During simultaneous events in Las Vegas and Tokyo, Nissan revealed its 2018 Leaf, which will have more power and greater electric range than the previous-generation Leaf. It will also cost $690 less.
While we were quick to note the 150-mile range is nowhere near the Chevrolet Bolt EV’s 238-mile range, we also noticed it costs about $7K less than its upstart competitor.
It’s also packed with some really neat technology.
The most significant new high-tech feature will be Nissan’s ProPilot Assist. This is a tame version of Tesla’s Autopilot, which combines adaptive cruise control and steering assist. It will control speed in stop-and-go traffic, and it will also help keep the car centered in the lane. It will not support fully hands-free driving and requires the driver to keep a hand on the wheel at all times.
Another nice bit of tech that we’ll see in the new Leaf is the e-Pedal, which will allow drivers to speed up as well as slow down simply by the amount of pressure applied to the accelerator. We’ve seen this one-pedal driving before in both the Bolt EV and the Tesla Model S. In the Leaf, the e-Pedal will even allow the vehicle to come to a complete stop on hills.
Leaf will also get a completely new e-powertrain, which delivers 147 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque (as opposed to 107 and 187, respectively).
For those who might be disappointed with the specs, Nissan stated in a press release it would offer a higher-power, longer-range version at a higher price for the 2019 model year.
The design of the Leaf gets spiffed up for the next-gen as well. The exterior gets a few more hard edges, the Nissan boomerang taillights and V-Motion grille. The interior gets modernized as well with a new 7-inch center display screen, standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, upgraded materials and vibrant blue stitching accents.
Some quick specs for the 2018 Nissan Leaf:
- Battery: 40kWh lithium ion
- Motor: EM57
- Horsepower: 147
- Torque: 236 lb-ft
- Cruising range: 150 miles
- Charging times: 16 hours (3kW), 8 hours (6kW), 40 minutes (quick charge up to 80 pct.)
- Length: 176.4 inches
- Width: 70.5 inches
- Height: 61.4 inches
- Weight: 3,433 – 3,508 pounds
- Seating capacity: 5
While the new Leaf will go on sale in Japan Oct. 2, it won’t hit the U.S. market until early 2018.