2018 Nissan Leaf Packs More Range, Lower Cost Into Sleeker Shape

2 months ago by Sebastian Blanco 47

2018 Nissan Leaf

Half a million Tesla Model 3 reservation holders might disagree, but the reveal of the new 2018 Nissan Leaf is the biggest electric vehicle news of the year. The reason is not that the Leaf is a more important car than the Model 3 – we won’t get into that debate here – but the recent first delivery event of the Model 3 was more a celebration of what we learned last year than a lot of new information. With the long-awaited debut of the 2018 Nissan Leaf, though, we have the world’s leading electric vehicle automaker declaring how it will move forward with its second-gen product. The company has thought long and hard – too long, for some – about where to take the world’s best-selling EV. We finally can see what’s been decided.

On a preview trip to Japan to discuss the new Leaf earlier this year, InsideEVs learned that there will be two main Leaf models with different ranges thank to two new batteries, a 40- and a 60-kWh pack. The new LEAF gains 40% more range (400 km/248 miles range on the optimistic Japanese JC-08 standard), in the real world, that translates to 150 miles/240 of EPA estimated range. The e-Plus 60-kWh Leaf should offer over 200 miles (estimated at 220-225 miles). Here’s the interesting thing, though: Nissan isn’t talking much about that e-Plus model today at the simultaneous reveal of the new Leaf in Japan and Las Vegas. Instead, the focus for the U.S. market is on the price, which starts at an impressive $29,990, or $690 less than the current 2017 Leaf.

The longer range Nissan LEAF arrives in 2018

The 40 kWh Nissan LEAF kicks off sales in Japan in October, and in the US around year’s end (officially in all 50 states in early 2018).  The upcoming/larger battery arrives in the second half of 2018 (as a MY 2019 offering).

There’s a lot to think about in that decision, and you can see some of the reasoning in new Leaf’s design. Instead of the instantly identifiable front end, the new EV has been toned down to something resembling a normal car. When Nissan designed the original Leaf, the “frog” headlights were needed to reduce NVH (noise, vibration, and harshness) of the quiet electric vehicle. Since the New Leaf is better on all those counts, the front end can look more normal, with way lower headlights, and the aero is improved as well.

2018 Nissan Leaf

Before we get too much into the new Leaf, let’s put Nissan’s EV efforts into perspective. Even with those frog eyes, even with a totally new kind of powertrain (in 2010, especially, when the Leaf first arrived), and even with a substantial cost premium over your average consumer hatchback, Nissan has managed to sell around 280,000 Leafs since it launched (113,282 of those in the U.S. through August 2017). That means the Leaf is the world’s best-selling electric vehicle, and so we have to think that the company knows a little something about marketing electric drive to the masses. The big question among EV advocates for the last two or three years – as the Chevy Bolt and Tesla Model 3 went from ideas to actual vehicles – was whether Nissan was getting complacent from resting on its laurels or if it would continue to show EV leadership with the second-gen Leaf.

The fact that the new Leaf will eventually come with two different range options, and that Nissan isn’t going to be talking much about the longer, better one today, will be delicious comment fodder down below, I’m sure, but Nissan is nothing if not confident in its plan here. After all, even after the Bolt was released, the current Leaf enjoyed 10 months of year-over-year sales increases.

It’s Nissan’s opinion that this increase is because the Bolt isn’t directly siphoning away Leaf buyers, but brings new people to the EV segment. To scare them away with talk of a better model next year isn’t in Nissan’s sales interests, even if EV fans really in the know will have to decide if they want to wait for the e-Plus or jump into the 2018 Leaf today with all of its cool tech upgrades (we’ll get to those in a moment). By simply announcing a new Leaf with a massively updated design, more range than the current model, and a lower price, that should get the people outside the EV bubble talking. As a Nissan representative said in Japan, “Affordability is the consequence of democratizing the EV.”

