In our second leak of the week, we get to learn much more about the upcoming 2018 Nissan Leaf. Nissan has been drip feeding us information on their new EV in the lead up to its unveil next month. This time, we have a lot more information to chew on.
Thanks to an accidentally published Leaf configurator page that has since been removed, we know a fair bit more than we did last week.
2018 Nissan Leaf
The key details about the 2018 Nissan Leaf are the engine and range. According to the configurator, the Leaf will have a new 110 kW electric engine that delivers 147 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque which is quite a lot more than the existing 107 hp and 187 lb-ft.
The 2018 Nissan Leaf will also feature 40kWh batteries that are larger and have more capacity than the current setup. The current Leaf uses 30kWh batteries. So capacity is definitely up but we have no idea yet on their efficiency.
What we also don’t yet know is the projected range of these units. Speculation is that the new batteries will give the Leaf around 165 miles range but that has not yet been confirmed by Nissan. Personally, I would expect closer to 200 miles range as that is the golden number right now. The Leaf needs to compete with the Bolt EV which has a 200 mile range. Anything less would not work in Nissan’s favour.
The same three trims will carry across into the new model year. The base S, SV and top trim SL will all be present. Each will come with new standard feature lineup as well as new optional features, including ProPilot Assist. Exactly what features are on what trim level we just do not know as yet.
U.S. pricing has been revealed but we don’t yet know exact figures for Canada. In the U.S., the sticker price for the Leaf S is $29,990, the Leaf SV is $32,490, and the Leaf SL is $36,200. Each is slightly cheaper than this year’s model. Again, this is U.S. pricing, not Canadian. I would hope we would also see a reduction in price.
The 2018 Nissan Leaf has a lot of expectation to live up to. It needs to extend range significantly while also offsetting advances by competitors in the EV market. The design elements we have seen so far show the looks to be great, but unless the range is competitive it won’t matter.