After various leaks hinted at a newly redesigned version of its all-electric car, Nissan finally announced the 2018 Leaf.
The 2018 Nissan Leaf is a much-needed update to the outdated design Nissan first debuted in 2010, which was pudgy with an awkward saggy back bumper. A far cry from the more modern Chevy Bolt EV or Tesla Model 3 that land squarely in the same market as the Leaf. Nissan has responded in kind.
Nissan is mainly touting the new 40kWh battery that will provide 40-percent more range than the previous 30kWh version, boosting the range from 107 miles to 150 miles. It still pales in comparison to the Bolt and Model 3, which out 238 and 220-miles, respectively, but it’s a solid improvement.
The brand new e-Powertrain will also offer 37-percent more power.
There is also a new e-Pedal mode that Nissan is calling “revolutionary.” It does three tasks with one pedal: accelerate, decelerate and stop. It’s similar to the regenerative breaking past EV’s have had, but enhanced to be able to bring the car to a complete stop—essentially eliminating any need for a break pedal.
Included in the car is ProPilot assist that features single-lane highway driving and parking maneuver assistance.
The inside of the Leaf looks much more like a modern car than the old clunky design. The color palette incorporated is now darker, with an impressive steering wheel, digital instrument cluster and 7-inch center console touch display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support.
Outside, the car still very much looks like an EV, but it’s drastically improved. Nissan included a V-motion front grill, boomerang tail lamps and floating roof. Aesthetically, there are a lot of bright spots with the 2018 Leaf. The same wasn’t true for the older generation.
Nissan has priced the Leaf at $29,990 before incentives, making it more affordable than the Bolt and Model 3.
If you are looking for a first-time EV, why not go for the 2018 Leaf? That’s exactly the question Nissan is hoping people ask themselves.