2018 Nissan LEAF Specs, Prices Leaked

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New 2018 Nissan LEAF Teaser

Will a 40 kWh battery, lower price tag pull buyers away from the Tesla Model 3?

When the 2018 Nissan Leaf is officially revealed about a month from now, it may not have many secrets left to spill. We’ve already gotten a pretty good look at the exterior styling and Nissan themselves have told us about its regen-heavy e-pedal driving experience and its Pro-Pilot assist autonomous tech. Now it appears we have some of the most relevant specifications: price, battery size, and motor output.

2018 Nissan Leak spied at Oppama Plant

According to a configurator for the updated EV published by Autobytel, the 2018 Leaf will be a good bit more powerful than the outgoing version. If accurate, we can expect this latest electric lump to put out 147 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque, up from 107 hp and 187 lb-ft in the current model, so the difference should be quite visceral.

Of course, the heart of any electric vehicle right now is its battery and at first, at least, the Leaf with come capable of holding 40 kWh of jolt juice. It’s been speculated from a spy shot of the dash display that could offer as much range as 165 miles, but since that sounds a bit optimistic for this leaked spec (by around a dozen miles or so), we’ll have to wait for the exact EPA figure to be sure. Regardless, this is less range than either the Tesla Model 3 (220 miles) or the Chevy Bolt (238 miles). But, then again, it will be cheaper.

As it has in the past, the Leaf will come in S, SV, and SL trim levels, with the price tags reading $29,990, $32,490, and $36,200 respectively. This makes it a decent value play for those who don’t necessarily “need” the extra range of its competitors. Take the top trim SL with its heated seats and other fancy doodads, tag on the tech package, with features like Pro Pilot assist, Intelligent Cruise, and Automatic Emergency braking, and the price tops out at a relatively modest $38,795. Will it be a compelling enough value to keeps the sales crown in the Nissan trophy case? Probably not, but perhaps the coming bigger battery option — rumored to be in the 60 kWh range — will at least take the fight to the Chevy Bolt.

We’ve got screen captures of the other dimensions below, so check them out, and then let us know how you think the new Leaf stacks up value-wise in the comments section below.

Leaked specs for the 2018 Nissan Leaf

Source: Autobytel via Push EVs

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71 responses to "2018 Nissan LEAF Specs, Prices Leaked"

  1. Some / many of the dimensions, seem to be identical to the current Leaf, so I don’t know if they are accurate. The only ones I checked that are a tiny different – are the overall width and height.

    We’ll see in a bit less than a month!

    1. Current Leaf New Leaf

      Overall width 69.7″ 70.5″

      Overall height 61.0″ 61.4″

      So, 0.7″ wider and 0.4″ taller. Barely significant, if at all.

      1. Hans Hammermill says:

        Headroom, hiproom, legroom front and rear are all within an inch of last generation as well as cargo capacity.

        Turning radius is close, too. New Leaf is a little heavier.

        Bottom line: 2018 Leaf basically the same body as the last generation with things better where it counts: more power, longer range, more conventional styling, updated electronics and the same price.

        What is interesting is comparing it to the last gen Leaf it is a clear winner — a lot more car for the same price.

        Comparing it to the BoltEV, though, Bolt has a lot more range, more power and a little less trunk for basically the same price range after dealer discounts today.

        In other words a product winner but not a leader in the market in this price range. If they drop the price it may be a winner.

        1. vdiv says:

          Don’t count the discounts 🙂

        2. Nada says:

          Do count the discounts but do it for both…
          You can buy the current gen Leaf 10k under MSRP before any tax credits…
          You will probably be able to buy the new Leaf 5k under MSRP within a year if not 6 months…

          1. Hans Hammermill says:

            Yeah that was my point; I’m guessing 2018 Leaf will be a winner after they start dealer discounting.

            The last wildcard in this action-packed 2018 EV race is whether Hyundai can do a price-competitive 200+ mile Ioniq.

            We’ll see! Very exciting time!

      2. georgeS says:

        compared to BoltEV

        New Leaf—BoltEV

        front headroom


        overall Ht

        overall width


        rear leg room


        front leg room


        overall L


        rear head room 37.3–39.9

        wheelbase 106.3–102.4

        bigger than boltEV except back seat legroom not so good in new Leaf

        1. georgeS says:

          no luggage numbers. Nissan may have the rear seat a little forward to open up more room in back.

