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Next Nissan Leaf To Get More Range, New Looks

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On: Thu, Apr 19, 2012 at 10:31AM | By: Chris Weiss

Next Nissan Leaf To Get More Range, New Looks

If there's one complaint about the Nissan Leaf, it's that it offers less than 75 miles of driving per charge. Given the courtesy of two complaints, we might have to point out the Nissan's unimpressive, pug-nosed looks. Let's face it: You drive the Leaf if you want to save money on gas and be a little greener, not if you want to look good driving. Nissan might just fix both those problems in the next generation Leaf.

Then again it might not. A new Automotive News Europe report says that Nissan plans to redesign the next Leaf, giving it a more European look. We're not sure exactly what that means, but we do know Europe has its fair share of tiny, unattractive hatchbacks, which makes us wonder if the next generation Leaf will look all that much better. Then again, Europe is also home to some of the world's most beautiful cars and most renowned luxury and exotic car makers, so let's hope that's the European influence Nissan is thinking about.

Hopefully, Nissan will pull a little design strategy from the Infiniti LE, an electric luxury car that's built to be both attractive and green. That model is earmarked for production of its own, but if Nissan could approach the design of the Leaf with a little more aesthetic intent, it's clear they can come up with something good.

It sounds like the redesign will be European only, but if Nissan finds styling that works much better than the current model, we can't imagine it'd hesitate to use it in other markets.

In addition to a new look, Nissan reportedly plans to up the range of the Leaf to 160 km. Now that's about the same 100 miles that Nissan advertises for the current Leaf, so we'll assume they're going to try to increase third-party rating to 100 miles. The EPA rates the car at 73 miles, a far cry from the advertised 100.

In addition to more mileage and a new look, the next Leaf will get retuned to make acceleration smoother. Nissan will start building the Leaf in England next year, instead of importing it from Japan, helping to bring the European price down.


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