May 30, 2018

Nissan Leaf Open Car revealed with an open-top design

An odd-looking Nissan Leaf Open Car has been showcased in Tokyo as a celebratory model to commemorate the 100,000 sales of Nissan Leaf cars in Japan till date. The four-seater Nissan Leaf Open Car is noticeable for its permanent queer open-top design sans the rear doors. However, Nissan has no plans to put the vehicle into mass production.

The conventional designs of cars have seemingly become monotonous. That's why various manufacturers have now been showcasing their upcoming cars in outlandish design forms. Honda turned heads by unveiling the Civic Type R Pickup Truck at the annual SMMT Test Day, and fresh on the heels Nissan has taken everybody by surprise by revealing a queerly designed convertible, the Nissan Leaf Open Car.

The new vehicle was showcased during a forum of 100 people, including local and prefectural government officials and company executives, who were there to discuss the creation of a "zero-emission society."

Nissan says the Leaf Open Car is a celebratory concept car to mark the milestone of reaching 100,000 sales in Japan since 2010 when the first Nissan Leaf car was introduced. So far, the Leaf models have sold over 300,000 units globally.

The second generation of the Nissan Leaf arrived last year with a significant improvement in design. But the latest Nissan Leaf Open Car, design-wise, takes even a more radical approach. It comes with a more rugged and flamboyant design so much so that the car has turned roofless, from the swept-back windshield to C-pillar. And since there is no folding mechanism the car is permanently open, and it is unsuitable for use on rainy days.

To achieve the open-top car Nissan has sacrificed the rear doors as well as a middle seat in the rear. While the regular Leaf has a five-seat arrangement, the open-top Leaf is a four-seater. Besides these, the rear and the front of the Leaf Open Car don't seem to have undergone any changes.

The powertrain and suspension are not changed either. The current Leaf makes use of a 40 kWh battery which ensures a driving range up to 151 miles. This year a switchover to a larger 60 kWh battery pack is likely, which will propel the range up to 225 miles. The single electric motor cranks out 147 bhp and 238 lb-ft peak torque. The Leaf Open Car is expected to produce more or less the same performance figures.

All said and done, the Japanese carmaker isn't going to put the Leaf Open Car into the assembly line. It will be just a one-off promotional vehicle. But the Murano Cabriolet, a mid-size crossover SUV with funky styling, was also conceived as a concept before it ended up hitting the roads. So it is no surprise if the same happens with the Nissan Leaf Open Car in the future.

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