michael
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Next generation Leaf may look like Focus???

Wed Jun 03, 2015 11:24 am

The next generation Leaf is reported to look more like a car, less quirky.

Here is an artist's rendition

http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/nissan/lea ... pictures#0

Remind you of anything familiar???
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Elektra
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Re: Next generation Leaf may look like Focus???

Wed Jun 03, 2015 1:04 pm

I think it looks more like the Mazda3 and the new Maxima.
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Re: Next generation Leaf may look like Focus???

Wed Jun 03, 2015 2:52 pm

My money is going to go to the first automaker bold enough to not put a fake radiator grille on an EV.

The existing Leaf at least only has enough of an air inlet for its cooling needs. Why do a blacked-out hexagon grid to catch bugs and create turbulence ? So that it "looks more mainstream" ?

I like the look of the Nissan Sway concept car best; I hope that's what we end up seeing from the next-generation Leaf.
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Re: Next generation Leaf may look like Focus???

Wed Jun 03, 2015 5:47 pm

I hope Nissan successfully gets the new generation Leaf with larger battery capacity for ~180+mile range out in late 2016 or early 2017 as the article indicates.
That should force competitors like Ford to upgrade battery capacity to compete in that time frame hopefully in time for when my 3 year FFE lease ends in late 2017.
I want a higher capacity model next.
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Re: Next generation Leaf may look like Focus???

Thu Jun 04, 2015 8:44 am

When I first saw this months ago they clearly said that it is purely speculation as to what the next leaf might look like. It's not even from Nissan. Nissan has been tight lipped and has only said that it will look more like a normal car instead of the fugly thing they sell now :lol: I agree with ditching the fake grill. There's been many ICE cars without a traditional grill why can't they do it with an electric which definitely doesn't need it. Think first gen Dodge Neon or Ford Probe. I'm sure there's more.
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Re: Next generation Leaf may look like Focus???

Sat Jun 20, 2015 6:14 pm

I would not buy a Leaf, considering their current GUI and backup camera.

The dash GUI, is poor.

the backup camera view is something from a 1990 camera, crappy quality and definition.

Sorry gonna stay with a FFE.
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Re: Next generation Leaf may look like Focus???

Mon Jun 22, 2015 11:14 am

Many people goof on the bug-eyed look of the Leafs headlights. But if you ever read the specs on the car, There's a reason for the unique shape of the headlights.

At highway speeds, the shape of the headlights are designed to deflect oncoming air outside and beyond the rear view mirrors. The bug-eyed headlights are causing the oncoming air to do a bank-shot around the rear view mirrors. Thus enabling the car to have a better drag coefficient.
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Re: Next generation Leaf may look like Focus???

Mon Jun 22, 2015 11:20 am

Steve0512 wrote:Many people goof on the bug-eyed look of the Leafs headlights. But if you ever read the specs on the car, There's a reason for the unique shape of the headlights.

At highway speeds, the shape of the headlights are designed to deflect oncoming air outside and beyond the rear view mirrors. The bug-eyed headlights are causing the oncoming air to do a bank-shot around the rear view mirrors. Thus enabling the car to have a better drag coefficient.
Plus the headlights are LEDs

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Re: Next generation Leaf may look like Focus???

Tue Jun 23, 2015 4:47 am

Steve0512 wrote:At highway speeds, the shape of the headlights are designed to deflect oncoming air outside and beyond the rear view mirrors. The bug-eyed headlights are causing the oncoming air to do a bank-shot around the rear view mirrors. Thus enabling the car to have a better drag coefficient.
When I was shopping for an EV last year I looked at the Leaf as a possibility. IIRC the deflecting air around the mirrors was not for drag coefficient but rather reducing wind noise for a more "pleasant driving experience." Also not to nit pick but they are the side view mirrors. There is only one rear view mirror and that is inside the cabin :D
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