With new 200-mile EVs from GM and Tesla making headlines, the EV world has been anxiously awaiting word of how Nissan, maker of the world’s all-time best-selling pure EV, would respond.
Now at least we have a date.
“Nissan USA’s all-new Nissan LEAF will be globally revealed in Sept. & go on sale before the end of the year,” the company announced in a tweet.
No details about the new vehicle were divulged, and the educated guesses and speculation have been flying thick and heavy. Nissan has said in the past that the new LEAF will have a range of over 200 miles, and that it will have some sort of autonomous driving ability. It has also strongly implied that it will have a sportier look, and many have speculated that it will resemble the IDS concept that was revealed at the Tokyo Motor Show in late 2015.
Nissan has been slow to discuss the upcoming LEAF for fear of spoiling sales of the existing LEAF. Along with the notice of the September reveal, the company announced an offer for existing lessees designed to keep them in the fold. “Many LEAF owners can extend their lease, get 3 months of courtesy payments & get on the list for the next LEAF,” tweeted Nissan.
Tim Gallagher, Nissan’s Senior Manager of LEAF and Electric Vehicles, confirmed the offer in a message to InsideEVs. “Select” LEAF customers with leases that expire in 2017 will receive an offer to “potentially receive three months of waived payments on their extended leases, and be placed on a priority list for the all-new LEAF.”
“We know we have plenty of loyal and passionate customers and we want to keep them in the family,” Gallagher continued. “This gives them some options. We are pretty confident that the next generation LEAF – all together, range, technology, design and value – will exceed their expectations.”