And it's coming soon.
Nissan was one of the first automakers to reveal a mass-market electric car in the Leaf, but the company's lone EV has quickly been outclassed by longer-range competitors like the Tesla Model 3. The Leaf recently gained an improved E+ model with a range of 226 miles, though it is still unable to match the Tesla. It might look like Nissan has squandered its lead in the EV market but the Japanese automaker has released several promising concept vehicles that give an insight into its future products.
According to Automotive News, one of these electric concepts is finally being readied for production and was recently previewed to dealerships. The new model will be an SUV launched in the second half of 2021 for the US market and based on what the dealers were shown, it will boast some impressive performance figures.
Dealers who have seen the vehicle claim it offers a range of 300 miles with a 0-60 mph time of under five seconds. It was described as a compact SUV (around the same size as the Rogue) but thanks to the clever EV packaging, boasts the same interior space as the mid-size Murano. If these rumors turn out to be true for the production car, Nissan's second EV could pose a serious threat to the Tesla Model Y and even arrive on the market at the same time.
The interior is also said to be extremely futuristic with a complete digital display that remains hidden until the vehicle is started. One dealer told Auto News that it looks like "like nothing on the market" inside and "when you get in the car, all you see is a pulsating start button." The Model Y has a claimed range of 300 miles and a 5.5-second 0-60 mph time for its upcoming crossover, so if Nissan delivers on its promises to the dealers, its future EV could be better than Tesla's.