What’s New In The 2018 Nissan Leaf?
The 2018 Nissan Leaf has finally been unveiled seven years after the first generation burst out onto the international scene as the most affordable mass-production electric vehicle. It has a lot to live up to, considering the Nissan Leaf’s status as a bestseller and the growing EV and hybrid competition from other automakers. Take a look and see some key updates for the 2018 model year before it arrives in dealerships in early 2018.
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Of course, the most noticeable difference between the 2017 and the 2018 Nissan Leaf is the exterior design. The charging port and its door have been moved from directly behind the Nissan badge to further up the nose of the car. This means that the Nissan Leaf can now sport Nissan’s V-Motion grille like the rest of the automaker’s lineup. Under the chrome shape, however, is a clear-blue 3D mesh pattern in a “freezing” design, giving it a blue background to rest upon. The car’s whole silhouette is meant to give the car “cool tech attitude.”
Nissan describes the interior of the new Nissan Leaf as “premium ambience with a clean, relaxed, high-tech feel” in line with its new Gliding Wing design language. Blue is the highlight color throughout the cabin, from stitching in the seats to the instrument panel and push button start. The 2018 Nissan Leaf has a new seven-inch full color display paired with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay in trim levels with navigation packages. Nissan engineers also worked hard to make a quieter cabin for a more comfortable drive.
Of course, the upgrades everyone wants to know about are under the hood in the Nissan Leaf’s drivetrain. The Nissan Leaf’s estimated driving range has jumped to 150 miles, making longer trips possible in the vehicle. Drivers hoping for a more powerful EV will be happy to know that the Nissan Leaf’s torque gets a 26% bump to 236 lb-ft and the horsepower rises 38% to 147. The batteries have been redesigned so that they can hold more charge without increasing weight on the vehicle, making these changes possible. If that range and power isn’t good enough for you, Nissan estimates an even bigger increase for the 2019 model year.
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