2018 Nissan LEAF Walkaround Videos Provide Us With Clearest View Yet Of New Update

1 month ago by Mark Kane 25

The premiere of the 2018 Nissan LEAF is already behind us, and compared to the outgoing model, the EV looks great, and should be well received comparatively speaking.

Its cheaper, can travel much further, and has a less polarizing look.

2018 Nissan Leaf in blue

2018 Nissan LEAF

So, let’s have a closer look at the new LEAF – both inside and out on a few comprehensive walk around videos.

The new LEAF is to be offered in three trim-levels, as well as broad portfolio of colors (see a gallery of some of them below), with some countries also netting two-tone versions.

As always, black is always the sensible choice (bonus points from our Editor-in-Chief incoming for saying that), but the red looks amazing as well.

At first, the new 2018 LEAF will be offered with a 40 kWh battery (estimated at 150 miles of EPA range) in January (October in Japan), but a higher performance, longer range ~60 kWh version is under development now, and will arrive next Fall as a 2019 (good for ~225 miles of range).

Below:  2018 Nissan LEAF color gallery + interior gallery

2018 Nissan LEAF

2018 Nissan LEAF

2018 Nissan LEAF

2018 Nissan LEAF

2018 Nissan LEAF

2018 Nissan LEAF

2018 Nissan LEAF

2018 Nissan LEAF

2018 Nissan LEAF

2018 Nissan LEAF

2018 Nissan LEAF

2018 Nissan LEAF

2018 Nissan LEAF

2018 Nissan Leaf dashboard

2018 Nissan Leaf dashboard

2018 Nissan LEAF

2018 Nissan LEAF

2018 Nissan LEAF

2018 Nissan LEAF

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25 responses to "2018 Nissan LEAF Walkaround Videos Provide Us With Clearest View Yet Of New Update"

  1. john doe says:

    Too bad they didn’t keep it identical to The IDS.
    A bit radical, but cool.
    Now it is safe, less cool. Still OK. Maybe they played it safe, to be more normal.
    Probably to sell volumes. I think the IDS would sell just as many.

    1. James says:

      Oddly I find the new Leaf both less ugly and less cute at the same time. Still a bit edgy, but certainly more mainstream. I can see it selling well.

  2. alain says:

    well it looks way better ,cheaper to buy ,and 150 miles is really all you need for afull day of running around like nut case.shouldn’t charge anywhere but home,the battery should last at least 12 years easly,not bad at all.

    1. Lawrence says:

      I’m surprised that the regulars have not mentioned the lack of Supercharger and Autopilot yet.

      1. reader says:

        Come on, it doesnt even have bioweapon disaster mode !

        1. And no Rediculous Acceleration Mode, either!
          ;%)

          1. Will says:

            Lol or fake autopilot where you let your car drive you into trucks and off cliffs because they can’t see pavement markings

    2. SJC says:

      If they have thermal management the packs might last. Without it 12 years would be 6 bars.

  3. James says:

    Some photos of the new LEAF show the floating roof with back roof panel and body color A pillar and up over windows, other versions are all body color and yet a third two tone version with black pillars and roof. It will be interesting to see how that shakes out on the dealer floor…packages?.

    To my eye, the two tone version without the body color division between windows and black roof makes LEAF look slab-sided. Black roof also making the painting process have more steps. Remember Chevrolet explaining how they had to paint Volt twice when it had a black roof panel? GM ditched the black roof mid-cycle.

    Lastly, an EV needs to be as moderately temperate inside as possible to require less energy going to cool and heat the car. We know black absorbs heat, so why such an emphasis on the black roof? Could the black top soak the heat upwards away from the air cooled battery pack?…L 🙂 L . OK, not likely.

    I want a thermally controlled pack over styling distractions. The black roof does look cool, except on the i3 where you beg for the black body color to hide the awkward gizmo blacked out portions.

    The light sky blue is interesting as are all the color choices. The white interior with the stripes isn’t my cup of tea. All in, a unassuming interior with nice finishes. Bolt EV is plasticky but has a much larger touchscreen to focus on.

    Overall a smarter looking car than the one it replaces.

