The 2016 Nissan Leaf is one of the original all electric cars on the market which managed to find its way into production in the mid of 2011 and even though the car received a few updates during its life since then, it never really changed all that much.
2016 Nissan Leaf Review
However, Nissan is planning a few surprises for us and it seems that the next generation 2016 Nissan Leaf is going to be a highly different car than the current generation, both in terms of performance and also looks.
While Nissan hasn’t really said anything about how the car may look, it is safe to assume that the next generation Leaf is going to borrow heavily from the Sway Concept car which has been released earlier this year.
Nissan Leaf Design
This is only natural because the current generation of the Leaf is one of the more unusual looking cars out there and even though it offers all the commodities needed for someone to feel comfortable inside, the car looks a bit odd having no front grille. The next model is going to get a closing front grille which is likely going to cool down its regenerative brakes as well as it will likely act as an air brake.
On top of that, it will get a completely different looking design with sharper lines, a V-shaped front grille which should give the car more presence as well as different looking headlights that are likely going to be carried over from the concept vehicle. At the back it will also feature a new set of tail lights as well as a new bumper similar to what the A-Class from Mercedes is going in Europe. While at first it may seem like a rip-off, take into account that both car companies are working together.
Interior of Nissan Leaf 2016
Inside the new Leaf we are going to see quite a big evolution from the current model, both in terms of materials and also the feel the car is offering to its driver. It will no longer be awkward to look at but rather pleasant with more conventional lines and equipment as well as an easier to understand layout. Unfortunately we don’t know much else about its interior but details are likely going to emerge in the near future.
2016 Leaf Engine
The 2016 Nissan Leaf is still going to be an all electric car but this time it will get a smaller and more powerful 120 horsepower and 300 lb-ft of torque electric motor which should make it feel a bit zippier.
On top of that, Nissan is going to give the car a denser battery pack which together with the more efficient engine should increase the total range of the car from the current 75 miles to more than 110 miles, making the Leaf a true long distance electric car.