2018 Nissan Leaf Ice Grille

New Design For A New Message

The Leaf’s new, less controversial look will help expand the pie, too. With the first Leaf, the design had to communicate that it was part of a revolution. That has been accomplished, Nissan feels, so now the design can communicate that the New Leaf is part of the whole company. That means Rogue-ish tail lights, a front end that won’t distract you on the road, and an overall larger size (35 millimeters longer, 10 mm higher, 20 mm wider, and the center of gravity has been lowered by five mm) than the current model. The front end is pulled together by the “ice cube grille,” which is flush on the outside for aerodynamic purposes, but looks kind of 3D looking – and it hides the radar sensors for some of the EV’s new tech (again, we’ll get to that in a minute).

Aside from the smoother front end, the big design change in the 2018 Leaf is the two-tone color scheme and floating roof thanks to a black C-pillar. The two-tone look creates a nice flow to the curvy lines from the top to the taillights to the rear of the vehicle and back up again. On the side, the 2018 Leaf’s zero-emission badges have been placed higher to emphasize the EV feel, but they’re not overbearing in any way.

2018 Nissan LEAF Interior

The updated design has had an impact on the new Leaf’s practicality, as well. The charge ports are angled upwards, so you no longer need to bend down to get the cable to attach. From the inside, the Leaf feels right, but not overly impressive. The materials in the examples we were able to sit in were not cheap, but not luxurious, either. There will, of course, be different trim levels that Nissan will talk more about when the 2018 Leaf gets closer to going on sale. There isn’t a Grand Canyon’s worth of space in the rear seats, but it’s plenty big.

In another nod to practicality, many of the buttons that affect the way the car drives (like selecting between Eco Mode or tuning e-Pedal on or off) are grouped together between the seats, near the drive selector. Other information and controls are clustered in a bright 7-inch touchscreen in the center of the dash (this screen is smaller on the lower-cost S trim).

If you think Nissan could have gone with a more aggressive look with the new Leaf, know that the design team did create an “antagonist” model, which was a different full-scale version that showed another direction the New Leaf could have gone in. Cars don’t exist in vacuums, though, and since the new Leaf is not going to continue to be an “only child” in Nissan’s EV line-up, the toned-down version won out.

2018 Nissan Leaf powertrain schematic

Some, Not All, Of The Tech

All right, let’s get to the tech. This is the part of the new Leaf that Nissan has been most anxious to tease and talk about in the build-up to today’s reveal, so a lot of this will be old news to regular readers. The highlight is the first use of ProPilot in a U.S. vehicle. Basically an advanced adaptive cruise control system in its current state, ProPilot can keep the Leaf centered in a highway lane (once you’ve engaged the system in a straightaway so that it has recognizes the markings) and stop automatically in the case of an emergency thanks to things like blind spot warning and moving object detection.

The U.S. and Japanese models will have slightly different specs here, since the roads are different in each country. The U.S. won’t get the car’s cool self-parking technology just yet, for example, which means we will miss out – for now – on seeing the car park itself nose or tail first, or even parallel park, depending on what you tell the car to do. If there are multiple open spots, you can set the target manually. At least the nav system has improved in-vehicle search to find charging stations.

2018 Nissan Leaf autopark

What’s probably unsurprising, but also a bit of a tease, is that (from what we learned in Japan – this isn’t mentioned in today’s releases, so it may change) is that only the two top trims, SV and SL, will offer ProPilot in the tech packages. In the lower, S trim level, ProPilot will not be an option. If you can afford the higher trim levels, than you can take advantage of Nissan’s main message about its new car-assisted driving tech: using ProPilot reduces the stress of driving. At least the any-speed, automatic emergency braking will be standard on all models.

ProPilot’s “hey, let’s make that drive easier” vibe is complemented nicely by the Leaf’s new e-Pedal driving style. When engaged, e-Pedal is basically a strong regenerative braking tool that makes one-pedal driving absurdly easy. As anyone who’s driven the old Mini E or a Tesla can attest to, one-pedal driving is a lot of fun, and it works quite well in the 2018 Leaf. After the expected push-button start, you quickly learn how to step down on the accelerator to move forward (or backward, as e-Pedal also works in reverse) and let up to come to a stop. Given all of these enhancements, driving the new Leaf is not going to be a challenge for most people in most situations.

But is it fun? Yes, from what we could experience. Despite being allowed to test the 2018 Leaf on a high-speed oval that was as empty as I imagine a North Korean highway to be most of the time, we were not allowed to actually drive fast ourselves.

