Design will take influence from the Micra; it's confirmed to be available with Nissan's Propilot autonomous system

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.

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.

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18 May 2017
Like the sound of that range. Hopefully they will have given it a little more pep too so as to keep up with the i3s. Had a Leaf in the household for over a year now, by far the most popular car - fun, quiet, and if you get second hand, cheap.
Question for Britain is whether Nissan will deign to build it here post Brexit. Guess it depends on whether we have tariffs or can bribe them. Shame really given it will inevitably be a far better seller than the current British made Leaf.

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23 June 2017
Profit making companies should not be bribed to stay in the UK.

18 May 2017
I've recently started driving a Nissan Leaf for work and it has really impressed me! It is so smooth and relaxing to drive, and while its not a racing car it is nippy and torque and acceleration are always available regardless of speed. To all petrolheads- I would say don't knock an electric car till you've tried one, they have come a very long way. I think with a new model and increased range Nissan could well hit their target of 20% EV sales by 2020.

currently a happy owner of a Mitsubishi Shogun Pinin :)

19 May 2017
It would be great if all media would stop reporting these pointless teasers that manufacturers like to drip feed to mostly uninterested people. Nissan, either show us the whole car, or don't bother. Who really cares about what the lamp looks like in isolation?

5 June 2017
Looking forward to this already, I'll be looking to replace my current car in 2018 and on paper at least it might well fit the bill, Nissan have just gotta get the look right this time

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

5 June 2017
340miles range at the current pricing would be a winner. Hopefully they dont do a Tesla and software restrict the range.

5 June 2017
If that's true then they've got my interest - unless the 340 mile range is restricted to a "40K top of the range" trim level.

I agree with steve-p too - these silly 'teaser' pics that car makers are now pumping out are a complete waste of everyone's time. It's a car not the build up for a Hollywood blockbuster or some kind of strip tease!

Marketing people within the motoring industry have a lot to answer for. "Zoom zoom" anyone? No thanks!

 

Everyone has a right to an opinion - don't confuse that with insulting your mother :-)

SJK

5 June 2017
340 mile range?? - where does Autocar get its figures?

I drive a Nissan Leaf with the 30 Kwh battery. I think it is excellent but...

The 30 Kw Leaf's claimed range is 155 miles (nonsensical NEDC rating, just like ICE mileage ratings). I drive only in ECO mode and seek to minimise consumption, getting at best 125 mile range. Which is fine and what I expected.

The 60 Kw battery will likely only provide double those figures - claimed 310 and actual 250. The new leaf may have a slightly more efficient motor, maybe greater regen, maybe more efficient electronics (inverter, DC/DC converter etc) but these are not likely to result in significantly different real world mileage per Kw.

The Chevrolet Bolt with a 60Kw battery is rated by the US authorities for 238 miles (the US is the only country that has realistic mileage ratings), and most testers find it delivers that. The Bolt is about the same size as the Leaf and I suspect has the same batteries as the new Leaf (supplied by LG Chem).

So expect 230 to 250 mile range and you won't be disappointed. There is no great secret to real world electric car range - simply multiply the Kw capacity by 3 if you are heavy footed and 4 if not, except in winter when 2.5 to 3.5 is more realistic. I got 4.2 miles per Kw in the Spring, achievable if you have the time to avoid motorways, or the thick skin to travel at 55mph on them.

The big question about the new Leaf is at what rate it will take rapid charging - current Leaf peaks at 50 Kwh then slows as max capacity is approached (giving an 80% charge in 30 minutes - a 100 mile range), Teslas are at 125 Kwh, the Bolt peaks at 80Kwh, but reportedly slows quickly as it charges and as temp. varies. Charging rate is THE determinant of how useful an EV is for journeys outside town. 125Kwh would be very nice - chargers are already being installed with that capability, 350 Kwh to 400 Kwh planned.

However, currently the rapid charging network in the UK leaves an awful lot to be desired. Often only one rapid charging station per location, invariably not under cover so you can't read the screen in sunshine and get wet the rest of the time (carry an umbrella - to shade the sun or keep the rain off). Different suppliers requires different membership, apps and or cards. Wholly insufficient number of sites, Wales has I think two, one in the north and one on the M4 in the South, the rest is a black hole for EVs - it sucks you in and you may not be able to get out, you may find 3.3 or 6.6 kwh chargers but they add only 12 or 24 miles range per hour!

SJK

5 June 2017
What is with these ridiculous European range estimates? The testing protocol means they literally have no basis in reality. There US protocol results in much more accurate estimates and means that drivers occasionally exceed range. A much better scenario for those driver electric vehicles.

5 June 2017
what you did with the current Leaf, launching it with a pleasant, light and airy interior and then turning it into an unrelentingly black dreary cheap feeling cave of a place at the facelift.

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