With the astounding popularity of the Leaf, Nissan is planning to launch a new vehicle for the US market. It may be recalled that they had already planned to release 2 EVs at the start of the coming year. The two planned EVs include a Leaf-based luxury sedan and a small electric van for use as a commercial vehicle or taxi. The fourth model has three possibilities and according to insiders we can speculate as to what it will be.
The first option is a small city car that will find a slot below the Nissan Versa; however it would not be as small as Daimler’s Smart for Two, which Nissan is co-developing alongside the German company.
The second possibility is of an electric sports car that would have a similar sleek design as the Esflow concept. Unfortunately, this model is the least likely to make the cut as Nissan is focused on high volume models and a sports car is unlikely to fit the bill.
Further, Nissan is considering a Crossover or small minivan electric vehicle. We saw a possible design preview of this model for the first time last year in the form of the Townpod EV concept. Nissan’s US execs believe this final option could appeal very well to the crossover-rich US Market.
The model may have to consider markets apart from the US. The electric vehicle will eventually spread from the US to become a global model, therefore the desires and tastes of the wide ranging European market will also affect the rendering of the vehicle.