Nissan has confirmed that a new variant of its Leaf small electric car, with a longer range and more power, named the ‘E-Plus’ will debut by the end of 2019.
It was confirmed by Nissan’s US director of EV marketing and sales strategy, Brian Maragno, in US publication AutoGuide.
Maragno claimed that the upcoming E-Plus will produce 150kW of power, a 40kW improvement over the regular car’s output. This higher output is possible thanks to a larger battery pack, with an claimed range of over 322-kilometres – however, its kilowatt-hour rating is still unknown.
The E-Plus’ larger battery and higher power output should allow it to be a better match for the base model Tesla Model 3, which packs a 75kWh battery that helps it deliver a 350km range.
When asked about the possibility of a high-performance Nismo version of the Leaf, Maragno didn’t provide any new information, but didn't rule it out.
The Nissan Leaf E-Plus is expected to launch in the US market for the 2019 model year, meaning that a reveal by the end of 2018 is likely. Nissan Australia was unavailable for comment so it is unclear if the E-Plus is under consideration locally. The standard Leaf is set to launch down under by the end of the year.