Is 225-Mile 2019 Nissan LEAF Intended To Lure Away Premium Car Buyers From
Gas Competitors?
January 1st, 2018  James Ayre 


Is the 2019 Nissan LEAF designed to lure buyers who would otherwise go with
conventional vehicles from a premium brand (like BMW, Audi, etc.)?

That was the question posed and answered by a very interesting article
published on Push EVs recently. The idea (backed by what seems to be insider
information that the aforementioned website seems to often have access to)
is that, based on performance and specs alone, the 2019 LEAF will be able to
compete with the petrol and diesel BMW 1 Series hatchback — without even
factoring in “green” credentials. It will simply be a better car in most

This would offer another reason why Nissan is putting its ProPILOT
semi-autonomous driving suite into the LEAF before almost any other car —
that’s the kind of thing premium car buyers expect, or are at least enticed

One of the advantages of all-electric vehicles is that they are relatively
simple, and thus cheaper to make (minus the battery packs), so as battery
costs drop, there’s the option to sell relatively high-spec cars with fancy
extra features at affordable prices (once battery costs fall enough).

Rather than paraphrase here, I’ll just highlight some of the most
interesting parts of the Push EVs article in question: “Make no mistake,
behind closed doors Nissan expects the 2019 MY Leaf to compete with the
petrol and diesel BMW 1 Series hatchback. It doesn’t care about the small
electric BMW i3.

“Performance and price wise, the 2019 Nissan Leaf can compete with the BMW 1
Series hatchback, furthermore the Leaf will have the refinement that only
electric drivetrains can provide.”

A helpful comparison of the two models (2019 Nissan LEAF vs. BMW 1 Series)
is provided here:

*LEAF specs in this text table are not official, but rather speculative with
some insider info, with only the range coming from a leaked Nissan document.

Needless to say, the information above was not publicly published by Nissan.
This is the first we’re seeing 2019 LEAF specs.

What’s worth remembering here is that around 10,000 BMW 1 Series hatchbacks
are sold in Europe every month. If the 2019 Nissan LEAF does manage to steal
sales from it, then that could represent a tipping point of sorts in the
European electric vehicle market. Perhaps, though, such a tipping point will
have to wait for the release of a new long-range Renault offering?

Worth noting here as well is that the Tesla Model 3 is not expected to ship
in large quantities to Europe until early 2019, probably around the same
time as the 2019 LEAF.

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