A higher capacity battery and conventional styling top the list of changes planned for the 2017 release and are seen as a way to higher sales. Andy Palmer, executive VP in charge of Nissan’s zero emissions and Infiniti businesses stated in an April interview that battery chemistry is really seen as game changing technology and this is where Nissan stands to make major breakthroughs.
Palmer wouldn’t reveal just how much battery range the new generation LEAF will have but did hint that he thought around 185 miles had good mainstream appeal, a big jump from the LEAF’s current capacity of 84 miles.
Most likely, the standard LEAF hatchback will remain but will look more “normal” according to designers. Telsa has been a design inspiration to Nissan, so there is a distinct possibility that the 2017 LEAF might have some of the famous Tesla styling.