Nissan Leaf 2018: What we know so far
Nissan was the first to introduce an all-electric vehicle to the mass market with the original Leaf appearing way back in 2010. Since its arrival, Nissan has sold more than 277,000 units, making it one of the world's best-selling electric vehicles.
The Nissan Leaf – the world’s best-selling electric car – will power up like Pac-Man for its second-generation. A bigger capacity battery will boost range, power and torque increase, and there’ll be a suite of autonomous features and a distinctive one pedal driving experience, all wrapped in a much edgier design.
Nissan Leaf 2018: Release date
The new Nissan Leaf will be announced in September 2017, several weeks before the Tokyo Motor Show kicks off.
The official announcement will take place on 6 September after the car manufacturer itself tweeted at the end of June: "The new Nissan LEAF premieres September 6, 2017 #Nissan #LEAF". The tweet also featured an accompanying image, though it gives very little away.
As to when the new Nissan Leaf will be available to buy is currently unclear but more information is expected to be revealed at the launch event so we will update this feature as soon as we hear more.
Nissan Leaf 2018: Design
The new Nissan Leaf is expected to bring with it a whole new design, which will come as no surprise to most. The current model features an aerodynamic underbody and rear diffuser, allowing air to flow smoothly underneath, while the front sees aerodynamic halogen headlights specifically designed to redirect airflow away from the side mirrors.
The next-generation Nissan Leaf will further improve its aerodynamic design, with Nissan claiming it will be more efficient in order to allow drivers to travel further on a single charge. According to the company, the new Leaf is lower to the ground, allowing for zero lift and better stability at high speeds.
Nissan has also said there will be other new design features on board to significantly stabilise the car when hit by strong crosswinds, though it didn't detail what these would be. The new shape is said to be inspired by airplane wings to enable a symmetric airflow and Nissan has teased images of certain elements, including the headlights, though no more than snippets are being revealed.
A one-pedal driving experience
‘The new Leaf will be a focal point of 2018,’ Nissan UK managing director Alex Smith told CAR. ‘It’s an EV, and it embodies everything we’re hugely focused on.’ Not only does that mean the electrification of the Nissan fleet, but autonomous driving – an area where Nissan is striving to be the leading mainstream car maker.
The new Leaf will be equipped with Nissan ProPilot Park, where the EV can park itself in parallel, perpendicular or slanted bays, driving forwards or reversing. It will also get autonomous highway capabilities, dubbed ProPilot I, such as cruising in lane between 18 and 62mph, and potentially ProPilot II – automated motorway overtaking at the flick of an indicator.
ProPilot I is due on the facelifted Qashqai, but wasn’t available for the crossover’s commercial launch this summer. Smith says it’s in the pipeline, but necessitates fine-tuning for European roads and right-hand drive. ‘When we’re introducing tech, it’s properly tested. We don’t test on consumers but before it reaches them.’
Nissan Leaf 2018: Price
The current Nissan Leaf starts from £16,680 so hopefully the new model will stay around this price bracket. With all the new technology going into the next-generation Leaf though and the redesign, it wouldn't be too surprising to see a slight increase.