Development of the second generation Nissan Leaf is in progress as new details are emerging about the model set to arrive in 2016.

Development of the second generation Nissan Leaf is in progress as new details are emerging about the model set to arrive in 2016.

The current Nissan Leaf has a very controversial design which surely has affected sales since the electric hatchback is far from being an attractive car. This will change with the second generation which is said to receive a more conventional design with blacked out pillars and a chromed "V" in the front grille as seen on recent Nissan products.

Besides looking more appealing, the new Leaf will also be able to travel more before running out of juice as the range is rumored to increase from 84 miles (135 km) to somewhere in the region of 186 miles (299 km). It is believed cheaper versions will come with smaller battery packs providing a shorter range and this new battery technology will also be implemented in Nissan's premium brand Infiniti.

Speaking of Infiniti, back in April they showed a Leaf-based LE concept which will receive a production version in mid-2016, around the same time when Nissan will introduce the new Leaf. Both cars will likely go on sale towards the end of 2016 or early 2017.

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Next-gen Nissan Leaf expected to have conventional styling and 186-mile range