While other automakers make news, Nissan has been working like a covert operative chugging away the new 2018 Nissan Leaf. Expected to arrive in dealerships in early 2018, the new Leaf, according to Nissan, has a host of new advanced driving aids, a more powerful motor, and an improved range.
Being an EV, range is probably the most important thing to look at first. So let’s get down with it already. The new model comes equipped with a 40kWhlithium-ion battery pack that offers an impressive mile range of 150 miles, up from 107 that was had with the previous model. Making that range possible is the 147 hp and 236 lbs. ft. of torque produced by the new engine.
Moving on, the new Nissan Leaf also got a raft of new driver-assisting technologies. They include emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and lane departure intervention that have been combined under ProPilot Assist. Another is the E-Pedal system. This one allows the driver to control both braking and acceleration while using just a single pedal.
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Other than those, buyers should also expect slightly redesigned exterior surfaces and interior technologies. Speaking of redesigns, Nissan says future driving and looks will now be defined by what it calls “Nissan Intelligent Mobility”. This will allow the vehicle achieve even better utility other than just being a stylish transportation system. According to the Japanese automaker, the Intelligent Mobility will define how the vehicle integrates into society, how it is powered, and how it is driven.
Even while the newest Nissan Leaf seems to have what it takes to impress shoppers looking for ingenious technology, fuel efficiency, and comfortable driving dynamics all bottled up into a stylish electric-powered vehicle, the formidable competition it expects might deny it the last laugh nonetheless. Giving it a run for its money in the EV market include the Chevrolet Bolt and the Tesla Model 3. Although costing a little bit more than the Leaf, the two offer impressive ranges that should have the Leaf worried.
Be that as it may, the Nissan Leaf 2018 is a fine choice for people not looking for killer daily commutes. Again, its wealth of driving aids, and comparatively low price adds to its value preposition.
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2018 Nissan Leaf Review
- interior redesign & facelift
- engine specs
- release date & Price
2018 Nissan Leaf SL Interior Redesign & Facelift
The interior of the Leaf has been completely redesigned over last year. The interior now has an understated, tasteful look and feel. Additionally, the material quality is top notch while the fit and finish of the details further catapult the vehicle’ refined silhouette.
The seats, steering wheel, dashboard, and the new-look seven-inch TFT display feature a fine vibrant blue stitching that occupants will certainly appreciate. The display layout also features important redesigns that now make it easier for the driver to access key elements such as audio and navigation info, power-gauge, state-of-charge, and the Safety Shield Technology.
Although not available in certain countries, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are also an addition to the revamped infotainment system. Besides those aforementioned, the new Leaf SL will also feature the following: leather upholstery, heated front and rear seats, LED headlights, foglights, a 360-degree camera system, and a Bose audio system.
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The Nissan Leaf SL being the top-of-the-range model offers a smooth ride quality thanks in part to the nicely shaped leather seats. Many will find its driving feel neither overly stiff nor excessively buoyant. Furthermore, it’s silent on the road thanks to the electric propulsion system.
Exterior Changes - 2018 Nissan Leaf SL
The new design language expresses Nissan’s pioneering approach and forward thinking attitude. First shown during the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show, the latest car is the perfect semblance of the IDS Concept Car. The car’s dynamic EV personality is represented by the sporty, eye-catching body.
According to Nissan, the express simple and clean lines are the main philosophy behind the design of the exterior that amalgamate to create a robust and sleek silhouette. Upfront, the bumper, and the horizontal character line best highlight the car’s lower center of gravity.
The automaker now says the new Nissan Leaf’s drag coefficient is now at 0.28 thanks to the aerodynamic body styling, including a rear bumper with aero-design wheels and clear-cut curve.
New for 2018, the new vehicle now features dual, direct-lens projector-beam headlights. These not only improve forward illumination coverage and safety but also improve on balancing the design and functionality.
Engine Specs – Nissan Leaf SL
The Leaf has had quite a remarkable history in terms of the range development over the years. When it first debuted into the market, the Leaf was only able to offer a 73 mile range – then considered to be pretty descent. This figure then increased by 11 miles with the 24kWh battery, and more n recently 107 miles with the 30kWh battery available on the existing model. Although the latter isn’t that bad for daily commute over short distances, the other available options in the market seem to cut the mustard way much better.
For instance, the Chevrolet Bolt and the Tesla Model 3 now offer ranges of 238 miles and 220 miles respectively. Nevertheless, the two fail miserably when it comes to pricing, thereby leasing some life back to the Leaf.
As anyone would tell, the biggest challenge Nissan had in its quest to make the Leaf better was in terms of range. And while the efforts didn’t lead it into the 200-mile territory, the changes made were enough to grab some headlines.
On a single charge, the latest Nissan Leaf 2018 is now able to cruise up to 150 miles – representing a growth of 40% over the existing model. And as far as output goes, Nissan says the new model is now rated at an impressive 147 hp and 236 lbs. ft. of torque – a leap of 40 horsepower and 49 lbs. ft. of torque.
Charging using the 3kW outlet will now need 16 hours and only 8 hours with the 6kW outlet.
2018 Nissan Leaf SL Price & Release Date
Pricing for the Nissan Leaf starts from an MSRP of $30,680, which is rather good value for the buck considering the changes it has had. Moreover, it undercuts both the Chevrolet Bolt and Tesla Model 3 by $7,500 and $5,000 respectively. The Leaf SL being the top-of-the-range model comes with an asking price of $36,200. In terms of the release date, Nissan says we should expect deliveries in Europe, Canada, and the U.S to start sometime in early 2018, most likely in January.