Could Nissan be about to build an electric Qashqai?

Staff on the Qashqai production line at Nissan's Sunderland plant.

Staff on the Qashqai production line at Nissan's Sunderland plant.

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Nissan bosses have refused to comment on speculation the firm could build an electric equivalent of its hugely successful Juke and Qashqai cross-over models.

The car giant’s Sunderland plant has been building the all-electric Leaf for more than two years now and with a typical automotive model having a lifecycle of seven years, industry sources have begun speculating on what form the Leaf’s successor could take.

There could be more than one Leaf. We’ve always said it needn’t be one car.

Trevor Mann

Former plant boss Trevor Mann, now Nissan executive vice-president, has suggested there is room to expand the range.

“There could be more than one Leaf,” he said. “We’ve always said it needn’t be one car.

“We want to make sure that when we do the next one or we expand the line-up, we’re really taking the market intelligence that we’re gathering and using it.

“With our customer base, we have an enormous amount of feedback that we can recycle into what we do in the future.”

Mr Mann declined to say what forms any addition to the Leaf line-up could take, but Nissan has enjoyed huge success with the Qashqai and Juke models built in Sunderland.

Industry experts have suggested an eco-friendly version of something similar would be the logical next move for the company’s battery-powered range.

A Nissan spokeswoman said the firm would not comment on its future production plans.