UPDATE: Mart 30, 2017 / When it first came out Leaf EV was a standout car in many ways, and it is still today a unique vehicle, but one thing where it lacked little something was design. All of this is about to change with 2018 Nissan Leaf which is going to be completely overhauled for 2018 MY. The latest set of spy photos are coming from Europe, and on them, we can see Leaf covered in a trashbag-like camouflage.
Despite it being under heavy wraps we can see that Japanese manufacturer is going to give a more conventional look to its precious green car. The outgoing model has traits of original and unique design, but not one that would catch an eye of an everyday driver.
First sign that 2018 Leaf could come with brand new skin was IDS concept presented in 2015, and from latest spy pictures we can see more than one similarity between the two. The central part of the hood and headlights are the parts of the test vehicle that give us clear signs of IDS-Leaf connection. Regarding the dimensions, it seems that 2018 Leaf is going to be bigger than its predecessor enabling more room on the inside. This change was necessary because today’s customers always demand more space and comfort. Moving onto the rear end, the parallel between two above mentioned vehicles continue. Taillights are, at least from the first look, created looking at the IDS Concept, which is 180 degrees turn away from from the T-lights on current Leaf. Part of the taillights is covered by camo so we can’t tell whether will the boomerang shape of concepts lights be fully transferred onto the 2018 Nissan Leaf.
Exterior improvements were a logical outcome of Leaf redesign because the current form was getting outdated, but the changes don’t stop there. Under the hood, where, let’s be honest upgrade was absolutely necessary, Nissan is going to surprise us with a new 60kWh battery which will enable Leaf to cover 200 miles from charge to charge. Also, in terms of new tech, thanks to the semi-autonomous driving system, 2018 leaf will be able to drive by itself on a highway in one lane. Fully naked and completed Leaf will be, according to Yokohama-based sources, presented in September. First sales will start before the year ends, so stay tuned we will keep you informed of any new developments.
UPDATE February 21, 2017 / The Nissan Leaf as we know it today stepped onto the scene almost seven years ago. This car owes its longevity to the strong sale numbers which it was putting on the table despite the fact that regarding design and range it didn’t drastically improve, trough course of the years. Now the time has taken its toll on Leaf and with rising competition such as Chevy Bolt EV and the imminent arrival of Tesla’s Model 3 Japanese manufacturer decided to step up the game. 2018 Nissan Leaf is on the way, and it’s coming with a new design and more importantly new battery pack. Let’s see what world’s best-selling electric vehicle has to offer with its second generation.
The car spied, which is rightly assumed as new Leaf 2018, is heavy camouflaged but a couple of details can be singled out. As it was expected, more than a few things were transferred from Nissan IDS Concept. Among others, there are angular headlights, taillights of the same shape and a ‘floating’ roof. Looking at the test mule, from the side it is hard not to notice that its profile is pretty much replica of Nissan Murano. At the front, the car now has previously missing aggressive side but also has flip-up panels which were present on the current model and serve for the hiding of the charging ports.
Like we mentioned the headlights and taillights are different than those on the ongoing Leaf, and with their new design, add to the more meaner look of the car. In the end, 2018 Nissan Leaf is also spiced with a massive spoiler. The design of the interior is still unknown, but new 2018 Leaf will boast some serious tech solutions. A lot of active-safety features and self-driving Pro-Pilot Tech are just some of the things that will come with new Leaf.
The Yokohama-based company didn’t release any information about the battery capacity or the range but expect for both things to be upgraded. New Leaf is all about improvement, and these two segments are the most important parts of every electric car. The current installment of Leaf is capable of covering 107 miles from a single charge which is lees than what competitor such is Chevy Bolt EV can do.
Bolt EV can cross more than double (238 miles). Nissan’s latest EV is looking to top that. If 2018 Leaf continues to build itself on IDS Concept example, you can expect 60kwh battery pack which is twice bigger than what Leaf boasts today. Anything bellow 200 miles range on new Leaf won’t be good enough. Expect it not to only stand with competition such as BMW i3, Chevrolet Bolt EV, Hyundai Ioniq, and Tesla Model 3 but to once again be a leader in this segment.
2018 Nissan Leaf Spy Photos
Nissan Leaf Introduction
Have you heard of the car called Venucia e30? Probably not. In China, it is known by this name and the rest of the world calls it Nissan Leaf. “Leaf” is actually a backronym for leading environmentally-friendly affordable family car. Leaf (or LEAF) was one of the first affordable all-electric cars and, in our opinion, was an absolute leader in this field before Tesla came to the market. With the introduction of Leaf new standards were set in this industry. This car has passed a long way since 2010 and the new model is coming with more innovations – 2018 Nissan Leaf.
2018 Nissan Leaf Price and Release Date
In order to stay competent, Nissan needs to keep the price under $40,000. Considering new battery pack it is very difficult to make any estimation. According to the CEO, it is still unclear when 2018 Nissan Leaf is going to be launched, but don’t expect it before 2018.
2018 Nissan Leaf Review
Despite new manufacturers entered the market Leaf is still the best-selling highway-capable vehicle with almost 230,000 units sold. In 2011 it won the World Car of the Year since it has zero gas emissions. Leaf is a five-door hatchback which is based on the EV platform developed by the Japanese car manufacturer. It is assembled in Japan, United States, and the United Kingdom and there is one new factory in China. It comes with lots of pros and cons and in this article, we’ll focus on advantages and disadvantages of the upcoming model.
Battery Options and Mile Range
Surely the most interesting part of the 2018 Nissan Leaf lies under the hood. The current model uses two different battery packs. Standard pack is a 24-kWh lithium-ion unit while the second option is a 30-kWh battery. Mile ranges of these two engines have been extended since 2011.
At first, their ranges were estimated at 73 and 109 miles respectively. The latest data for the 24-kWh battery pack shows its mile range is 84 miles. However, one of the biggest competitors, Chevrolet, announced the upcoming model of Bolt is going to have a 200-mile range, which had a huge impact on Nissan.
Leaf currently cannot stand side by side with Tesla Model 3 but Nissan confirmed future Leaf will be able to be a decent opponent with better mile range. According to the latest announcements, 2018 Nissan Leaf is getting a 60-kWh lithium-ion battery which significantly increases mile range. Even though larger battery means additional weight, Japanese automaker found a way to increase mile range.
Reportedly, 2018 model will be able to reach between 200 and 210 miles of range. In order to stay competent, they had to add new battery pack. Nissan CEO announced two years ago that next Leaf was going to have around 250 miles of range, but obviously, that didn’t come true. However, we are pretty much sure the latest announcements are going to come true.
More Battery Options?
At this point, it is unclear whether the 60-kWh unit is going to be the only available battery. There are some rumors that perhaps there are going to be batteries with better mile range. Tesla Model S comes with either a 60-kWh, 75-kWh or 90-kWh units and their range is quite close to 300 miles. If Nissan wants to be more competent with 2018 Nissan Leaf they need to focus on this aspect.
Design of New Leaf
The design of the 2018 Nissan Leaf will look even more futuristic than before. The front fascia is one-of-a-kind and comes with narrow headlights and lots of sharp edges. Nissan always has outstanding design solutions and Leaf is a good example of their creativity. It is still unclear whether it will have a panoramic roof or nor but that would be a nice feature. We’re still waiting for the interior details but we’re sure Nissan won’t let us down.
Nissan IDS Concept Exterior Gallery
Find out more about Nissan IDS Concept on the official Nissan website.