          1. bro1999 says:

            People cry bloody murder about the VOLT’s rear seta legroom (34.7 inches), so the fact the new Leaf will have 1.2 inches LESS rear legroom than even a Volt is shocking (if true).

            1. georgeS says:

              yeh Bro,
              GM really did their homework on interior room with the BoltEV. Plus I bet money the 40 kwh Leaf pack will be the uncooled one from AESC.

              Plus I bet the 60 kwh Leaf will be a little pricey.

      3. cmina says:

        What about the weight; if we’re gonna go with the source material, they say it’ll weigh 4453 lbs .. wtf ?!


        Maybe it’s a typo and they meant 3453 ?

        1. bro1999 says:

          That’s GVWR (max possible load it can carry). The actual curb weight is 1k less.

  2. L'amata says:

    There will be BOLT Buyers Going to Nissan because Nissan is a Better Product.But Tesla M 3 buyers , highly doubt it . A few will naturally be lost. Nothing for Tesla to worry about..

    1. ClarksonCote says:

      “There will be BOLT Buyers Going to Nissan because Nissan is a Better Product.”

      I’ve seen literally nothing to suggest this statement as being true. The Gen 1 Volt outperformed the Gen 1 Leaf in nearly every way, aside from the Leaf’s additional cargo space.

      Acceleration, battery longevity, range degradation, regenerative braking, handling, etc. all went to the Volt.

      Leaf won in the “class-action-lawsuits-due-to-range-degradation” category though.

      Why would the new Leaf vs. the Bolt EV be any different?

      In any case, I do hope the Leaf and Bolt EV are both successful, and that the new Leaf design engineers learned from the Gen 1 mistakes.

    2. vdiv says:

      Nissan has a better product?! By what measure? Price?

      1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

        Yeah, only if “better” means cheaper. Well, we can expect the Leaf 2.0 to have more comfortable front seats than the Bolt EV… but then, that will be true of very nearly every other car.

    3. hpver says:

      Not a better battery, and that’s a deciding factor for me.

    4. WadeTyhon says:

      In what way? Better priced I suppose?

      And for those who want more autonomous-ish features, the high trim leaf looks like it will be much more fully featured than the Bolt.

      In every other way the Bolt is the ‘better’ all around EV I would say.

      Although the Bolt, Leaf and Model 3 all make various concessions to hit their desired price points. So pick the vehicle based on the features and price you want. 🙂

  3. menorman says:

    Doubt it’ll pull away many TM3 buyers, but it will appeal to many people who are making their first foray into the EV market. Also, Nissan isn’t necessarily known as a luxury brand here in America and also certainly intend to compete globally, so pricing is paramount. In markets like Europe, the 40kWh offering will likely be enough for many buyers, especially when babied.

  4. Jon says:

    Looks like a good deal. Many with first gen <100 mile BEV's understand that we do not need super long range, but would be nice to have a moderate amount more.

    This hits a sweet spot in price and range and would work for many as their only car.

    1. Mikael says:

      Many with first gen <100 mile BEV's understand that we actually need super long range for mass adaptation.

      And there is only one thing in common with every EV driver so far no matter if you are looking at BEV's or PHEVs.

      That only common thing is that they want more range, more range and….wait for it….more range.

      1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

        According to one survey, 55% of plug-in EV drivers say they have never used en-route charging. That’s over half the market!

        Nissan can probably do pretty well in the short term with aiming for, and capturing, the bottom end of the BEV market.

        The problem is going to come as other EV makers improve their cars, if Nissan doesn’t improve their BEVs in any meaningful way other than better range. That’s a recipe for your product becoming obsolete, and facing a smaller and smaller segment of the market as time passes.

        I’m still hoping against hope that the Leaf 2.0 will have an active battery pack thermal management system, despite predictions or rumors it won’t. I’m disappointed this news didn’t specify one way or the other. 🙁

  5. Jerome Edgington says:

    Domenick, how confident are you that Autobytel’s info is accurate? How much is still being hid?

    A 60 kWh SL would be good at that price, but not at 40 kWh.

    1. philip d says:

      I agree. A base 40 kWh version that starts at only $5,000 less than a base M3 that has probably around 60 miles more range around 100 more hp, more front and back legroom and is wider would be a tough sell.

