With sales now approaching 200,000 units, the Nissan Leaf is by far the highest-volume electric car ever sold. 2018 Nissan Leaf is a new concept model and here we will talk about it. And the new 2018 model promises to go a notch higher banking on its improved specs. The new model is an all-new model and its release date should be expected sometime next year, probably in the latter half.
The new Leaf comes adorned with features such as a long cruising range, nationwide availability, a spacious rear sea, and hush cabin. And for 2018, the new model surpasses the earlier range and therefore promises to be a top choice for anyone interested in an electric car that offers a peppy all-electric driving, and efficiency.
On a full battery charge, the base Leaf can travel up to 84 miles and 107 miles if you opt for either the SL or SV trims. This might not be the most impressive EV range, but as most drives would attest to, 80-100 miles is the typical driving range for daily driving needs even for gasoline-only users.
The segment has grown over the past couple of years, and now offers a plethora of similarly equipped or better alternatives obviously depending on the price range. Two particular stand outs are both the VW e-Golf and the Kia Soul EV. Both are “A” rated EVs and offer plenty of bells and whistles for the money, and most importantly, superior range and class-topping efficiency.
The only demerit to the two is that they aren’t available in all states, and that’s where the Ford Focus comes in, it has nationwide availability, as is the Leaf. Another option to consider is probably the BMW i3. Whichever way seems great for you, the new 2018 Nissan Leaf is certainly worth your time.
Trim Options – 2018 Nissan Leaf
SV, SL, and S are the three trim levels you should expect for the new five-passenger 2018 Nissan Leaf hatchback. Rumors are rife another model could be offered, but this will ostensibly be known on its release date.
2018 Nissan Leaf Exterior Changes & Interior Redesign
The Leaf S model’s list of standard accessories and features includes a driver adjustable seat, cruise control, mobile app integration, a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, heated mirrors, 16” steel wheels, a four-speaker premium sound system, a 5” color touchscreen interface, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, a rearview camera, full power accessories, a USB port, a CD player, rear folding 60/40-split seats, heated front seats, keyless entry and ignition, auxiliary audio jack, a cloth upholstery, a 3.6kW onboard charger, automatic climate control, and a USB port.
The Leaf SV steps you up with a more efficient heating system, 17” alloy wheels, HD and satellite radio, a partially recycled cloth upholstery, heated power side mirrors, a quick-charge port, a six-speaker audio system, a rearview auto-dimming mirror, a navigation system, a heated steering wheel, additional USB ports, and dual-zone automatic climate control.
Opting for the Leaf SL gets you heated rear seats, automatic LED headlights, a leather upholstery, a rear spoiler, an all surround-view camera, a seven-speaker Bose stereo audio system, full power accessories, foglights, and a cargo cover.
2018 Nissan Leaf Engine Specs & Fuel Economy
Motivation for the 2018 Nissan Leaf is offered by the 80-kW electric motor working synergistically with a lithium-ion battery pack. The total output here stands at 107 hp and 187 lbs. ft. of torque. The SL and SV trim models are offered with a 30kWh and 24kWh batteries for the base S model.
Although unimpressive in its class, the Leaf zips from 0-60 mph in 10.2 seconds.
When it comes to fuel economy, it is estimated by EPA that the base S trim that comes equipped with a 24kWh pack returns up to 84 miles of an all-electric range, and 107 miles for the SV and SL trims with the 30kWh battery pack.
Regardless of the battery pack, EPA also says the models should typically use up about 30kW for every 100 miles travelled.
A depleted battery is expected to recharge in about five hours whilst using the 6.6kW charger and 30kWh battery pack and a power source of 240-V. the quick charge port, on the other hand, does so in just 30 minutes.
2018 Nissan Leaf Price & Release Date
Once available, the 2018 Nissan Leaf price should be expected to start at an MSRP of $29,010, and up to $36,790 for the SL trim. Its availability is expected sometime in late next year.