What we did learn is that when you do step on the go pedal, you get slightly better performance than you do in the current Leaf. The 0-100 kmh time has been cut by 15 percent, and the 60-100 kmh sprint was reduced by 30 percent. The motor is the same 110-kW unit as the current Leaf, but the inverter has been improved, so you get more power to the wheels. Maximum motor output is 147 horsepower or 236 pound-feet of torque. The 2018 Leaf is software limited to a top speed of 140 kilometers per hour (87 miles per hour), same as the current Leaf. Looks like the leaked specs we saw a few weeks ago were mostly accurate.

Speaking of speed, when it comes to fast-charging the battery, Nissan remains dedicated to CHAdeMO, and has no plans for CCS. With the 40-kWh model, plugging into a CHAdeMO station will get your pack 80 percent full in around 40 minutes.

2018 Nissan Leaf

A Temporary Conclusion

Today’s reveal of the 2018 Leaf is really just a new snapshot of a company that continues to try and lead the pack on electric vehicles. Yes, the EV road is much more congested today than when the first Leaf went on sale in 2010, but Nissan also has years of customer data to guide its decisions – and it’s certainly keeping an eye on the competition. When work started on the new Leaf four years ago, the larger, 60-kWh pack was not part of the plan, Leaf chief vehicle engineer Hiroki Isobe told InsideEVs. Isobe’s implication was that when the ranges for the Bolt and Model 3 were announced, Nissan knew it had to compete. Today’s 150-mile new Leaf won’t do it, but the upcoming 60-kWh pack model should. Just how many sales will be gained or lost by the decision to go with the lower range today, with more to come later, remains one of the more interesting aspects of today’s reveal.

There’s a lot that goes into these sort of decisions. Foe example Nissan believes that when the E-Plus version comes out, that’s when the Leaf will open up to a whole new segment of customers. With the longer range, people will be more likely to buy instead of lease, the company thinks. The current mix is 55 percent lease, 45 percent purchases.

Then you have the trim levels. As described above, there will be some tech differences between the trims (which, going by the leaked documents, will be $32,490 for the SV and $36,200 for the SL) but all that ProPilot tech won’t be the only reasons you might want to spring for the higher-end models. Standard in SL, and a option on the SV and S, will be a combo Level 1 + 2 charging cord. This will let you get a level 2 charge from a dryer outlet, say, without the need for installing a dedicated wall charger. The SV and SL trims will also be connected via cellular data, while the S is not. Nissan can’t do over-the-air updates using this connection just yet, but that’s being worked on, we were told.

Then we get to the issue of federal tax incentives. The company has sold 113,000+ Leafs in the U.S., so it’s just over half-way to the incentives starting to phase out, so Nissan also had to price new Leaf low enough to avoid big disappointments in the near future. This fact alone will likely encourage the Leaf-curious to get a new model soon, without waiting for the longer-range model, because they know that 150 miles is plenty. And, since the 2018 Leaf will be a 50-state vehicle at launch, and 80 percent of Nissan’s dealers in the U.S. are EV-ready, the weight is really on the customer now. Nissan has done what it thinks is right, let’s see how the EV world responds.

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47 responses to "2018 Nissan Leaf Packs More Range, Lower Cost Into Sleeker Shape"

  1. mx says:

    Looks better, cleaner, faster, and bigger than the Prius Prime.
    This could hurt Toyota.
    And a future version with more horsepower.
    Interesting.

    1. BenG says:

      I don’t see it as a big threat to the Prime.

      People who were interested in a 25 mile range plug-in hybrid with uncompromised highway range using a gas motor are mostly not going to be interested in a 150 mile range EV.

      Sure, some people will cross-shop but Toyota will have plenty of takers for the Prime.

  2. Brandon says:

    GREAT DESIGN NISSAN!! Good stuff.
    Very nice article Sebastian. Well done!

    1. Sebastian Blanco says:

      Aww, thank you. You keep reading, we’ll keep writing.

  3. MotoEV says:

    Five doors, looks good, improved range, increased technology (Pro Pilot) for an equal or lower transactional price to GEN1.