      1. DJ says:

        Except that you won’t have to pay an extra grand for any color except black, more $ to replace those ugly aero wheels, etc., and oh you can get it a hell of a lot sooner than the Model 3 and with full tax rebates.

        Soooooo, there is a lot going for it. Not everyone needs the extra range or wants a sedan so this could be a very usable option.

        1. philip d says:

          All we know at this point is that 18″ wheels come standard with 19″ wheels as options. First there is no information to even indicate that the aero wheels are wheels or covers. Second there is no information to indicate if they are wheels that they are the only ones you can get standard.

          Plus at least you get 18″ aluminum wheels standard rather than the horrible 16″ steel wheels that come standard with the current base Leaf and most likely the new one. How many thousands to replace those?

        2. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

          For once I agree with DJ.

          The price for options on the TM3 will cause the price to rise steeply when buyers chose options they want. As I’ve noted in previous comments, the TM3 is aimed to compete on cost with such cars as the BMW 3-Series and the Audi A4, including pricey options.

          But buyers will be able to get a well-optioned Leaf 2.0 for not all that much more than base price.

      2. ClarksonCote says:

        Put another way, why buy a 40kWh SL Leaf for $36k and change when you can buy a 60kWh Bolt EV for the same price, which also has better acceleration and battery thermal management?

        It seems like a no brainer.

        1. georgeS says:


        2. Terry says:

          Every single bolt available today at all the dealers I looked at we’re 44k or more….soooo.

      3. Stimpy says:

        You forgot this is a FWD econo-hatch. There’s no comparison between this and any Telsa.

        1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

          And yet, many people will compare them, simply because there are so few 100+ mile BEVs on the market.

  6. scott franco says:

    Nissan firmly and decisively sprints into last place…

    Or should I say they bolt into last place 🙂

    1. bro1999 says:

      Bolt into 3rd place (like Ussain Bolt just did).

  7. WadeTyhon says:

    I think the price is pretty good for what you get.

    40 kWh is what most people here seemed to expect from the launch with a 60kWh later.

    I know for a fact I could live with 150 miles of range. But I also know of several people who are current leaf owners that might be going for a Bolt now.

    I do think the low price, autonomous features, decent range, and most importantly revamped styling will keep the Leaf competitive.

  8. Alonso Perez says:

    Clearly the Leaf will be extremely competitive with the subset of the market that does not do road trips. With the new range, it will handle any metro area in any weather condition, including unplanned diversions, something that was not true with the 24kWh and was marginally true with 30kWh.

    A 40 kWh battery is probably optimal for this kind of use case. A 60 is just more money for very little capability most people will actually use for daily metropolitan driving.

    The 60 would be better for road trips. But if road trips are important to you, you will go with Tesla for the supercharger network. Neither the Bolt nor the Leaf are good for general road trips, no matter if the have 60 kWh, because the charging infrastructure is so poor. Unless you already know that you will always drive within a particular corridor that does have decent fast charging infrastructure.

    Personally, my road trips are exceptionally rare (last one over 300 miles was in 2005), so for people like me, spending less money on a car that also happens to be available right now is a pretty good proposition.

  9. unlucky says:

    If the S model is 40kWh then at that price I think it’ll sell/lease pretty well.

    The rest I don’t know. They seem kind of high.

    I’m sure it’ll win some Bolt customers by having a trunk you can get a golf bag into more easily. And also there is a lot of the world where you can’t get a Bolt/Ampera-e. But it seems like mostly Nissan has aimed for the low end of the market.

    Lower-effort update leads to a lower-cost vehicle. It’s a strategy, I’ll give them that.

  10. Eco says:

    FWD on a BEV !?!
    I’m sticking with my Model 3.

    1. ClarksonCote says:

      Nearly every BEV to date has been FWD…

      1. vdiv says:

        Let’s see..

        Mitsu iMiev: RWD
        Model S: RWD
        Smart ForTwo ED: RWD
        i3: RWD
        Model 3: RWD

    2. speculawyer says:

      What’s wrong with front-wheel drive? It has been working fine on the LEAF for its entire existence.

      1. vdiv says:

        You are asking the front wheels to do too much, it makes the vehicle front-heavy, it suffers from torque-steer and under-steer.

        1. Hans Hammermill says:

          Clearly you both live in a place without significant snow!

          1. vdiv says:

            Clearly we are smart 😉

    3. Stimpy says:

      Yeah doesn’t make sense to go FWD in a purpose-built BEV. Leave that to gas cars trying to save driveshaft costs.

