The new 2020 Nissan Leaf offers 342 miles (550 km) of EV range

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2020 Nissan Leaf review

The 2020 Nissan Leaf will change the architecture and the concept it is built on. Every new version is upgrading its predecessor, but the model for 2020 will raise the bar to new levels. What do you think about 342 miles of range? Well, that is exactly what the 2020 Leaf is bringing.

The new object for the Nissan company is to electrify as many vehicles as soon as possible. Well, the Leaf is a pioneer in the EV category, but it will get the company very soon. After 2020 other nameplates will also get hybrid, PHEV, and EV variants. The future of the automotive industry is in electric power. Chiefs in the Japanese company are aware of it, and they will do everything to be competitive when more rivals arrive.

2020 Nissan Leaf

The 2020 Nissan Leaf will compete with Tesla’s vehicles. Also, Chevy Bolt should skyrocket its mileage soon, but we doubt it will go up to 340 miles. All in all, we can expect an interesting season in the EV segment. The worth of mention is Ford’s electrification plan, but the Blue Oval company doesn’t have a true pure electric rival for 2020 Leaf.

2020 Nissan Leaf Range

Currently, the Leaf is offering a range of 151 miles. With new upgrades, the EV will offer an incredible boost. Kazuo Yajima, Director of EV & HEV technology, announced the new concept will make the car capable to go 342 miles (550 kilometers) between recharges. To do this, Nissan will need time and money. Also, we don’t know how it is going to affect the prices of the 2020 Nissan Leaf. Definitely, not good for buyers, since the cost of development will increase the cost of purchase.

Back in April, CEO Hiroto Saikawa said a 300-mile car is possible. But then, there were no details about plans and release date. Now, the 340-miles of the range is becoming a reality, even before than Saikawa though. He mentioned three years, but it seems like 2020 Nissan Leaf is coming earlier.

2020 Nissan Leaf side view

2020 Nissan Leaf Batteries

The first Leaf was able to go 73 miles with one charge. Every new model added more range, and the current rating is 150 miles. However, the car falls short of its direct competitors – Tesla Model 3 that offers 220 miles, and Chevrolet Bolt with 238 miles. Nissan is not letting it go. Recent development has shown they can top these with the new 2020 Nissan Leaf.

To do so, a lot of improvements have to be done. First of all, the new battery pack. Although the current electric motor is new, a 40 kW unit, it will be replaced in 2020. The upcoming Leaf will also get more power and torque. Well, the electric car with 147 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque is everything but weak. Well, the 2020 Nissan Leaf will get a minor boost in these sections to maximize the range. Just for comparison, Chevy Bolt is using 60 kW, and Tesla Model 3 50 kW battery. For 100+ more miles, we assume Nissan is going after 80 kW.

2020 Nissan Leaf rear view

2020 Nissan Leaf Changes

The 2020 Nissan Leaf belongs to the hatchback segment. As an EV, it comes with a futuristic look and supreme features in the cabin. After almost seven years, the car was redesigned, so we doubt the company will change a lot of things for 2020 Leaf. Whatsoever, some updates are required, since the new battery will be heavier. Also, the technology moves forward. One system will benefit before others – autonomous drive.

2020 Nissan Leaf Autonomous Drive

Nissan installed a light version of ProPilot for the current Leaf. By 2020 model, a higher tier of the autonomous drive will be under development. The Japanese company aims to get it to Level 3, or even Level 4. In Level, the car will drive alone. However, the driver needs to step in and help during jams and heavy traffic. Tesla Model 3 is at this level, although some experts are denying it.

It would be the first production car to get there. Level 4 of the autonomous drive would make the 2020 Nissan Leaf go anywhere without any big help from a human. Well, the driver could intervene in some off-road conditions.

2020 Nissan Leaf dashboard

2020 Nissan Leaf Price

Currently, the Leaf is beating its competition. Both Tesla Model 3 and Chevy Bolt are offering better range, but it is not a real measure. During 2018, Nissan hit the 300,000th sold unit of its only EV. Much more than its rivals did. Now, with upgrades, there will be very high expectations from 2020 Nissan Leaf.

The bad thing is that a price can’t sit under $30,000 anymore. Chevy Bolt costs $37,000. The price of the Tesla Model 3 is $35,000. With a bigger battery and more range, we believe the new 2020 Nissan Leaf will also be the most expensive EV in this category. Don’t be surprised if it goes over $40k.

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