Next-Generation Nissan Compact Crossover Vehicle is Nissan's First Electric Vehicle Since Leaf

Nissan logo is pictured during the media day for the Shanghai auto show
the next-generation Nissan compact crossover was already shown to US dealers and so far, the revealed features are impressive. (Photo: REUTERS/Aly Song)

Japanese automaker Nissan reportedly showed off its next-generation electric crossover to dealers. The company has a couple of generations of its proprietary Leaf electric car under its belt, however, for its next electric installment; it will concentrate on the crossover sector. Automotive News recently reported that the Japanese automaker already showed its upcoming Nissan compact crossover vehicle with the electric powertrain to US dealers in August.

According to the report, the next compact crossover is scheduled to hit the US road in 2021 and will take cues from the IMx concept during the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show. The second concept will be at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show and will preview the upcoming Nissan compact crossover more closely. During the event, dealers were not permitted to take photos, but they described the Nissan compact crossover as a vehicle with the size similar to Nissan Rogue.

Interestingly, the dealers claim that the interior space of the upcoming Nissan compact crossover is a lot like the larger version of Nissan Murano. Moreover, the packaging of the car's electric powertrain provides far more space for engineers and designers to take advantage of. It includes a flat floor because of the absence of a transmission tunnel.

Another interesting detail about the upcoming Nissan compact crossover is that it has a range of 300 miles, 0 to 60 mph time under five seconds, and a room for five passengers. The cross-over electric battery is located on a new platform. The unnamed Nissan compact crossover vehicle will be the first new electric vehicle since Nissan launched the Leaf almost a decade ago.

After that, Nissan launched the second-generation Nissan Leaf although it was only after its release that the Japanese automaker introduced more competitive models including the one with a 226-mile range. The standard Nissan Leaf can go as far as 151miles when fully charged. Usually, consumers consider the range as the main deciding factor when purchasing an electric vehicle.

 In terms of technology, the Nissan compact crossover allegedly will introduce the second-generation ProPilot Assist technology. The new system promises the levels of autonomy similar to that offered by Cadillac Super Cruise. In other words, the Nissan compact crossover should be able to drive itself from off-ramp to on-ramp on US interstates without the need for human intervention or a driver to maneuver the steering wheel.

The Japanese automaker refused to give a comment on the report about the Nissan compact crossover vehicle. Meanwhile, the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show will kick off at the later part of October. By this time, we will have an idea of what the next Nissan compact crossover vehicle will look like and what it will be capable of.

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