The 2016 Nissan Leaf should be available rather soon. Though the manufacturer didn’t announce the exact release date doesn’t mean that the new model is something unknown. The new electric car is actually quite rumored about. It will come with some impressive new details, especially when it comes to its performance reports. The current Leaf was redesigned recently, but the manufacturer decided to improve it even more. This is due to its sale drop in this year. The current Leaf made 25 percent lower sale result in these five months of this year than over the same course of time last year. Reasons for this drop are numerous, from EV tax credits expiration to first off-lease units offered. However, the 2016 Nissan Leaf might change that. Not only will the new model be updated, it is rumored to come with quite an updated driving range. Therefore, the 2016 Nissan Leaf would be a more aggressive and fierce competitor to other green hatchbacks, which should attract more buyers.
2016 Nissan Leaf Updates
The 2016 Nissan Leaf will be launched this August. The new electric hatchback will come with an updated lithium-ion battery pack which will deliver 30 kilowatt-hours instead of the current 24. This will result in an updated driving range. The 2016 Nissan Leaf’s driving range is estimated to 125 miles on a single charge, which is a serious improvement compared to the current 84-miles per charge result.
However, this estimation is only theoretical. The 2016 Nissan Leaf will probably provide smaller distance between two charges. However, the manufacturer is expecting the new hatchback to provide between 105 and 110 miles per charging, which is still an impressive number. However, since this update might not be enough to attract new buyers, Nissan had planned yet another surprise.
Nissan’s Future Plans
The 2016 Nissan Leaf might impress many buyers with new driving range, but that’s not the end of the surprises. The manufacturer has also decided to release a new generation of the famous electric hatchback in a year or two. The next-gen hatchback is already in experimental test phase. According to some rumors, the new model will come with a driving range of more than 310 miles, which would be absolutely impressive.
This means that the 2016 Nissan Leaf is only a distraction, a way to keep us amused until the new EV arrives. That doesn’t mean that the 2016 Leaf is bad or anything – its new driving range is making it a rather impressive green car at the moment – but the next generation of Nissan Leaf is really going to push all the limits. If it does come with a 310 miles driving range, it will not only be the best EV offered in its market niche, but also a competition to other, fossil-fuel cars.
2016 Nissan Leaf & Next-Gen Model Release
The 2016 Nissan Leaf will be launched this August. Its price should not change too much, or maybe even at all, since the whole point with this update is to make the hatchback more attractive. A higher price would probably reduce its chances of improving sales.
However, the new generation of the famous hatchback should be released in a year or two. To be honest, we don’t expect to see it on the market before 2017, since there is a lot to be done and tested before the launch. On the other hand, the whole concept of the next generation hatch with a 49 percent better driving range came as a complete surprise from Nissan, so maybe they have a few more tricks up their sleeve. Whatever the case, we’ll keep you up-to-date.