The restyled 2018 Nissan Leaf will be unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show later this year. We managed to catch a few images of the prototype being tested, and it seems Nissan will build on the success of the first-gen edition. Our spy photographs have given us a good idea of what we are supposed to expect.
Besides, the Japanese automaker has uncovered some bits of information regarding the redesigned Nissan Leaf. Official reports have it that the restructured Nissan Leaf becomes very distinctive and competitive in its segment. The Nissan’s latest revelation receives a semi-autonomous function known as pro pilot.
2018 Nissan Leaf – The New Fascia
The reshaped Nissan Leaf adds a faux grille at the front, which gets lined with horizontally-oriented headlights. The new fascia will make the vehicle’s front appear much lower and wider, consequently forming an inclined profile. One more prominent aspect of the facade is the little bump atop of the windshield. It may accommodate sensors for Nissan’s semi-autonomous ProPilot system.
The 2018 Leaf also boasts other cues that include the side glass and thick D-pillar. The D-pillar looks slightly less pronounced thanks to a black-painted panel that provides a floating-roof appearance. The reshaped Leaf’s rear hatch is not as ranked as the previous Leaf. Hence, we are likely to witness a more modern hatchback look that probably improves the cargo capacity.
We have had the first look at the cabin of one of the test mules. The fit and finish are somewhat production-intent. The interior demonstrates also a redesigned version of the current generation set-up. Furthermore, inside the cabin, you will find Nissan’s ProPilot technology that provides high levels of autonomy. The system makes it easy to navigate city intersections.
The Nissan Leaf’s ProPilot assist is likely to be based upon the ProPilot system that Nissan previously showcased in its Serena minivan. The system includes the basic hardware suite, such as a TWR front camera connected to a mobile computer. Also, we are likely to have the standard car technology such as an electric park brake, electric power steering, ABS and an engine control module.
Under the Hood
Under the floorboards of the iconic Leaf, there is a front-mounted electric motor. It gets its juice from an advanced 40 kWh lithium-ion battery. The Nissan Leaf no needs tailpipe as there no emissions at all. Its electric motor guarantees less engine noise and vibration.
The powertrains fitted in the Nissan Leaf have a synchronous electric motor, which is rated at around 110kW. That is equivalent to around 108 HP. The supposed unit drives the car’s front wheels via a single-speed transmission. The 2018 Nissan Leaf accelerates from 0-62 mph in just 11.5 seconds.
Release Date and Expected Price
The refined Leaf goes on sale in the United States and Europe in early 2018. The 2018 Leaf that comes equipped with a battery package carries a price tag of around $30,000. That may be sufficient for around 150 miles of range. A pricier 60 kWh option also makes debut somewhere in early 2018. Finally, it pushes the mileage to over 200 miles.