Rumor has it that the next-generation Leaf might arrive as a 2018 model. The redesigned model to be based on the IDS concept showcased by Nissan at the 2015 Tokyo motor show. The most important innovation arriving with the 2018 Nissan Leaf is a new battery pack. Expect its 60-kWh battery to deliver at least 200 miles of range. Moreover, the Leaf is likely to adopt a sleek new design instead of its current awkward styling. The announced changes will be absolutely necessary if Nissan aims to take on the likes of Chevrolet Bolt. As a reminder, the 2017 Chevy Bolt offers up to 255 miles of range.
2018 Nissan Leaf Redesign
When it comes to exterior styling, expect the 2018 Nissan Leaf to bring radical changes. Its current sheet metal has often been described as controversial and disproportionate. As mentioned, we have reason to believe that the new model could mimic the eye-catching IDS concept. Of course, it will be quite difficult for Nissan to carry over some of the styling cues seen on this futuristic concept. But the upcoming Leaf would definitely benefit from the concept’s proportions and sharp lines. The same goes for the minimalistic and high-tech interior. Whatever the final outcome may be, the second-generation Lead will have to offer dramatic changes both inside and outside.
2018 Nissan Leaf Specs
The current iteration has a maximum range of 84 miles with the standard 24-kWh battery. In case you go for the optional 30-kWh pack, the Leaf can deliver up to 107 miles of range. Now, the 2018 Nissan Leaf will more than double that range thanks to a 60-kWh battery pack. The EVS29 pack that made its debut in the IDS concept differs when it comes structure and chemistry. As mentioned, the new battery technology should allow the Leaf to deliver a range of 210-220 miles. Now, the new Chevy Bolt uses a 60-kWh battery that gives it a maximum range of 255 miles. As for the 2017 Tesla Model 3, expect it to feature a minimum range of 215 miles.
Unlike its predecessor, the next-gen Leaf will be competing in a highly contested segment. Some of the most prominent names include the likes of Tesla Model 3, Chevy Bolt and Ford Focus Electric.More details on the 2018 Nissan Leaf, including the pricing, should surface in the coming months.