The 2018 Nissan Leaf is finally upon us. After much teasing, rumors and spy shots, the brand-new model has been officially revealed this fall, and just a few days ago it was showcased at the 2017 LA Auto Show where visitors could see every single facet of the second generation of the world’s best-selling electric car.
The new Nissan Leaf comes as a complete overhaul of the previous model but it is still designed with efficiency in mind, adding only 120 pounds to the overall curb weight. Most surprising thing about the new model might just be the ample amount of trunk space this electric hatchback has to offer. This was reportedly achieved by rearranging everything from the rear-weels to structural components in order to free up as much space as possible. As for the design, the new model takes on the “floating roof” design with a glossy black section on the rear pillar, and some new vertical taillights that perfectly blend in with the tailgate to create chevron-shaped horizontal units. Furthermore, the Leaf’s signature front stationed charging port is now hidden under the new and improved V-Motion Grille.
The design overhaul continues over to the inside of the vehicle as well, where Nissan’s motto was to make everything a little bit more conventional and pleasant. Some of the old plastic materials were replaced by new soft-touch surfaces, while some of the other notable design interior design improvements include blue stitching in the seats, a new steering wheel, and a new instrument-panel. In terms of high tech features, the new 2018 Nissan Leaf comes with a 7.0-inch touchscreen that has been redesigned with new, more streamlined graphics. There are also Android Auto and Apple CarPlay systems that will from now on come as standard features. But, the most interesting feature is perhaps the “e-Pedal,” that gives you a choice of mode, including one that will increase regenerative braking and will allow for one pedal driving.
Battery and Range
The 2018 Nissan Leaf will come with a new electric motor that will offer a significantly more powerful output than the first generation. The peak output is 110 kilowatts or 147 horsepower, as well as 236 pound-feet of torque.
As for the charging, the new Leaf will still be using the 6.6 kw and the CHAdeMO DC fast charging. According to Nissan, the Leaf’s 40-kwh battery will need 16 hours for a full charge. That is when you are using the regular 120-volt current, but it will only need 8 hours when using a 240-volt Level 2 charging station. The fast charging to the 80 percent capacity will take just 40 minutes. When it comes to range, Nissan says the new model will be able go 150-miles combined before needing a recharge.
For the 2019 model year, Nissan is planning a new battery option, which will be a larger 60-kwh pack, and it should give the 2019 Nissan Leaf a record-breaking range of over 200 miles. This will, of course, come with a higher price tag.
2018 Nissan Leaf Release Date and Price
The 2018 Nissan Leaf is currently on sale but deliveries to the US market won’t begin until the beginning of the 2018 model year, and Nissan is yet to announce an official date. Pricing will start at $30,875 which includes delivery.
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