According to Nissan head Carlos Ghosn, the second generation Nissan Leaf will not only get a new EV platform, but also take advantage of the company’s ProPilot semi-autonomous driving technology.
During the presentation of the CEO at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show, Ghosn detailed the next Leaf’s future ability to drive itself within a single-lane of highway traffic. The system is not as complex as Tesla’s Autopilot – which reportedly can also be used on snowy roads – but it’s still going to be a major selling point for a compact, affordable electric vehicle. Nissan has not announced when exactly is the new Leaf coming out – with speculation pushing it towards the end of 2019. The new Leaf is also expected to share the architecture with the next generation Renault Zoe and there’s even a Mitsubishi reportedly joining the party – while the styling should be close to the IDS concept (pictured).
The Nissan ProPilot system is also expecting to make its debut in Europe on the upcoming Qashqai facelift after only being available in Japan for now on the Serena minivan. Its current version is able to handle steering, acceleration, and braking, within a single lane, with the drivers needing to keep the hands on the steering at all time. The top speed for its operation is of 81 miles per hour (130 kilometers per hour) and the next iteration arriving in 2018 could also bring multi-lane highway driving.