The Yokohama-based automaker Nissan will reportedly bring the next-generation 2018 Nissan Leaf with its Company’s Propilot autonomous system. The new model will take many design cues from the current Micra hatchback and is rumored to be the most advanced electric and partially autonomous hatchback model. According to our sources, the next-gen all-new Leaf hatchback will feature single-lane semi-autonomous Propilot technology and this should highlight the excellence of Nissan’s work in mass-production electric vehicles. The good news is that the Japanese automaker has recently been released teaser images of the new Nissan Leaf EV.
In the company’s testing recently, the prototype version looks more conventional but well wrapped in heavy camouflage. The front-end design of the 2018 Nissan Leaf will feature faux grille that is flanked by horizontally-oriented headlights and it become the biggest change compared to the current model. As we’ve mentioned above, the Nissan Micra will inspire the upcoming Leaf EV design featuring three-dimensional pyramid design on its front grille. And yes, the exterior design of the new Nissan Leaf will be more aggressive than the outgoing model. This is evident from the spy shots photos of the Leaf prototype version, which is seen showing sharp bodylines and more stooped aggressive nose. In addition, the new front fascia design is also look lower and wider compared to the outgoing model.
Nissan is likely to put the house sensors of its ProPilot semi-autonomous system at the top of the windshield. Other changes are also visible on its read end which featuring Nissan’s boomerang-shaped lights, and make the car looks wider thanks to the long sloping rear fenders.
2018 Nissan Leaf Specs
Nothing much we can reveal about its detailed specifications, but the upcoming 2018 Nissan Leaf should be equipped with improved electric drivetrain and would be expected to have a distance range of up to 340 miles. Or in other word, this is more than double than the current vehicle’s range. It has also claimed to be the next-generation zero-emissions electric hatchback from the Japanese automaker. The most important is that the new Leaf offers a range of around 90 miles further compared to the latest Renault Zoe, which makes Leaf EV likely to be the top leader in his class with some margins.
This is thanks to the new battery pack option which is offered by Nissan in the next-generation Leaf hatchback, just like what Tesla offer on its models ranks. So Nissan can offer a variety of specs on the new 2018 Nissan Leaf. The recent reports revealed that the new Leaf EV would also likely be equipped with largest battery pack. As you know, the current model is powered by a 30 kWh lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery that can deliver 107 horsepower with up to 107-mile range.
2018 Nissan Leaf Release Date and Price
There’s no official word on release date and price at this time, however, the 2018 Nissan Leaf is expected to arrive at US dealerships later this year and maybe next year for the European market. We can expect pricing for the latest Leaf EV will not be much different from the current model, which goes on sale with a starting MSRP of $30,680 for the base model. Of course, the upcoming Leaf electric vehicles will compete against its rivals in the electric cars market, including the Chevrolet Bolt EV and the new Tesla Model 3. Nissan is reportedly also expecting a 20% increase in sales by 2020 with its new Leaf EV.
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