One the first owners of the 2018 Nissan LEAF in the UK compared how much of it is different from an older version.
As it turns out, there are many similarities compared to the 2014 LEAF with its 24 kWh battery, as Nissan cut development costs and based the new LEAF largely on the previous generation electric car.
The new LEAF is highly improved, but it is not designed from the ground up.
"This is a comparison video between the 2108 Nissan Leaf 2.Zero and a 2014 Nissan Leaf Acenta. You'll be surprised how much is carried over to the MY2018 from the previous generation model. The comparisons don't cover every aspect of the cars, but focus on some of the main features and similarities."
Of course there's that 40 kWh battery (instead of 24 or 30 kWh). 110 kW electric motor (instead of 80 kW), but in fact the motor itself is the same, but its power electronics have been changed. There is a Type 2 charging inlet in Europe instead Type 1 and it's in a slightly different position.
Nissan designed a new front and rear for the car, but when you take a look, the doors are nearly the same. Similarities were found inside too.