The main subject of Ghosn’s keynote was upcoming autonomous and connected car technology, but Ghosn mentioned that the next Nissan Leaf would be fitted with Propilot technology – an autonomous system by Nissan which allows full autonomy on single-lane roads.
Ghosn refrained from putting a date on the next Leaf’s introduction, and a Nissan spokesman couldn’t reveal any more information on when the car will break cover, but it’s fair to expect a 2018 introduction, with the potential of a late 2017 reveal.
We expect the next Leaf to have a range of around 340 miles from a single charge, suggested on the IDS concept seen at the Tokyo motor show in 2015. The concept had a 60kWh battery pack which provided a range of between 310 and 340 miles. A potential approach is having tiers of battery range comprising the Leaf lineup, with more expensive cars featuring a more capacious battery pack.