2018 Nissan LEAF prototype/mules have been spotted testing recently in the US and Europe
While we earlier heard that the Nissan LEAF would be debuting at some point later this year, we can now put a specific time and place on that happening.
A special event has been put on the calendar by Nissan for September 6th in Tokyo - which is of course is actually September 5th in North America and Europe.
In an interview from Europe, Pierril Pouret, Senior VP of the region, confirmed that not only would the 2018 LEAF be an all-new offering, but that it will lead Nissan's leadership position in the segment for the future.
"This will be a brand new model, designed from a blank sheet, that will make sure we are still in the front."
Pouret made the comments on the occasion of the 30,000th LEAF registration in Norway. He also noted that Nissan's large past investments in the space, and its larger scope compared to its peers, gives the company the advantage today heading into the next generation of EVs.
"In the automotive industry today, nothing is invested in as much as electric cars and electric car technology. But many of these investments we already made ten years ago, which gives us a certain competitive advantage."
The first in a series of shots and technical specs to be released on the 2018 Nissan LEAF this Summer
Nissan exec notes similarities between the IDS Concept and future LEAF
As we have already seen in action with the first teaser shot of the 2018 Nissan LEAF, the Nissan VP confirmed that the promotional strategy leading up to the September 6th debut is to slowly leak photos and technical specs on the new EV over time.
Pouret notes that the new LEAF does indeed retain many of the design notes of the earlier shown IDS Concept, but would not divulge any further details (like the vehicle class, or battery/range options at launch).
It is expected that the new LEAF will retain the 60 kWh battery found in the IDS Concept, but will also offer a 'smaller' option (~40 kWh) when it launches.
The 2018 Nissan LEAF will arrive in the US in late 2017, while Europe deliveries are expected in early 2018.
Tu.no, hat tip to Stian J!