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.
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.