The amazing electric hatchback for the Japanese manufacturer will come completely new for the next year, as 2018 Nissan Leaf. The original model came in 2009 and it quickly became the best-selling electric vehicle in the world. This model is known for its excellent quality. Despite the fact that it is not present in the media as some other models, it still keeps the leading position. After eight years of production, we are about to see a redesign. Although it comes with some updates every year, it is time for some bigger changes. If we consider that many manufacturers released their, much younger models, this redesign was expected. Simply, newer models like Chevrolet Volt feature some new technologies that provide better range. However, this won’t last for long since 2018 Leaf will once again take the leading position in terms of performances, according to the company’s spokesman.
2018 Nissan Leaf redesign
The 2018 Nissan Leaf will bring plenty of new things. This redesign will not be just about new powertrain. We will see a completely new vehicle that will feature things like a new platform, new styling, interior design etc. When it comes to the car’s chassis, it will utilize some new light materials that will provide some big weight savings. This will surely make a great impact on the car’s overall performances, especially in terms of range, which should be increasing all away up to 250 miles. When it comes to styling, we will see a completely new appearance. The 2018 Nissan Leaf will use the recent IDS concept as its inspiration. This means not only the brand’s new V-Motion grille and floating roof but a whole bunch of new details and sharper overall shape. On the other side, dimensions will remain very close to the original.
2018 Nissan Leaf interior design
As we already mentioned, 2018 Nissan Leaf will feature similar proportions to the original. This means that the new model will have similar wheelbase, maybe a little bit longer. However, the company promises even better use of space. The result should be even roomier interior, with more space for legs and heads for both front and rear passengers. When it comes to the cabin styling, we will see a completely new design of the dashboard, with some details borrowed from other new models from the brand. The instrument cluster will be pretty unique on the other side. When it comes to the equipment, we believe that the new 2018 Nissan Leaf will be organized in three trim levels. The base model will be called S, then goes SV and finally SL as a top model. The cargo space will be generous. It will be good for about 30 cubic feet.
2018 Nissan Leaf powertrain
The new model will come with a completely new powertrain. The 2018 Nissan Leaf will come with better performances than the original, especially in terms of range. The new electric motor will feature plenty of power. It will be good for about 150 horses and 235 pound-feet of torque. This amount of power will be enough for a smooth and comfortable ride, even for some decent acceleration. On the other side, we will see great fuel economy too. The company installed a completely new, 40kWh battery that will provide more than a twice better range than the original. According to some reports, 2018 Leaf will have a max range of 250 miles. There are also reports about new powertrain that will feature several driving modes. One of them should be some kind of an ultra-economic model, which will probably provide even better results in terms of range.
2018 Nissan Leaf release date and price
According to the latest reports, the second-generation 2018 Nissan Leaf will have its premiere in September. It should hit the market soon after. When it comes to the price, the new model will go around 30.000 dollars in base variants. A mid-range SV model will cost around 32.500 dollars, while the top SL model will cost you around 36.000 dollars.