    I think it can sell in a post US fed tax credit environment.

    There is a market for this vehicle where maximum range is not the holy grail and the customer wants a manufacturer with DEMONSTRATED support experience.

    While I applaud what Tesla is doing, I still have heartburn knowing that Elon jumps from idea to idea as impulses suit him. Tesla will have to become profitable in the Model III period and that is not a guarantee for Tesla.

    MyFordTouch became a cluster for Ford, cost them a ton of money to fix and took two more tries before Ford got it right in Sync3.

  4. Ziv says:

    The fact that Nissan is still way short of 200 miles of AER this year is going to be a huge problem for them, regardless of the MSRP.
    So this is a win for the 3 and the Bolt.
    I think the 3 is the big winner today. Not because it go better, but because a potential competitor failed to deliver enough to be of any real danger to Tesla. The Bolt may lose a few sales, though not many. Tesla will not lose any sales at all. Nissan falling short makes the 3 look even better.

    1. MotoEV says:

      200 AER evaluated in exclusion of the transaction price is not a problem for Nissan.

      Even with 210 AER, the Bolts are not suffering from a shortage in the marketplace (even with a $7k fed tax credit). Why is GM not sitting with a backlog of Bolts if AER is so critical?

      A homeowner who is currently leasing a Leaf will now get a better product for same or less money and get approx. 140 miles of range for the same cost (in a more attractive shell).

      If Tesla’s 35K Model III is actually a $44K product out the door, the projected sales volumes may not produce.

      200 AER without a free / near free accessible charging network may only mean (I don’t have to charge it every night). NOT A BIG DEAL IF THE EV SITS IN THE DRIVEWAY EACH NIGHT

      1. Ziv says:

        If the Bolt has 230+ miles of AER and the Leaf has around 150, the Leaf loses even if their MSRP is a bit lower. The Bolt is not doing well, and the Leaf may have a 2 or 3 month run, but its sales will tank until they get the 200+ model out there.
        The 3 is going to eat both the Leaf and the Bolts lunch. Being the cheapest or the longest ranged isn’t enough for either Nissan or GM. You have to have the whole package. Tesla does. Nissan and GM don’t.
        Nissan? GM? You are fired!
        LOL!

        1. ffbj says:

          I think they may even not sell the 40k here, or at least not push it. I think you’re right that it will sell but then sort of wilt when the blush is off the rose. It’s like yesterdays news, they are an also ran.

          1. Get Real says:

            Totally depends on the final prices.

            If these can be had within a few months for 20kish after incentives or 100$-200$/month lease then they will do well as capable commuter 2nd cars.

          2. Ziv says:

            ffbj, if Nissan can sell just 30,000 Leafs in the next 12 months it is a big win for them. Because they could fall short of that in a big way as the competition just keeps getting better. Now when Nissan brings out the 200+ mile AER Leaf next year, THAT will be interesting. If the price doesn’t go up too much it could take off nicely. But here is hoping that the new Leaf is able to ramp up its delivery rate fairly quickly!

            1. Mint says:

              I think you’re dead wrong.

              If the 2017 Leaf is matching last year’s pace of 50k, despite half a million potential EV buyers signing up for the Model 3, then this VASTLY improved leaf will easily double your guess of 30k, and probably triple it.

              The Bolt is the real loser, IMO, as it’s now the odd one out. The Leaf with ProPilot is now the best value for a commuter EV. The Model 3 is the best value in a do-it-all EV.

              Where does the Bolt fit in? You have to check all the following boxes to choose the Bolt:
              1. You don’t want Autopilot/ProPilot
              2. You desire 200+ miles range more than you want $7500
              3. You don’t need a good high speed charging network for road trips
              4. You want a small crossover much more than a sedan
              5. You have to be okay with the Bolt’s “dorky” styling despite better looking EVs out there.

              If even one of those points isn’t true, then you’d be better with either a Leaf or a Model 3. Before the 2018 Leaf, points 1, 2, and 5 were all weaker.

