The next generation Nissan Leaf has been announced at Las Vegas and we like what we see. The new vehicle had a global unveiling in Nevada and Tokyo and seems to hit all the right notes.
The big news and the one thing we all wanted to know was range. We now know that the 2018 Nissan Leaf will have a range of 241km (150 miles). A new, denser battery pack enables more charge to be stored for the same size batteries. New lithium-ion batteries somehow manage to store more charge while weight much the same and being exactly the same size.
2018 Nissan Leaf
Other changes include a radical redesign that is going to make it much more attractive to buyers. The existing Leaf is for people who want to be seen to be saving the planet or who can cope with the lozenge shape as a cost of being green. The 2018 Nissan Leaf involves neither of those compromises.
If you glance at the 2018 Nissan Leaf, it looks just like a standard hatchback. It has an attractive design, a standard Nissan grille, nice styling across the hood and down each panel and a very cool looking floating panoramic roof. The rear end is just as neat with stylish lights and trim. Only the absence of an exhaust tip hints at what this car is about.
On the inside, it looks just like a normal car with LED panels, a touchscreen, normal steering wheel and controls. It is only when you start it up and see the display that you know this is a different car.
The 2018 Nissan Leaf will have the option of ProPilot, Nissan’s semiautonomous technology. It will also include e-Pedal one-pedal driving which uses only the gas pedal to control the car with regenerative braking switched on full and automatic braking and hold. This will take some getting used to but seems to work well from the tests we have seen.
With 146 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque and a CVT transmission, the Leaf will be no slouch around town either. A light weight considering the batteries and great balance makes driving a breeze.
Clever design means the rear seats and cargo space are uncompromised by batteries. The rear will seat two adults comfortably and the cargo area will take the usual mix of family essentials without having space robbed by electronics or boxy plastic battery covers.
Overall, the 2018 Nissan Leaf is an excellent improvement over the current model. It goes on sale spring 2018 and I think it will do exceptionally well.