Nissan has shown dealers in the USA a trio of next-generation electric vehicles (EVs), including a new Leaf.
Automotive News reports word from dealer sources the three vehicles are due in the second half of this decade.
The Leaf replacement, despite its SUV shape, will reportedly offer 25 per cent more range than the current car as well as “mini-Ariya” styling. The current Leaf, for reference, offers 270km of WLTP range in standard guise and 385km in the e+.
Nissan also used this dealer conference to showcase its next-generation, combustion-powered Kicks, Murano, and Armada (Patrol) SUVs.
It’s unclear what shape the additional CMF-EV crossover will take. The Ariya is sized similarly to the Toyota RAV4 and is around 100mm shorter than a Nissan X-Trail, so it could be a model to slot in the segment above.
Nissan did preview a boxier electric SUV earlier this year called the Arizon, previewing a Chinese-market SUV due in 2024.
We have a better idea what the Leaf and Maxima replacements will look like.
It previewed a small electric coupe crossover late in 2021 with the Chill-Out concept, riding on the CMF-EV platform and offering an e-4ORCE dual-motor all-wheel drive system like the larger Ariya.
A few months later, it released a shadowy teaser of two electric passenger cars set to enter production in the US in 2025.
One was clearly a Nissan, the other an Infiniti, and both resembled low-slung fastbacks.
These could replace the ageing rear-wheel drive Infiniti Q50 and the front-wheel drive Nissan Maxima, the latter of which is exiting production this year.
The new EV could help fill a vacuum in Nissan’s lineup, as the petrol-powered Nissan Altima sedan is also reportedly being axed at the end of its current lifecycle around mid-decade.
The Altima is similarly sized to the Maxima but differs in being positioned as a more mainstream model, and in also being offered in China. It also features four-cylinder power, unlike the V6-powered Maxima.
Nissan plans to launch 27 electrified vehicles globally by 2030, including 19 battery-electric models.