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2026 Nissan LEAF Preview Redesign Info & Release Date

2026 Nissan LEAF

What to Expect

A lot of speculation has been circling the rumor that Nissan’s flagship EV, the LEAF, may be turning into a compact SUV. Nissan’s European boss, Guillaume Cartier, has confirmed that a new electric crossover is planned to be built at their Sunderland factory in the U.K. Slated for 2025, this design would be part of the third LEAF generation and will be Nissan’s fifth electric SUV.

It’s not clear whether or not this new vehicle will be the next generation of the LEAF or a separate vehicle that will be replacing the LEAF in Nissan’s lineup entirely. We guess that it will be a complete redesign, switching body style from a hatchback to an SUV, that will retain the model name LEAF. So, for now, we’ll call it the 2026 Nissan LEAF.

As we mentioned above, the most notable difference about the redesigned LEAF is likely going to be its change from a hatchback to a compact crossover SUV. This change could be a sign that Nissan is shifting its attention away from making sedans and hatchbacks to crossovers and SUVs.

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We know that the new generation of EV it is likely to be based on the CMF-EV platform from the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance. Nissan has previously said that the styling of the next Leaf was previewed with the Chill-Out Concept vehicle which was seen in 2021.

Aside from that, we know that the design of the new LEAF will be different from Nissan’s other electric SUVs, the Juke, the Qashqai, the Ariya, and the X-Trail since it will have lower, sleeker styling.

Nissan LEAF

2026 Nissan LEAF Engine and Specs

There are no official production specs available at this time for the third-generation LEAF, but we expect it to be a two-row crossover with enough room for five and all their gear.

Nissan plans to have its full lineup be electric or have an E-power hybrid option by 2025 and aims to have its sales be 80% electric by 2030. With that said, it will be diverting its focus from internal combustion engines to make the brand complaint with emission regulations that are soon to come in Europe.

Nissan CEO Makoto Uchida has stated that the automaker won’t be looking into hydrogen technology and will keep to battery-powered vehicles. Though there hasn’t been any confirmation on what kind of battery the 2026 LEAF will be using, Uchida hinted that he may release some information on Nissan’s electrification plans soon.

2026 Nissan LEAF Safety

There's no word on what safety features will be present on the 2026 LEAF. It should have all the modern safety amenities and could include the same features as the current LEAF which include regenerative braking, brake force distribution and brake assistance, basic cruise control, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection (including rear braking), blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alerts, lane intervention technology and eight airbags throughout their cabins.

We hope to see the Nissan ProPilot Assist system become standard, but we will have to wait and see what is in store.

2026 Nissan LEAF Price

There’s no word yet on pricing for this 2026 Nissan LEAF. Considering this model is going to be an electric SUV, it’s reasonable to expect that its price will be more on par with others in the same segment, which should be more than the starting $28,375 price of the current LEAF.

One factor that could significantly affect how much the 2026 Nissan LEAF costs is the federal tax credit. According to a report by industry publication Automotive News, Nissan is planning to move production of the next LEAF generation outside of the United States.

If that proves to be the case, the car will not qualify for the $7,500 government incentive based on the Inflation Reduction Act. This could give competitors a major advantage over the LEAF redesign when it comes to pricing.

This segment is growing more and more as automakers are changing to electrified vehicles, so there’s not going to be a shortage of competition for the 2026 LEAF. Some of those competitors could be the Tesla Model 3, Toyota bZ4X, and Nissan’s own Ariya.

2026 Nissan LEAF Release Date

All we know in regards to a release date is that this compact SUV is expected to arrive sometime in 2025.

As there is around another year before this model comes out, more information should be coming soon. Check back for updates as they’re announced.

Pictured: 2023 Nissan LEAF

Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required)

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