Fall officially starts on September 22, but the details on the all-new 2018 Nissan Leaf are already dropping.
Nissan unveiled its redesigned all-electric vehicle this week. It’s long-awaited since it is the first major overhaul since the Leaf’s debut in 2010.
While the next-generation model offers more range, it doesn’t compete with the 200-mile plus Chevy Bolt and Tesla Model 3, at least right now. It’s targeting a different market – the tried-and-true one the Leaf currently attracts.
The soon to launch Leaf will take you 150-miles per charge, that’s up from 107. It also carries a new power system with a 40-kilowatt-hour battery. That’s just the base power system too.
In 2019, Nissan will add a more powerful battery option for a longer range that will put it over the 200-mile mark in line with the Chevy and Tesla.
The big tech news is that the Leaf will be equipped with Nissan’s ProPilot Assist semi-autonomous and e-Pedal technologies. ProPilot Assist uses both Steering Assist and Intelligent Cruise Control to make driving easier. E-Pedal is basically one pedal driving. It controls every aspect of driving from acceleration to stopping just by the amount of pressure you apply to it. Fully releasing the pedal activates the brakes to stop the car. When going uphill, the same pressure to maintain a speed on flat ground.
Lookswise, the lines on the next-gen model are much chicer. It looks like a Lexus RX with a floating roof. The nose forms a nice toe with the lights connecting in a large boomerang shape mirrored on the rear tail lights. The hatchback size remains with it offering seats for five.
The Leaf is more than just being an all-electric car. It also holds the honored title as the best selling EV in the world. There are around 300,000 Leaf sales since its arrival back in 2010. Yep, it also holds the title as the first mass market EV ever seven years ago.
The 2018 Leaf goes on sale early next year from $30,875, but don’t forget about those federal and state tax incentives.