Some details about the 2018 Nissan Leaf have started to leak. Rumor has it, the EV will look a little more normal, because not everyone wants to drive a cartoon around.
No other electric car has sold as much as the Nissan Leaf, although the Tesla Model 3 could topple that record quickly. Now that the EV is a little long in the tooth, and facing serious competition, Nissan is getting a more advanced second generation ready.
Range should increase quite a bit. It used to be the Leaf excelled in this area, but competitors have pulled way ahead. Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn already said the new Leaf will go over 200 miles on a charge. That’s over double the current figure.
Onboard tech should be impressive. Ghosn said ProPilot, an autonomous system for highway driving only, will be included in the new Leaf.
Perhaps the best indication of what the 2018 Leaf will be like is the Nissan Sway concept. Revealed back in 2015 for Geneva, it somewhat matches the design language of newer Nissans.
The debut of the next-gen Leaf isn’t set in stone. Really, it’s a guess that it will be a 2018 model. Most industry experts thought it would be here by now. The delay could be battery tech problems, or other issues. Nobody really knows what the holdup’s about or exactly when we’ll see the new EV.