After more than seven years on the market, the Nissan Leaf is still going strong and the second generation, 2018 Nissan Leaf is just around the corner. As a matter of fact, some new spy shots of this upcoming model have managed to make their way online. They give us a first glimpse of the new and improved version of the world’s best-selling highway-efficient electric vehicle.
The Nissan Leaf has managed to sustain some enviable sales figures throughout its live span. However, in the last few years, low fuel prices and stiffer competition with better range has put a bit of a dent in those sales numbers. But this new generation Leaf will likely have all it takes to combat those issues and return to its rightful position at the top of the electric coupe class.
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What’s is under the camouflage?
From what we can make out from these new spy photographs, the 2018 Nissan Leaf closely resembles the Nissan IDS concept. It looks like the floating roof and angular headlights and taillights will be carried over into this new model. However, a lot of the extravagant exterior details seem to have been toned down. Although, from the sides, the two vehicles look very much alike.
From the front side, the new Nissan Leaf looks more commanding. It also looks like the flip-up panels covering the charging ports remain at the same position, while the headlights are smaller and less vertical. From the back, the Leaf seems to have a similar aggressive look as the front side thanks to a hefty spoiler. And finally, when it comes to the taillights, there is no trace of the clear lenses that the outgoing model has.
Range and Battery Capacity
There is currently no information on the range or battery capacity of this new model. However, if we take into account the mileage of the Leaf’s closest competition, we know that this new model will need to offer significant gains for both range and battery life. The 2018 Nissan Leaf will need to match or even outdo the 238 mile range of the Chevy Bolt, which would be quite a leap from the current 107 miles on a single charge.
We know that the IDS concept, which this testing model closely resembles, has a 60-kWh battery pack. This is also two times the size of the current battery, but nonetheless, we expect to see it in the new Leaf. Furthermore, Nissan announced that the ProPilot autonomous capabilities will be offered with this new model, although we will have to wait and see the official extent of the system’s capabilities.
2018 Nissan Leaf Release Date and Price
The official release date of the 2018 Nissan Leaf is yet to be announced, but we expect it to be released sometime during the 2018 model year. As for the price, the new model should start at about the same amount as the outgoing model, which is currently available for $30.680.