More conventional shape for Nissan Leaf

on Jun25

In these spy shots, the Leaf may lose a little drama outside. Photo credit: BRIAN WILLIAMS / SPIEDBILDE

The 2018 Nissan Leaf, the second generation of the five-door battery-powered hatchback, is losing some of the dramatic styling on the original model.

The deeply sloped hood on the first-generation EV has been scaled back a bit, and the first-gen’s bulbous rear end is less pronounced on the latest version, which is expected to arrive late this year.

The Leaf’s interior also gets a heavy makeover. The first-generation car conveyed information in three areas — two on the dash and one in the center stack. The 2018 Leaf gets a navigation/infotainment screen in the center stack, while driving information is displayed on a screen behind the steering wheel. The shifter has been redesigned and looks simpler to operate.

It’s not clear from recent spy photos if the new Leaf will retain its nose-mounted charging port above the grille. The biggest upgrade will be to the car’s driving range. It will have to be able to travel farther than 200 miles on a charge to be competitive with the Chevrolet Bolt and Tesla Model 3.

It’s possible, like Tesla, that Nissan could offer the new Leaf with a choice of battery packs and price levels.

Nissan says the new Leaf will be available with ProPILOT Assist, a suite of technologies active on the brakes, steering and electric motor that provide a degree of driver assistance at highway speeds.

Inside it gets a boost, with an infotainment screen in the center stack. Photo credit: BRIAN WILLIAMS / SPIEDBILDE

The Leaf’s interior also gets a heavy makeover. The first-generation car conveyed information in three areas — two on the dash and one in the center stack. The 2018 Leaf gets a navigation/infotainment screen in the center stack, while driving information is displayed on a screen behind the steering wheel. The shifter has been redesigned and looks simpler to operate.

It’s not clear from recent spy photos if the new Leaf will retain its nose-mounted charging port above the grille. The biggest upgrade will be to the car’s driving range. It will have to be able to travel farther than 200 miles on a charge to be competitive with the Chevrolet Bolt and Tesla Model 3.

A simpler shifter was also spotted. Photo credit: BRIAN WILLIAMS / SPIEDBILDE

It’s possible, like Tesla, that Nissan could offer the new Leaf with a choice of battery packs and price levels.

Nissan says the new Leaf will be available with ProPILOT Assist, a suite of technologies active on the brakes, steering and electric motor that provide a degree of driver assistance at highway speeds.



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