According to the latest rumor off the mill, in a recent interview, Tim Gallagher, the senior manager of Leaf and Electric Vehicles for Nissan, has allegedly confirmed the expected release date of the new generation Leaf all-electric.
It seems that the eagerly-awaited all-new Leaf will be ready for primetime faster than anyone expected – with a worldwide presentation in September and then deliveries starting very soon afterwards – as in before the end of 2017. What is odd is that we don’t have any other details about the new electric – just a bucket load of speculation. For example, we do know it will come with some semi-autonomous capabilities, most likely the first generation Pro Pilot system that allows single lane motorway autonomy, which should arrive this summer in Europe on the facelifted Qashqai.
The design might be inspired by the IDS concept (pictured) that was unwrapped at the Tokyo Motor Show in late 2015. Nissan has also hinted the new Leaf will have a range of more than 200 miles (321 kilometers). Additionally, it appears that “select” leaf can get an offer to extend their leases if they expire in 2017 to “potentially receive three months of waived payments on their extended leases, and be placed on a priority list for the all-new Leaf,” according to Gallagher.