A closer look at the uncovered next-gen 2018 Nissan LEAF.

We've previously seen the all-new 2018 Nissan Leaf wearing camouflage. Later, it was spotted uncovered in Barcelona, though at a distance, showing off its floating roof. And, just yesterday, we saw what we think is a reasonably accurate render giving us a closer look. But now, undisguised shots of the highly anticipated electric hatch have emerged from what we understand to be an inspection line at Nissan's Oppama plant.

New Nissan Leaf without camo. Photo used with permission from Broom (<a href=3 more photos at source)" draggable="false">

New Nissan Leaf without camo. Photo used with permission from Broom (3 more photos at source)

Sure, the shots are a bit fuzzy, but they do reveal the character lines of the rear three-quarters better than anything we've seen to date, as well as the rear taillight assembly. We can also now confirm at least one shade of red that can be expected on showroom floors.

The photos showed up on a Japanese message board, and appear to be a screen capture from an attempt by a Twitter user — whose account has been now made private — to share them with a automotive website (we've embedded the entire tweet below). According to the text accompanying the photos, the shots were snapped at an inspection area of Nissan's Oppama Plant on the southern end of Tokyo Bay by an employee of a supplier.

The 2018 Nissan Leaf is set to be officially unveiled by the company on September 6 in Tokyo, and make it to US showrooms by December. With the first generation Leaf being the EV sales king, with some 277,000 examples produced, we anxiously await to hear details about range, price, and features that might indicate whether this newest version will keep the crown.

Screen cap of tweet sharing 2018 Nissan Leaf spy shots

Screen cap of tweet sharing 2018 Nissan Leaf spy shots

Embedded Tweet with multiple 2018 LEAF images below:

2018 Leaf Oppama red
2018 Leaf Oppama white

Source: Livedoor2001yNB8C bluemiata / Twitter, hat tip to Adrian, Alan!