              1. Ziv says:

                Mint, I am talking about the US sales of the Leaf being a winner if they can get to or near 30,000. I don’t breath air in Europe or China so though important, their numbers have less interest for me than US sales.
                The Leaf sold around 14k in the US last year and 29k more outside the US.
                Getting to 30k in the US would be a win for Nissan but it won’t be easy for them to win back the BEV fanatics after the range loss fiasco and the penny wise and pound foolish response from Nissan. Likewise, getting to from 29k to 50k outside the US would be a big win, and I don’t think they have the same range loss issues in most other countries due to the extreme temps of the American southwest.
                I agree that the Bolt is a compromise and not the perfect BEV, but it will probably spank the new Leaf regardless due to the better range. Whether people use the extra range or not, they won’t buy a car that they think will let them down. And that let down is more a problem with the 150 mile Leaf than it is with the Bolt.
                I think the Leaf and the Bolt will stay pretty close to neck and neck in sales until one or the other brings a more compelling product, or price, to the market. But Nissan should have a good, albeit probably temporary, surge in sales when the new Leaf gets onto Nissan lots in decent numbers.

                1. Mint says:

                  Ahh, that’s a different story. I think Nissan is aiming for 2x-3x global sales, and 2x sales in the US is reasonable.

                  So do you think the Bolt will spank the Leaf or be neck and neck? You said both 😛

                  I personally think the Leaf will sell better due to price and ProPilot. By the time the Bolt gets lane-keeping, Tesla will own the $40k+ market with the 3 and Y.

        2. Mr. M says:

          Indisagree a lot. Tesla is not the cheapest! It’a good joke calling Tesla the cheapest.

          Nissan is the cheapest if 140 miles is enough.
          Tesla is the cheapest if 200+ miles are needed.
          Someone else is the cheapest in 60+ miles are needed.

          It all depends on your budget and driving needs. If you have only 5.000$ in your pocket a used iMiev might be the best EV you can get.

          1. Ziv says:

            M, I meant that Nissan is the cheapest and the Bolt is the longest ranged choice. Sorry, I should have made that more clear in my original post.
            Nissan has a nice offering, and I think it will sell well for a couple months. But after that it will have a hard time keeping the numbers very high. Until the 200+ AER version arrives.

        3. bro1999 says:

          This is assuming Tesla escapes “production hell” unscathed and avoids quality issues that have plagued their S and X. $35-45k purchasers will not have the same tolerance for fit and finish-type issues like buyers of their S and X. Nor extended delays getting into a service center once those issues do pop up.

          Only people I’ve read about being fired is that poor Tesla store employee in Arizona that was just trying to do his job. I guess he pissed off Elon by triggering news stories of $30k discounts off new Teslas, despite Elon’s insistence everyone pays MSRP, so Elon axed the guy.

          1. bro1999 says:

            Oh, as for Leaf 1.75? Meh. At least it’s not as ugly as the old Leaf.

          2. Ziv says:

            Bro, I am not sure about the level of “forgiveness” on the part of Tesla buyers going down as the price drops. If the buyer of an early S or an X is willing to forgive some fairly glaring shortcomings on finish quality in a $100,000 car, why would the buyer of a $44,000 be less forgiving? They get the Tesla cachet at less than half the price. And I will bet even money that the 3 has better reliability than the X did when it first came out.
            The 3 will appeal to an entirely different market niche than the Bolt, but it is going to sell in larger numbers than the Bolt by a large margin.
            GM built poor quality small cars for decades, and now the Volt and the Bolt are undeservedly paying the price for that reputation for cheap build quality. I love my Gen I Volt, it is a super solid, reliable, fun to drive car. But most people see the bowtie and remember their Chevette/Aveo and all the problems it had.

            1. BenG says:

              I’d say it’s better than 50/50 that the Model 3 comes out with better quality than the X did. Should be an easy hurdle to clear given all the problems with the X and it’s falcon-wing and automatic doors.

    2. Brandon says:

      I think Nissan knows quite well what their doing tho, and a big part of that if affordability. LEAF = Leading, Environmentally friendly, Affordable, Family car.
      Nissan has been the leader there, and IMO definitely will continue as such.

