Nissan Carnival celebrating the 10 years of Nissan in India is currently taking place in Delhi and we visited the show. And to our surprise, Nissan had the Leaf Electric car and Patrol SUV to drive us around. There is a strong possibility that Nissan could bring both these cars to the Indian shores soon as they are contemplating the options.
We got the chance to drive the Patrol and Leaf and both were in the left hand drive configuration as they were imported from Dubai specially for the Nissan event. Talking of the Patrol SUV, the capable 7-seater SUV comes with a 5.6 litre V8 engine that produces 400 bhp and 560 Nm of torque. Transmission duties are done by a seven-speed automatic gearbox.
On the other hand, the Nissan Leaf is one of the sold EVs in the world with 160,000 units sold globally. The car does 160 kms in a single charge and can be charged in eight hours. But a quick charge button can fill enough of the battery within 40 minutes. It runs on a 108bhp battery-powered motor, that has 284 Nm torque and does 0-100 kmph in 11.5 seconds.
We asked Arun Malhotra, MD, Nissan India about the plans to launch the Leaf Electric car in India to which he replied - "It all depends on the government. If they subsidize the EV cars, we will surely love to bring the car here in the country. It is a good vehicle and India needs such cars. There is no point bringing it now as the price could be very high."
If launched, the Nissan Patrol could very well cost upwards of Rs 1 Crores while the Leaf EV could come around Rs 25-30 Lakh bracket. Both the cars will be brought through a CBU route. Nissan Patrol will directly compete against Land Rovers and Land Cruisers while Leaf EV will be competing against the Toyota Prius.