Nissan Leaf to launch in India in 2018 – Report

Posted on: Nov 11, 2016 - 2:59pm IST

Will be a CBU import that is expected to cost around INR 35 lakh (ex-showroom).

According to CarandBike, Nissan India will launch the Leaf electric vehicle in 2018. It will be a CBU import that is estimated to cost around INR 35 lakh (ex-showroom).

Nissan Leaf front three quarters
The Nissan Leaf was first showcased in India at the 2012 Auto Expo.

The model arriving in India would have to be the next gen Nissan Leaf that is tipped to make its world debut in 2018. Given that the Indian market has a weak infrastructure for electric vehicles, the Leaf will be a niche with no competition.

The next gen Leaf is reported to house a 60 kWh Li-Ion battery, which is twice the capacity offered by the current Leaf. While the current Leaf is only capable of a 172 km driving range, the next gen model is expected to offer over 300 km.

For the next generation, Nissan is reported to be working with carbon fiber reinforced plastic to reduce the body weight to offset the weight of its battery pack. It is also expected to host an upgraded system of autonomous driving, including radar-guided driving systems with 360 degree laser scanning.

Nissan Leaf-6
The next gen Leaf is reported to house a 60 kWh Li-Ion battery, which is over twice the capacity offered by the current Leaf.

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The current Leaf has sold almost 160,000 units in its lifetime, making it the most successful EV in the world. It is powered by a 80 kW motor that produces a peak torque of 240 Nm. It is equipped with ABS, EBD, six airbags, traction control, and vehicle dynamic control.

Nissan Leaf – Image Gallery

[Source: Car and Bike]

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