I'd like to see them keep the Leaf as a more affordable alternative to the next generation, but I'm not sure that's in the cards anymore. Might never have been given all their troubles.
By more affordable, I mean to reposition the SL+ to compete with the likes of the higher end Corolla and Mazda 3 hatchbacks, meaning near $30k plus or minus, after incentives. Depending on what VW does with their new line, the market could see some change around that price point. Nissan could then offer the bigger fancier eCUV for $35-45k. I don't see them commanding $40-50k for it ala Tesla. Other models to compete proportionately lower.
We paid just $27k before sales taxes and tags for our SL+ after incentives, which was roughly $10k cheaper than the Model 3 SR+ at the time, and between a similarly equipped Corolla and Mazda 3 hatchback, again after incentives/rebates before sales taxes and tags. So yes, we feel we got a lot of car for our money, and it was definitely competitive to similar conventional cars. Our Leaf drives rings around any Corolla I've ever been in, and I drive them with some frequency for business. Mazda 3 is the better comparison, definitely out handles the Leaf, but is no quicker.
I'm struck by how close they've come, and by how far they still have to go. Hopefully they find a way to survive.
Edit: Clarified that I'm talking about the SL+.
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Empty-nesters - NW Denver-Boulder Area
2019 Leaf SL Plus
2015 Audi Q5 TDI
2007 BMW Z4 3.0Si
2012 VW GTI