    3. Rhaman68 says:

      One huge Nissan advantage: dealers with free ChadeMO. Chevy dealers hardly offer L2 charging even for Chevy EV’s! 2nd huge advantage: Nissan’s free to charge for 2 years in most networks to include EVgo! Chevy:zero! As most EV owners do not run 500 miles a day, the free charging shall bring customers to Nissan IF Nissan decides to advertise!!!!

      1. Brandon says:

        I would definitely NOT consider free charging at Nissan dealers to be worth much at all. Unreliable and not open 24/7, which is when it’s important!

      2. SparkEV says:

        Everyone who buy Leaf get free charging, which means they will also use DCFC. Given the limited number of chargers, they will make you wait (and wait and wait) with this new slower charging (in C rate) Leaf.

        But if your time is worthless and don’t mind waiting 40 minutes (or 2 hours in some cases) to charge before you even get to plug in, sure, free charging will work for you.

    4. Tim Miser says:

      How can anyone consider a model 3 if they are not already on the waiting list?

  5. Gerhard Hauer says:

    So still not in the 300km range game for another year.

    Top speed 140km/h?
    You cannot even max out the tolerance of Austrian speed traps.

    Any word on (no) battery thermal management?

    OK car, but not on my shortlist.

  6. Tony Marco says:

    Fantastic car & price!!!

    Nissan will continue to be the Global leader in EV sales with this release!

    Great Job Nissan!

  7. ModernMarvelFan says:

    150 miles still fails. Tesla cancelled its 40kWh version because 150 miles is just not enough range.

    150 miles on a cold day becomes 110 miles at hwy speed. Better than before, still not usable for longer distance.

    The fact that it is releasing its “weak range” version before the long range version speaks volume! With all that range talk for everyone else, Nissan knows that it was behind when it was just going to “refresh” the LEAF rather than redesign it from ground up to be a better car.

    It failed! For US market.

    For EU market, I think it will sell decently because they don’t need as much range over there.

    1. MotoEV says:

      “For EU market, I think it will sell decently because they don’t need as much range over there.”

      Please explain – makes no sense

      Long-range EV travel is a factor of the expansiveness of the charging network and the breadth of high-power chargers.

      Bjorn Nyland has driven tons of EVs in Norway in winter conditions for 500+ miles trips.

      The US is BEHIND THE EV CHARGING NETWORK CURVE – NOT AHEAD

      https://youtu.be/SN_CWtjPGNo

    2. wavelet says:

      The _average_ daily driving distance in the EU is the same as in the US, not less.

      However, when looked at further, trips are actually longer in the EU, because there are a lot of EU drivers that only use cars for longer weekend trips, and use mass transit for commuting.

    3. Mr. M says:

      The Leaf with 107 miles and 30kWh sells. I see no reason why a 40kWh Version that looks better and costs lews should not sell.

      The 40kWh Tesla costed 60.000$ and for little more (5-10% more) you got 60kWh. Which was way better at that time. I agree that a 60.000$ Leaf with 40kWh would not sell well though.

      And if Nissan will also sell the 60kWh Version for only 5% (1.500$) more than a 40kWh a lot of people will buy the 60version, and in the end the 40 Version might be ditched. But i suggest the price difference will be far more significant.

  8. Get Real says:

    Not with Tesla.

  9. Gene says:

    I too see that there is a market segment that isn’t addressed by other EV options: something that costs a bit less than a Bolt or Model 3 at the expense of not having all of the range, and is available worldwide. Nissan may not be able to compete with Tesla and Bolt for the $40+k market, so I don’t see it as a failure to continue going after a market segment that no one else is yet addressing successfully. By spending $5k less, you get less of an EV. Nissan doesn’t lead the entire EV market, but they do lead that segment…for now.

  10. Jay Bean says:

    150 miles is more than adequate. I would pay exactly zero dollars to go from 150 range to a 220 mile range. Our 2016 SV will serve us well for a few more years but when the time comes I hope the smaller battery’s will still be a cost reduced option.

    I like the new lines. Good job Nissan.

  11. Jim Whitehead says:

    Better Late than Never. Nissan finally got rid of its ridiculous frog headlights, whose circus sytling made me think they never took EVs seriously. Now they are halfway serious, slowly moving to 200 miles of range.

