2018 Nissan Leaf might be locally assembled to bring the selling cost down in India; will have increased driving range and higher capacity battery over the current model
Nissan will likely be following its rivals Toyota and Hyundai on bringing the EVs to domestic market. The sales and local production of Toyota Camry will have inspired other global manufacturers to evaluate their electric and hybrid vehicles in Indian scenes and capitalise on the growing potential in premium space.
According to recent internet reports, Nissan could locally manufacture its popular Leaf and introduce at an aggressive price range. The Leaf has been around for several years now and it has been well-received in European as well as other foreign markets. As the existing generation Leaf gets to the closing stages of its lifespan, Nissan is expected to consider the forthcoming Leaf for India.
Its global premiere will happen on September 6 and Nissan will have the Leaf significantly upgraded in terms of efficiency and design language. The sales of Leaf have crossed over 2.5 lakh examples in its seven year lifecycle. It will be targetting even bigger figures when the new generation model comes to the fore. Ahead of the debut, it has gradually been teased and in a recent video, the innovative e-Pedal driving has been showcased.
It uses regenerative braking to accelerate, decelerate and stop the vehicle via a single pedal. Activated with a switch, it shows how well automakers are adapting the regenerative tech like the Chevrolet Bolt EV and even Tesla models managing them cleverly. To the excitement of EV enthusiasts, Nissan India has been reported to have confirmed its local testing and is cautious over increased pricing if brought into the country through CBU route. This could only mean the local production is on the cards.
Nissan Leaf will act as a learning tool for understanding the electric vehicle market but considering the quirky nature of our local customers it might have to come up with something new for India. On a longer perspective, Nissan might create a low-cost EV that would fit to the mileage needs in a volume segment.
Nissan has recently announced a low-cost EV for China and the knowledge learned there could be used for India. In two battery modes – 24 kWh and 30 kWh – the Nissan Leaf returns a current range of 228 km and 280 km respectively.
The restyled new Leaf vows to capitalise on the success of the outgoing model emulating superlative levels of global sales. Let us be honest here, the teased picture did not reveal much except that the headlamps with be LED units with perhaps a more sporty appeal.
The leaf has been criticised for its bland looks and Nissan could address the form factor in the upcoming model with well-defined cuts and creases along the body. No more legit details are known as of yet but rumours suggest that it could be offered with a 40 kWh and 60 kWh lithium-ion battery pack with the latter responsible for a driving range of nearly 600 kilometers on a single charge.
Earlier, Renault-Nissan group’s CEO Carlos Ghosn affirmed the Leaf will come equipped with semi-autonomous driving technology. Known as the ProPilot, it is said to enable the car to drive autonomously on the highways. Leading up to the launch Nissan said we can expect more pictures and information regarding the much-awaited Leaf electric car.
India-Bound 2018 Nissan Leaf EV Images
Spy Source: Carscoops