2016 Nissan Leaf Redesign, Release Date and Review

Reports said that the next-generation 2016 Nissan Leaf is being developed extensively and will be ready later in 2016. The automaker claims that the vehicle will have double range than the current as well as new conventional look. We can see that Nissan is working hard to make the Leaf a market leader.

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While AutoExpress quotes a driving range of about 186 miles, that’s on the more-generous Imperial testing cycle; here in America, the 2016 Nissan Leaf should be good for about 150 miles per charge. Another major component of the next Nissan EV will be a more prominent charging network. Nissan dealerships have begun installing free-to-use fast chargers, and Nissan executives met with their counterparts at Tesla Motors to discuss use of the Supercharger network. It’s too early to tell just how serious those discussions were, but the Tesla Model S has set the standard for what electric cars can, and should be.

Exterior

It also seems that Nissan’s designers have realized that an electric car doesn’t need to look unusual, as they’re targeting a more conventional style. Our images give you a good idea of how it’s shaping up, with bosses keen that the large chrome ‘V’ in the grille and the blacked out pillars become recognizable design features of the next generation of Nissan cars. The angular lights and creased bodywork are developed from the brand’s latest concept cars, including the Friend ME.

However, a more usable range and fresh styling can only go so far towards boosting the Leaf’s sales appeal; a much improved charging infrastructure will play a key role, too.

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Hopefully the next Nissan Leaf is riding on a purpose-built EV platform, which combined with a more conventional look could broaden its appeal to the car-buying public. With more driving range and access to more charging stations, range anxiety could become a thing of the past. Infiniti is also in line to get a luxury version of the Leaf, and multiple battery options have been rumored to be on the table too. However, it won’t hit dealerships until the second half of 2016, most likely as a 2017 model.

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Release Date and Price

It’s still unclear when will the 2016 Nissan Leaf be unveiled, but we expect that the vehicle should be there in late 2016. AutoCar reports that the next-generation Leaf will cost around £17,000 which translates around $27,000, but it’s not a good practice to directly translate the pricing as it has a high possibility of inaccuracy. Keep coming back here for future updates.

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