2019 Nissan Leaf E-Plus making its debut at CES?

Its driving range should cross the 200-mile mark.

The 2019 edition of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is shaping up to be a big one for the automotive industry. Nissan will allegedly travel to Las Vegas to introduce the long-awaited Leaf E-Plus with more range thanks to a bigger battery pack.

German website Electrive learned the details about Nissan's big surprise from an insider. The source confirmed the E-Plus name and added the model will receive a 60-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack. To add context, the second-generation Leaf (pictured) is currently only offered with a 40-kilowatt-hour pack that delivers up to 151 miles of range. The additional capacity should bump the Leaf's range above the 200-mile mark, which would help it better compete against newcomers like the 258-mile Hyundai Kona, while giving it about 200 horsepower.

The pack still won't be liquid-cooled, according to the same report. And, it won't be accompanied by major visual changes. The E-Plus will most likely receive specific badges, but don't expect to see it wear a new-look design.

Nissan originally planned to release the Leaf E-Plus in November, but it delayed the launch in the wake of former chairman Carlos Ghosn's arrest. The firm hasn't commented on what the future holds for the Leaf. If the report from Germany is accurate, we'll learn more about the 2019 Nissan Leaf E-Plus in the coming weeks. The model is scheduled to go on sale across Europe in May of 2019, meaning it could reach American showrooms next summer. Pricing won't be announced until closer to its on-sale date.

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