With two generations of the Leaf electric car released on the market, Nissan is reportedly dabbing its feet into building crossovers for its next generation of EVs.
A recently published report claims Nissan dealers in the United States were given access to information on the automaker’s upcoming compact electric crossover in August. The report states that the model is scheduled to arrive in American shores in 2021 and is said to be based on the IMx concept previously shown at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show. Additionally, a second concept is planned to be shown at this year’s Tokyo Motor Show set toward the end of October.
As photos were not allowed at the dealers-only event, they went on to describe the compact EV as something that closely resembles the size of the current Rogue. The difference, though, is that the new compact crossover’s interior offers more space like that of the Murano. With more cabin space, Nissan’s designers and engineers are also believed to have been creative in coming up with a flat floor due to the absence of a transmission tunnel.
Dealers also shared that the electric crossover can accommodate five passengers, accelerate up to 60 mph in less than five seconds, and has a range of 300 miles. The model is also based on a new platform, according to the sources.
Other details of the compact crossover include the “futuristic” cockpit and a digital dashboard that only gets revealed once the driver starts the car.
Technology-wise, the vehicle is said to have Nissan’s ProPilot Assist technology, which allows the car to drive from on-ramp to off-ramp on US interstates without requiring the driver’s hands to be placed on the steering wheel.
The new electric compact crossover will be the brand’s first new electric vehicle since it debuted the Leaf 10 years ago, whose second generation has a 226-mile range.