Nissan’s new electric crossover to take over for the Leaf
The purely electric crossover model based on the Alliance platform CMF-EV announced by Nissan in the summer is to replace the Nissan Leaf from around 2025. It will be built at the plant in Sunderland, England.
This was confirmed by Nissan’s European boss Guillaume Cartier to the British portal Autocar. The Nissan Leaf hatchback, which has been popular for years, is to be replaced by a crossover coupé based on the joint CMF-EV platform of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance. In July, Nissan already showed the first teaser pictures of the BEV. In the side view, the curved roofline, large wheels and the short front and rear overhangs typical of electric vehicles were particularly striking.
There are no technical details about the model or a name yet. The vehicle is the model for which the manufacturer wants to create production capacities for 100,000 vehicles per year in Sunderland, England, as reported. The batteries are to be built in the recently announced cell factory of Envision AESC not far from the Sunderland plant.
Cartier also said that Nissan is aiming for five electrified crossovers by 2025: the Juke, Qashqai, Ariya and X-Trail, as well as the Leaf successor. The company will no longer develop conventional models such as sedans, hatchbacks and station wagons on its own in Europe. According to Cartier, Nissan will use the development bases of its alliance partners Mitsubishi and Renault. In addition, Cartier said that Nissan will no longer invest in the development of internal combustion engines.
Nissan aims to cover 80 per cent of its sales with electric cars by 2030. As early as 2025, the entire product range is to be electrified either with electric cars or with the E-Power hybrid variant.