Marcus De Guzman / Nissan | May 29, 2018 09:17
Nissan celebrates 100,000 sales milestone in Japan with drop-top Leaf
No, your eyes are not deceiving you. Nissan has actually built a convertible version of the Leaf in Japan. Revealed at a Tokyo forum on zero-emissions, the drop-top EV was specially made to celebrate the company's milestone of selling 100,000 units in the Land of The Rising Sun.
While it may look like the company only chopped the roof off on the Leaf, we noticed that Nissan modified the EV to look like a proper convertible. For starters, it is now a two-door instead of a five-door hatchback. It's not exactly the most appealing drop-top out there, but you have to give credit for Nissan in actually making the Leaf Open Air possible.
The company is coy on the specifics of the Leaf convertible, but we do know that this is powered by the same 'EM57' e-powertrain from the all-new model. Fed with a 40 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, it has a maximum range of 400 kilometers and generates 150 PS with 320 Nm of torque.
Don't expect this particular Leaf to make it into production as the company plans to keep it as a one-off. In other words, Nissan will not make a topless version of the Leaf any time soon.
However, the company may be looking to build a crossover version of the Leaf via the IMx concept. First revealed during the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show, it features similar technologies from the Leaf but is packaged in a taller, more powerful platform.
There is no word yet as to when will Nissan reveal the crossover-based Leaf.