Although the electric vehicle sales race has largely been focused on the Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf in the past, it isn’t a true rivalry. The Volt is a plug-in hybrid while the Leaf is a pure electric vehicle. Things have changed, however, with the introduction of the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV.
But Nissan isn’t sitting idly by.
Nissan has published the first official image of the all-new Leaf. The automaker did not offer any other specifics regarding its next mass-market EV but did confirm the Leaf will debut later this year, likely in the fall.
The sole image shows a drastic design motif from the current Leaf. We say that because the current Leaf’s headlight design is decidedly bug-eyed, this teaser shows a crisp, edgy look.
The big question will be how much range Nissan squeezes from the next Leaf. The Bolt EV changed the game with a 238-mile range at an affordable price point; Nissan will have to beat that figure or at least come close to keep competitive. If not, the Leaf will have to offer a different selling point to steer buyers into showrooms and away from Chevrolet dealerships.
Nissan plans to announce additional information surrounding the Leaf this summer. We’ll be watching.