    Why did it take legacy automakers 6 years to learn the lessons Tesla learned in 2 years with the Roadster? Are they really that slow or are they willfully blind to the EV revolution?

    Someone said all revolutions go through 4 stages.

    1. First they ignore you. (“Tesla is going bankrupt soon. Short it now.”)
    2. Then they laugh at you. (“Tesla is just a Niche player. Very niche ha ha”).
    3. Then they fight you. (“Make them use dealers or call them illegal.”).
    4. Then you win, maybe, until someone else does the above to you.

    Tesla and a few other EVs are in stage 3. In market share, Tesla is entering stage 4 in the minds of hopeful investors.

  12. Absidu says:

    They should make less powerful option for -3000$ for Uber, Lyft.

  13. Miggy says:

    Metric Specs

    Exterior (mm)

    Overall length: 4,480

    Overall width: 1,790

    Overall height: 1,540

    Wheelbase: 2,700

    Track width, front/rear: 1,540/1,555

    Minimum ground clearance: 150

    Coefficient of drag (Cd): 0.28

    Tyres: 205/55R16 or 215/50R17

    Storage: 435 litres, rear seats up (VDA)

    Weight/capacity (kg)

    Kerb weight: 1,490-1,520

    Capacity: 5 passenger

    Gross vehicle weight: 1765-1795

    Battery Type: Li-ion battery

    Capacity: 40kWh

    Electric motor Name: EM57

    Maximum output: 110kw (150ps)/3283~9795rpm

    Maximum torque: 320Nm (32.6kgf・m)/0~3283rpm

  14. bro1999 says:

    So the “new” Leaf is basically just a heavily lipsticked pig aka Renault Zoe with different styling and features, with the guts being more or less the same. Meh, I guess at that price point there will be a market.

    Pretty lame Nissan sticks the new Leaf with a 3.3 kW onboard charger as standard. AND no DCFC standard either. People lambasted the Bolt for not including DCFC standard.

    1. Knut Erik Ballestad says:

      The Leaf has 50kW DC fast charging!
      – what i doesn’t have is CCS standard DCFC, but rather Chademo – like the existing Leaf

  15. Tank777 says:

    This is going to be a home run for nissan. The styling is great , so it the price vs range. Interior is very well done especially if they have an all black interior. Much much nicer looking then à hyundai ioniq for my personal taste. Better looking than my elantra GT. Great job nissan!!

  16. Chris says:

    At the event they were certainly trying to push the fact that they “started” the EV revolution and have the most experience developing EVs and ICEs. Should be interesting to see if their experience and reliability claims take sales away from the other EV developers.
    Great article, keep up the great reports!

  17. Kaz says:

    Hmm… maybe I haven’t been playing along for a while, but I noticed a couple of things in this article that don’t seem to jibe with what I thought I knew about the LEAF…
    1) My 2012 LEAF isn’t speed-limited to 140km/h, but 150, or 93mph. (Don’t ask me how I know…) Did they change that in later model years?
    2) My 2012 LEAF also has an 80kW motor… did they increase that to 110 in newer ones? It says it’s the same motor, so I’m wondering if they released a newer motor, or if my understanding is flawed (i.e. it’s a 110kW motor that can only draw 80kW from the battery pack).

    1. Knut Erik Ballestad says:

      The new Leaf has a new and improved inverter, that is able to serve the motor with power faster and more efficient. Seems like the Inverter was the bottleneck in the old setup, and not the motor itself.

  18. Mister G says:

    I leased 2012 Leaf and then a 2016 Leaf but I’m very disappointed in new leaf’s range…I switching to model 3 when my 2016 Leaf lease ends. Bye bye Nissan.

  19. David Murray says:

    No mention anywhere if the new battery pack is liquid cooled. I laughed a bit when the guy in the video said that the Leaf has the most reliable battery pack of any EV.

    1. SparkEV says:

      He’s taken cues from Prez Dump: it’ll be HUUUGE.

  20. hpver says:

    Looks better and more tech stuff. But the guts don’t seem that much different. And 40KwH is just not enough. Seems like they’re still moving awfully slow.

    The real question that remains for me though is whether there is active thermal management for the battery. Particularly liquid cooling. If not, they’re behind the Bolt and the M3.

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