2018 Nissan Leaf Goes Topless, Thankfully It’s Just A Concept

Have you ever looked at the second-gen Nissan Leaf thinking it needs a convertible version? No? It doesn’t matter, because the automaker has just made one.

It’s called the Nissan Leaf Open Car, and it’s a concept created to celebrate the milestone of 100,000 units sold in Japan ever since the electric model was introduced in the country eight years ago.

Presented at the Tokyo forum on zero-emission society in front of a crowd of approximately 100 people, including government officials and company executives, the open-top study builds upon the second-gen Leaf and brings back memories of the Murano Crosscabriolet.

Also Read: Comparison Chart Shows How Far The Nissan Leaf Has Come

Nissan hasn’t said anything about the Targa-style roof, structural rigidity, rollover protection, raised rear bench and two-door body style adopted by this concept. However, since it’s built for show purposes only (we’ll drink to that!), it doesn’t have to meet any safety requirements.

In fact, the Japanese automaker has yet to detail the Leaf Open Car, but mentions some of the features that equip the regular model. Here we have the ProPilot semi-autonomous driving system, e-Pedal and other ‘Intelligent Mobility’ technologies. So we can assume that all of these are part of the open-top model, too, alongside the 150PS (147hp / 110kW) electric motor and 40kWh battery pack.

With its roof in place, the five-door electric hatchback takes a respectable 8.2sec to reach 100km/h (62mph) from a standstill, and has a NEDC-estimated driving range of up to 378km (235mi).

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  • erly5

    Just when you thought the new Leaf couldn’t get an uglier…..

  • iea96

    Why stop there? Put the Nismo trim on it and take it all the way

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