A Preview into the New 2017 Nissan Leaf

Nissan is planning some major updates for its next-generation, zero-emissions Leaf hatchback, and two of its biggest improvements will include an upgraded battery pack to curb range anxiety, and a new, more conservative design. (1)

According to news and reviews, the latest Nissan Leaf is expected to arrive in 2017 equipped with a more capable battery pack than the outgoing model’s (2) 24 kWh lithium-ion version, which generates a total 107 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque. (3) The Japanese automaker has not yet revealed the vehicle’s specs, but rumors suggest the top trim may offer as much as 250 miles due to breakthroughs EV technology. (2)

Urban dwellers in particular may not experience full-blown range anxiety, but it remains a primary concern for electric car buyers, something Nissan is intent of dealing with. According to company executives, an EV must offer at least 185 miles to quell such consumer concerns, and to be considered as a practical alternative to both gasoline- and diesel-powered vehicles. (2)

As for style, Nissan may follow Tesla’s lead in offering a car that does not look like an EV, but rather something more conservative. Based on news from Left Lane, the Leaf will likely implement cues from the automaker’s latest design language, such as a floating roof treatment. (2)

Today, a host of fully electric cars and hybrid models are available to customers everywhere. However, the Nissan Leaf hatchback remains a truly noteworthy car, having made its mark in the industry by being the first 100 percent EV designed and priced for the everyday consumer. (3)

Visit Ferman Nissan for details regarding the current model. (1)

(1) “2017 Nissan Leaf: What We Know So Far About New Electric Car” Green Car Reports. http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1097235_2017-nissan-leaf-what-we-know-so-far-about-new-electric-car

(2) “Next Nissan Leaf to get more conservative look, 250-mile range?” Left Lane. http://www.leftlanenews.com/nissan-leaf-2017.html

(3) “Nissan Leaf Review” Edmunds.com. http://www.edmunds.com/nissan/leaf/

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