    Now hopefully we can learn more about the mechanicals and handling impressions. Supposedly we will get a stiffer ride the the Japanese market spongeiness…

  4. James says:

    They call it “all new” but presumptively its built on the same platform. Same wheelbase, slightly longer body.

    Good to keep costs down, looking forward to no U.S. tax credit. Not so good to compete with rivals. My guess is that Bolt EV will run circles around the LEAF performance-wise, but LEAF should outsell Bolt 2 to 1.it’s

    The budget play does have merit, however. It seems smarter than what GM did so it could brag about being first over 200 miles in range. The majority of LEAF owners I know couldn’t tell you how the battery pack is cooled, anyway.

    I predict a smaller pack option for Bolt EV in the next two years. I see both Bolt and LEAF both as lease plays. One, because depreciation will be painful, and the other because an air cooled pack wears out faster, also leading to poor resale value.

    1. Lawrence says:

      I wanted to like the Bolt and was planning on buying it until I test drove one. TMS with that impressive range. They did a great job on the technical side.

      The battery size and the acceleration was great. That was about it. Since I don’t need the range, I would gladly give that up for comfort. Plus Chevy should have put in adaptive cruise.

      As much as I admire Chevy for including TMS, I know that it will not block out the discomfort that I would have to endure for hours during my long commute each day.

      1. William says:

        I don’t know if I am LESS attracted to the slightly cramped and uncomfortable NARROW Chevy Bolt front seats, or the BLACK ROOF on the 2018 Leaf, with different the TWO TONE color packages.

        Seems like GM made an honest mistake with their Bolt seat design, however Nissan could have thought it through a little better, for the Leaf drivers in high UV exposure hot sunny climates.

        I’m not sure whom, amongst the two, should take home the “Small Gripe Prize”, in the “Willful Ignorance Award”.

        1. Samwise says:

          So don’t buy it with a black roof…
          It appears to come in about a dozen colours many of which don’t have a black roof.
          Seems strange to gripe about something that is optional…

          1. William says:

            “Strange dayz indeed, most peculiar Momma!”
            I would consider the Kia Soul EV, which has the two tone paint scheme, with the white roof, a little better, in the more practical high sun exposure department. Just saying, practically speaking!

          2. Lawrence says:

            Appears that there is white with black roof and white with white roof. So not wanting the black roof doesn’t limit your options.

        2. Lawrence says:

          I may gripe about the seats on economy flights. Sitting in seats similar to those for three hours each day for a three year lease term is more than trivial.

  5. AP says:

    I’m very disappointed that it lost the digital speedometer. In my neighborhood, you can get a ticket for going 27 in a 25 zone. Small thing yet it may be a deal breaker for me.

    1. Astros says:

      A large digital speedometer is one of the options for the driver’s display.

  6. Astros says:

    I’ve noticed that most of the promotions for the new Leaf show views of the NissanConnect EV app that look nothing like the current version. The current version is pretty terrible (almost uselessly slow!), so it looks like it might get updated soon. Hopefully the update will work for older models, as well.

  7. drpawansharma says:

    one day, EVs will be available in a range of body shapes, colours, models and EV range and hopefully there will be much less cribbing.

  8. silversod says:

    It looks really good indeed, I like the paler colours myself with the bright interior, Range wise 150 miles is all I’ll ever need & no problems with heat & the floating black roof here in northern England.

  9. Don says:

    Any indication what they did for the battery pack’s thermal management? There was none on the old leaf and what I’m hearing that they improved it by adding fans to cool the batteries when they overheat.

    What about winter temperature management?

    Does anyone have any news related to this?

  10. Bob Austin says:

    I completely agree that the Bolt is very uncomfortable. They forgot to make the seating comfortable. I almost bought a Bolt but now I am looking forward to the Leaf. I had a 2013 Leaf SL for three years and it had 62 miles on a full charge when turned in. Therefore I am also very interested in the battery deterioration due to heat in the 2018 Leaf.

  11. sveno says:

    No more 5W PV panel? That was my favourite gimmick!

  12. Avishay says:

    Ugh what’s with the huge transmission tunnel in the back seat? It’s bigger than in most ICE’s. Can’t think of any other original EV that even has this.

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