New electric crossover to replace Nissan Leaf

New electric crossover to replace Nissan Leaf

A new electric crossover is to take over from the Nissan Leaf - from 2025. The model will be built at the carmaker’s plant in Sunderland, according to Nissan’s European boss Guillaume Cartier, and will be based on the Alliance platform CMF-EV.

Cartier confirmed to Autocar that the Nissan's iconic Leaf will be replaced by a crossover coupé, of which Nissan revealed images in July this year.

While there are no technical details about the model that will replace the Leaf, or indeed a name, the vehicle is the model for which the manufacturer wants to create production capacities of 100,000 vehicles per year. The batteries are to be built in the recently announced cell factory of Envision AESC not far from the Sunderland plant.

Indeed, Nissan expects 80% of its sales to be full EVs by 2030 and by 2025 will have electrified its entire range with either full EVs or its E-power hybrid option. In light of this, by 2025, Nissan’s core future model line-up will include five models, all of them electrified crossovers: the Juke, Qashqai, Ariya and X-Trail, plus the replacement for the Nissan Leaf.

“We will look to the Alliance for a full line-up and powertrains,” said Cartier. “One topic that is still open is the entry [level model]. Key point is how we offer something from the Alliance with the Nissan brand.” He added that the car “absolutely” would be an EV.

“Strategically, we bet on electrification,” Cartier added. “If we invest in EU7, the ballpark cost is about half the profit margin per car, around €2000 you would have to pass onto the customer. So we bet on EV, knowing it will decrease in cost.”

Nissan CEO Makoto Uchida has also confirmed that the company will not be investing in hydrogen technology: “Our competitors have many solutions for technology,” said Uchida. “For us, we decided EVs. We used to have hydrogen technology at Nissan, and maybe in a different world, we still would. But so far, this [EVs] is our asset, and what we want to be on.”

Olly Goodall

Author:Olly Goodall
Date Updated:20th Oct 2021

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