It looks like Nissan Leaf could become an entirely different vehicle in the near future. With crossovers and SUVs continuing to dominate the market, Nissan has supposedly decided that the next-generation EV will transform into a crossover.

According to a report by AutoCar UK, Nissan Europe boss Guillaume Cartier said that the next-gen Leaf will be based on the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi modular CMF-EV platform around 2025. By then, Nissan's future core models will consist of five electrified crossovers – the Juke, Qashqai, Ariya, X-Trail, and the aforementioned Leaf crossover. In addition, Nissan will reportedly stop developing conventional models for Europe like hatchbacks, sedans, and wagons. 

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But what does this mean for the future of the Leaf here in the Philippines?

Assuming the next-generation Leaf does become a crossover, it could make the EV more appealing to buyers. Launched earlier this year, the electric hatchback currently retails for PHP 2.798 million; a staggering price for what is essentially a compact EV. However, a high-riding electric crossover might be more appealing.

EVs still have a long way to go in the Philippines. But if Nissan is serious about turning the Leaf into a crossover, they could be onto something here. Until then, we'll be keeping our eyes peeled for any future development regarding the next-gen Leaf turning into a crossover.