  11. John Ford says:

    One just needs to ask the question of which ICE car is the new intended to compete with?
    So, which 5 seat hatchback will it outcompete at 30-39K?

    1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

      There’s the rub. The Leaf, even the Leaf 2.0, appears to be aimed at competing mainly with other EVs… if we define that broadly to include non-plug-in HEVs like the various models of Prius other than the Prius Prime.

      Contrariwise, the Tesla Model 3 and, at least to some extent, the Bolt EV seem to be aimed at competing directly with gasmobiles.

      If the Leaf remains aimed at only the very small portion of the market that is EVs, then the TM3 almost can’t fail to outsell it, since gasmobiles comprise the overwhelming majority of the market.

      Nissan is also retreating from controlling its own battery supply, by selling off its NESC battery manufacturing business to the Chinese. 🙁 Seems as if Nissan has deliberately chosen to make sure the Leaf 2.0 will be limited to a small market.

  12. speculawyer says:

    Incremental battery improvement & slight body refresh? Boring.

    They will have a tough time competing against the Model 3.

    1. vdiv says:

      I don’t see them competing with the Model 3, I see them as complementing the Model 3.

  13. David Murray says:

    I think it will be a competitive offering for an affordable EV. I certainly think it will gobble up most of the demand for the Ioniq EV that Hyundai doesn’t seem to be willing or able to produce to meet demand for that vehicle.

  14. speculawyer says:

    Anyone know if they are offering SAE-CCS? I really wish they would. Honda went with CCS so it seems Chademo is dying.

    1. Stimpy says:

      It seems like Nissan has decided to stick with Chademo. This barely makes sense now and *really* won’t make sense in another 5 years.

      The Leaf is the last car still using Chademo in the US. Everyone else has abandoned it.

      1. vdiv says:

        Kia Soul EV is still using it, Tesla has a CHAdeMO adapter, and the Toyota Mirai has a CHAdeMo socket in the trunk for V2H power output. Every new DCFC station has CHAdeMO plugs. Not abandoned yet.

        1. bro1999 says:

          Hyundai has switched to CCS. As Hyundai owns Kia, it is just a matter of time until Kia makes the switch.

          Nissan will soon be on a CHAdeMo island all to itself.

          1. DJ says:

            You guys are forgetting about that Bollinger truck. So in reality it’ll be the Leaf and all 10 of those that they’ll probably sell 😀

  15. (⌐■_■) Trollnonymous says:

    IMHO, this version LEAF will be a huge seller.

    1. William says:

      Once the discounting begins, it will sell well where the Leaf owners have graduated through the 2012-15 model years (24 kWh), to the 2016-16 (30 kWh).

      This 2018 (40 kWh) Leaf, represents the biggest % range boost since the transition between model years 2015-16. Add in the added HP and the rest of the new tech stuff, this Leaf should start to keep up with Bolt sales in NA, about this time next year. Now that Tesla will be going through its own internal production growth dilemmas, this may be Nissans brief moment, to get these off dealer lots and out in the wild. I’m not sure how they are going to actually accomplish the above without a little discounting.

  16. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

    I remember the time when we EV advocates were hoping for just one company other than Tesla to put a BEV into production that had at least 100 miles of range. And then LG Chem announced what they called a “200 mile battery”… and suddenly the conversation changed, with expectations raised!

    It’s true that with “only” 40 kWh of battery capacity, the Leaf 2.0 won’t challenge either the Bolt EV or the TM3 for range. Also, quite possibly whatever BMW comes up with for the next-gen i3 will also have a range in excess of 200 miles.

    But 40 kWh would give a range comfortably in excess of 100 miles. Going strictly by math, if the 24 kWh Leaf had 75 miles of real-world range (and EPA rated range, before Nissan manipulated the testing procedure**), then the 40 kWh Leaf should have ~125 miles of range. That will be quite enough for a lot of buyers. That certainly seems to fit well with Nissan’s intent to capture the bottom tier of the highway-capable BEV market.

    **That is, before Nissan eliminated the pre-set option to charge the car to only 80%, in order to manipulate the EPA’s testing procedures and make it appear the car had increased its range when it actually had not.

  17. bro1999 says:

    Found a 30 cubic foot cargo capacity rating.

