A recent report from Automotive News suggests that a Nissan Electric Crossover SUV is coming very soon. The car has already been showcased at a US dealer meetup and the initial impressions of the new electric SUV are quite positive.
The Nissan electric crossover SUV will come with a 300-mile battery range and 0-60 mph acceleration time of under 5 seconds. It is based on the Nissan IMx concept, which was unveiled at the 2017 Tokyo motor show. The SUV will officially break cover in 2020 and go on sale in 2021.
Nissan Electric Crossover SUV
Even before Tesla, Nissan brought in vehicles like the Prius and Leaf which led the way in the EV revolution. Initially, the Nissan Leaf had a meager range of around 100-miles on a good day.
However, the car sold in record numbers. In March of 2019, Nissan Leaf became the first electric vehicle to pass the 400,000 sales mark. Now the company wants to channel the same success for its upcoming compact crossover SUV.
Nissan IMx concept SUV will compete with Tesla Model Y, Chevy Menlo (an electric crossover SUV), and Ford Mach E, which is an electric crossover based on VW’s MEB platform.
The compact electric SUV from Nissan looks like a Rogue from the outside and is similar to a Murano SUV from the inside. It also has touch-sensitive buttons instead of the commonly used dials along with a central touch screen console. The dashboard stays hidden until the car isn’t turned ON.
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There is no solid information on the technical specs of the car regarding its battery capacity and motor. However, analysts predict that it will 70-85 kWh, upwards of 200-horsepower and a combination of two motors at the front and back.
Competition Is Good For Electric Cars
As competition in the sub $50,000 market increases, the consumers will have a lot of choices among the electric cars. The increased competition will bring in better products at cheaper prices for the consumer, so, ultimately, if a buyer isn’t satisfied with one electric car, they’ll go buy an EV from a different manufacturer. Instead of switching to a conventional ICE vehicle.
We have recently seen a lot of competition coming up in the price range where Tesla Model 3 lies, which is around $35,000 to $45,000. Giants like VW recently unveiled the I.D. 3 which is one of the most important car launches for the company. Its top model has more range than the high-end Tesla Model 3.
The upcoming 2020 Chevy Bolt seeks to target the base version of Tesla Model 3 by offering slightly more range to buyers at a lower premium price.
Since the Tesla Model Y launches in 2020, we can expect manufacturers like Ford, Chevy, and Nissan to start offering their compact electric SUVs with better features at lower prices.