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Nissan Leaf may get crossover sibling

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Nissan Leaf may get crossover sibling

 

The most
famous electric car in the world, the Nissan Leaf, may get a bigger brother if
reports from Nissan are anything to go by. Rumours abound that the Japanese
automaker is planning a crossover based on the new Leaf.

The new
Nissan Leaf is the much-anticipated second generation that is already on its
way. It is expected to stick to being a hatchback but have an all-new platform,
new batteries and a new electric motor. All designed to bring the Nissan Leaf
further into the mainstream.

Rumour is
that Nissan is already working on a crossover based on either the Juke or
Qashqai that will take the electric bits from a Leaf and integrate them into a
new electric vehicle. Nissan has yet to comment, but have said in the past that
they were open to the idea of expanding the lineup.

2015
Nissan Leaf

This
generation of the Nissan Leaf was launched in 2011. With improvements each
year, this electric car is better than ever. New for 2015 is a better
regenerative braking system and some minor updates throughout the range.

Since that
release, the Nissan Leaf has singlehandedly changed perceptions about electric
vehicles and has spurred competition throughout the segment. Now, almost every
automaker produces one model of electric vehicle, mainly thanks to the gauntlet
laid down by the Leaf.

The 2015
Nissan Leaf can travel 84 miles on a full battery and can charge in four hours
using 240v and the 6.6 kW charger or eight hours using the 3.3 kW charger. The
80 kW electric motor that drives the Leaf is equivalent to 107 hp and 187 lb-ft
of torque and runs from a 24 kW battery pack.

The main
reason for the success of the Nissan Leaf so far has been the ease of use and
the quality interior. Nissan is famous for its cabins and that's no different
here. The batteries are underneath the floor which allows for a spacious cabin
no different from other cars. Cargo space isn't impacted either.

Inside, the
cabin has lots of quality materials and passenger space, making it a very
comfortable car to be in. The touchscreen in the centre stack controls many
aspects of the car and is very intuitive, which also makes living with the
vehicle easier.

The 2015
Nissan Leaf is available in S, SV and SL trims. The Leaf S offers a 3.3 kW
charger, 16 inch wheels, heated mirrors, power everything, keyless entry and
ignition, climate control, heated seats, a 4.3 inch touchscreen, reversing
camera and CD audio with Bluetooth.

The Nissan
Leaf is an excellent example of how easy electric motoring can be. Check it out
at Collins Nissan, 155 Scott St., St. Catharines, ON L2N 1H3!

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