The Nissan Leaf Convertible is Real and We Don't Know Why

Sam McEachern
by Sam McEachern

Nissan has celebrated the sale of the 100,000th Leaf by building an oddball convertible version of the electric hatchback.

The Japanese automaker provided very little detail on the chop-top Leaf, only saying that it’s a for-fun creation only and won’t be headed to production. They could’ve fooled us – this is the same company that dreamt up the Murano Cabriolet, remember.

Nissan presented the vehicle during a forum to discuss the creation of a “zero-emission society” in Tokyo. About 100 people, including local and prefectural government officials and company executives, attended the forum, Nissan says.

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The new Leaf has a 40 kWh battery pack that provides an estimated driving range of 151 miles. A larger 60 kWh battery pack is expected to be introduced sometime this year, which will boost range to around 225 miles. The single electric motor makes a healthy 147 hp and 238 lb-ft of torque.

Nissan might not have any plans to put the open-top Leaf into production, but maybe we’ll see it displayed at various auto shows and Nissan activation events over the course of 2018.

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Sam McEachern
Sam McEachern

Sam McEachern holds a diploma in journalism from St. Clair College in Windsor, Ontario, and has been covering the automotive industry for over 5 years. He conducts reviews and writes AutoGuide's news content. He's a die-hard motorsports fan with a passion for performance cars of all sorts.

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  • Mec-One Mec-One on May 25, 2018

    The backseat height is hilarious

  • K03sport K03sport on May 26, 2018

    strange...on the side it says, "Nissan Intelligent Mobility", which may be true; however, we also know now that "Nissan Intelligent Design" is NOT. I guess the same people who put together the Murano convertible are still active members in the design team and snuck this is when no one was looking or just before a long weekend. The Leaf really needs a few more variants as it should be its own line, much like the Prius.