Don't want to buy a Chinese electric car? 2025 Nissan Leaf-succeeding SUV set for big range boost that will finally make it a competitive EV
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Nissan’s Leaf-succeeding electric car could be set for a significant boost in range that would make it much more competitive against models like the Hyundai Kona Electric and BYD Atto 3.
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Also on the cards is a 25 per cent boost to driving range, meaning up to 481km from a single charge that eclipses the BYD Atto 3 Extended Range’s 420km range, as well as the Mazda MX-30 EV’s 200km offering.
Nissan’s new model is also set to adopt the Ariya’s styling, only shrunken to match its small SUV proportions, according to a dealer who saw the car, while Automotive News describes it as “crossover coupe-styled”.
For that, we would need to turn to the Renault Megane E-Tech, which shares the same underpinnings and small SUV sizing of the mooted next-gen Leaf replacement.
Measuring 4199mm long, 1768mm wide, 1505mm tall and with a 2685mm wheelbase, the Megane E-Tech is significantly smaller than the Ariya, while still boasting a driving range of 454km thanks to a 60kWh battery in Australian spec.
Either way, the new model isn’t due until around 2025, while the Aryia is locked in for Australia, but timing is still unclear.