Next Nissan Leaf to spawn crossover?
The high-riding Leaf would have a driving range of approximately 250 miles.
British media outlets are reporting that the second-generation Nissan Leaf could spawn a crossover shortly after its introduction.
Adding a second Leaf body style will allow Nissan to benefit from economies of scale, and executives see a compact crossover as the most logical option because soft-roaders are in growing demand all around the world. A Leaf on stilts would also draw a new range of buyers into Nissan showrooms.
The Leaf and its crossover counterpart will share the same drivetrain, though the crossover might come with a more potent battery pack in order to offset the additional weight.
What we know so far
Surprisingly, Nissan has all but confirmed that the second-gen Leaf will feature a more conventional look that will fall in line with the company's latest design language thanks to styling cues like a V-shaped grille and a floating roof. Mamoru Aoki, Nissan's global design chief, credits Tesla for proving that electric vehicles no longer need to look off-beat.
If the report is accurate, additional details about the high-riding Leaf will emerge over the coming months. The second-gen Leaf is scheduled to debut in 2017 at the latest, so the crossover could be presented at a major auto show the following year.