The Nissan Leaf has long been one of the top dogs in the electric vehicle segment, but fiercer competition calls for a few upgrades. The second-generation Leaf launches for the 2018 model year and brings a longer range and new styling. The next-generation upgrades will help the 2018 Nissan Leaf get the edge over competitors like the Chevrolet Bolt.
The upcoming Nissan Leaf will feature new battery packs with a driving range that tops 200 miles in higher trims. The all-electric hatchback will shed its skin and drop some of the styling that many drivers found odd. Instead, the car will take on a more streamlined look as electric vehicles become the norm.
According to recent 2018 Nissan Leaf spy photos, the second-generation Leaf will feature V-motion grille and a potential sporty floating-roof design seen in other models in the brand’s lineup. If the spy photos are any indication, the Nissan Leaf will be dropping the vertical taillamps.
As for the powertrain, the 2018 Nissan Leaf will maintain its electric motor that delivers 107 hp and 187 lb-ft of torque. Two new battery packs, 40 kWh and 60 kWh, will replace the 30 kWh pack in the outgoing model. That will result in a much longer range compared to the first-generation Leaf.
The first-generation Nissan Leaf launched in 2010. Since then, more than 100,000 units have been sold in the United States alone.
We at Haddad Nissan can’t wait to see the 2018 Nissan Leaf in person.