Facelifted Nissan Leaf at CES 2017
This could be the Nissan Leaf with better aerodynamics and the 38 kWh battery we’ve been waiting for.
InsideEVs as always did a great job by taking some – until now – unseen pictures of the Nissan Leaf that Nissan is using to promote the Intelligent Mobility at CES 2017.
While it seems that nobody noticed, this is probably the facelifted Nissan Leaf with the slightly bigger battery capacity we’ve been waiting for in this blog. I think that because most people were waiting for a completely new electric car, they didn’t notice what is right there in front of them…
Below we have two pictures, that we can thank InsideEVs for.
It’s just a minor facelift, but the reduction of the “frog eyes” is great for better aesthetics and aerodynamics. Those wheel trims and the cameras replacing the side mirrors also help to further improve the aerodynamics and efficiency. All combined, at least 10-15 % efficiency improvement is achieved at highway speeds.
I can’t see much difference in the rear, except for a what seems to be a diffuser for better airflow underneath the car. I also wonder if the trunk gained some extra space or usability.
All in all, I was expecting a sleeker front, but to be fair, in last July when I wrote the facelifted Nissan Leaf story I was told it would be just a minor facelift with two battery options. I just hoped it to be a bit better looking and aerodynamic. But every improvement as small as it can be is always welcomed.
Now we have to find what Nissan did to the interior, especially to the Leaf’s powertrain efficiency. If I had to guess I would say it’ll get a 150-160 miles EPA range.
Next stop will be Monday, January 9 at NAIAS, where Carlos Ghosn will be on stage for 25 minutes.
What do you think? Is this Nissan Leaf a let down, or like me, you need to know the price first to decide it?