The next-gen car is expected to have a 340-mile range
Nissan has previewed its next Leaf with this image
The brand has also confirmed that it'll come with the its Propilot semi-autonomous technology
The car has already been spotted testing under covers
Its design is clearly inspired by that of the new Micra
The next Nissan Leaf will introduce new Propilot Park technology when it is revealed on 6 September.
Using sonars and cameras, the car will be able to park itself in parallel, angled, front or straight back-in parking spots, handling throttle, braking and steering input.
This park assist system will come as part of the car's Propilot tech, which also includes a single-lane semi-autonomous feature. This will make it Nissan's most advanced autonomous model on sale.
It will also be the most capable electric model in its range and is predicted to offer more than twice the range of its predecessor of up to 340 miles.
This is around 90 miles further than the latest Renault Zoe can offer, making the Leaf a likely class leader by some margin.
The gains will come thanks to new battery pack options for the Leaf that will enable Nissan to sell it with a variety of specs, as Tesla does with its models. The largest battery could double the 30kWh lithium ion pack found in the highest-spec version of today’s Leaf.
In the run up to the car's world reveal, Nissan released a preview picture that shows a three-dimensional pyramid design within the car's grille. This new feature will come as part of the new Leaf's more aggressive exterior design.
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The design appears to be inspired by the Micra, as shown by sightings of development cars (see gallery), with sharper lines on the body and a more aggressively stooped nose.
When the future Leaf arrives on roads next year, it will lead Nissan's charge to grow EVs to represent 20% of its sales by 2020.