    Again, assuming this is all true, Nissan has decided to sacrifice rear seat space/legroom for a much larger cargo capacity.

    1. georgeS says:

      LUGGAGE comparison

      Leaf– BoltEV– Model 3—model S

      Leaf wins that round. Same luggage room as Model S!!!

      1. bro1999 says:

        Can fit plenty of stuff in the hatch for 5 just fine as long as midgets sit in the rear. 🙂

  18. bro1999 says:

    So this info is obviously supposed to still be embargoed. Did Autobytel just screw up “bigly”?

  19. Texas FFE says:

    I think the 2018 Leaf specs are disappointing, I expected at least a 60 kWh battery pack. The Ford Focus Electric may only have a 33.5 kWh battery and 115 miles of rated range but Ford is already deep discounting the 2017. With the specs of the 2018 Leaf, Ford should be able to pull many prospective Leaf buyers to the FFE.

    Your going to have to pay at least $10k more for a Leaf with comparable trim to the FFE. The only big advantage I can see is that the new Leaf has is the Pro Pilot assist. The Pro Pilot option alone will be able to win over many buyers but is it enough to make the Leaf the market leader again? I don’t think so.

    1. Texas FFE says:

      Spoiler alert!! If anybody is wondering what the 2018 Ford Focus Electric is going to be like, just look at a 2017 model and picture it a different color. The two blue colors, Kona and Candy, are gone and the 2018 will be available in Outrageous Green. At least there will be a 2018 model (at least in the US), many people were worried the model would get discontinued.

      There is also some talk of longer range on the FFE but no confirmation. Could the 2018 FFE also be getting a 40 kWh battery? The whole Focus model line is due for a major refresh and it’s anybody’s guess what’s going to happen to the Focus Electric then.

  20. vdiv says:

    As mentioned in “Revenge of the Electric Car” Carlos Ghosn practices “The Art of War” by Sun Tzu, “Be where your enemy isn’t”. He is positioning the LEAF to be the true affordable mass market EV, something that neither the Bolt EV nor the Model 3 are. He showed that the limited range of the first LEAF, the looks, the lack of an active TMS are not an impediment to sales if the car is priced accordingly and is accompanied by a charging infrastructure and a world-wide market.

    I would not condemn the new LEAF, certainly not before it is even delivered yet.

    1. bro1999 says:

      Nissan was pretty much forced to play the “budget EV” card. They would never challenge Tesla’s luxury image. And when GM unveiled the Bolt, that is when they probably tossed out the “longest range” EV card too.
      What was left? The “semi-long range, budget EV” slot that happens to have a HUGE hatch.

      Interesting to see how the decision to gimp the rear seat space plays out. Less legroom than even a Gen 1 Volt, which was always crucified for having a cramped rear seat.

    2. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

      “He is positioning the LEAF to be the true affordable mass market EV…”

      No, very clearly he isn’t. If the Leaf 2.0 was aimed at being a “true affordable mass market EV”, then Nissan would be preparing to ramp up production rapidly, as Tesla is doing with the Tesla Model 3. Nissan would also be either building out its own large battery factories, or else would have made a contract with LG Chem for a (comparatively) large supply of batteries within a very few years, as VW is rumored to have done.

      The Leaf 2.0 is well positioned to capture the shrinking bottom end of the growing highway-capable EV market. This business strategy makes sense only in terms of milking sunk costs for all they are worth. Long-term, it’s a plan for disaster, as the Leaf will become increasingly obsolete and unable to compete with newer models of plug-in EVs.

      Presumably Nissan has other, more competitive BEVs in development, but doesn’t plan to market them (or brag about them in public) until the price of batteries comes down more. Other auto makers are aiming at 2020 as “the year of the electric car”, and perhaps Nissan is planning to do the same.

      Actually, I have a lot more respect for Nissan in this arena than VW. VW talks a lot about what they’re going to do, but does very little. Nissan has demonstrated, with its development of the Leaf 2.0, that they are quite capable of keeping details of their cars in development from leaking out until they’re quite close to actual production.

  21. Terawatt says:

    As I thought, Nissan doesn’t fail to disappoint.

    Sure, you’ll save several hundred bucks compared to getting a Model 3… what a bad joke this is!

    If it wasn’t for the fact that Model 3 will be in short supply AT LEAST for the so called foreseeable future, they shouldn’t really sell a single one. It’s almost an insult.

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