The 2026 Nissan Leaf will be reborn as a stylish SUV with a concept design
The third generation Leaf is expected to draw inspiration from the Chill-Out Concept crossover coupe that will be unveiled in 2021.
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Development of the third generation Nissan LEAF is underway, and it is expected to undergo significant changes compared to the current model. In fact, it will become a high-riding crossover when it launches at the end of next year, and will be made in the same British factory that will also produce the Qashqai EV and Juke EV.
According to a source inside the automaker, the next-generation Leaf will have a lower, sleeker look compared to the Qashqai and Juke. It will draw design inspiration from Ariya as well as the brand’s Chill-Out concept, which was unveiled in 2021. Few would describe the first two generations of Leaf as particularly attractive, but the new model is expected to be far more attractive. appearance.
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Nissan’s designers have been determined to stay away from replicating the “awkward proportions” of the first and second generations Leaf, Motoring News has learned. This goal will be facilitated by the fact that the car will share the same CMF-EV platform as the Ariya and Renault Megane E-Tech, rather than being built on a combustion car platform like the outgoing model.
The Nissan Chill-Out Concept featured sleek, streamlined body panels with few unnecessary lines, creases or sharp edges, something that can’t be said about many cars currently on sale. It also has a front fascia dominated by LED headlights, an LED light bar, and an illuminated Nissan badge. If the new Leaf looks 50% as stylish as the concept, it will be a huge improvement over the current car.
The new LEAF will be powered by state-of-the-art batteries produced by Chinese battery company, Envision, at a facility being built next to Nissan’s Sunderland plant in the UK. These advanced batteries provide a 30% increase in energy density compared to current model batteries, which will significantly enhance driving range.