Nissan’s engineers walked away from the proverbial eco-friendly drawing board with something big to crow about: a new all-electric Leaf for 2018. The 2018 Leaf has a more appealing, stylish physique, and Nissan has increased its range by 40%, making it more competitive with American rivals like the Chevy Bolt. Here’s a sneak peek at the redesigned Leaf, which should hit Nissan dealer showrooms sometime after the New Year’s Eve parties conclude.
The New Leaf is A Critical Darling
Kelley Blue Book reviewers have already tested the new Leaf and came away impressed with its driving manners, calling it “snappy right off the line,” and touting its “excellent mid-range passing power.” They also liked the sense of driving serenity, which is in large part thanks to the absence of engine noise and the elimination of the whining sound produced by typical EV motors. In essence, the new Leaf “acts and drives like a real car and not a science project.”
The 2018 Leaf’s redesigned body makes it look more like a conventional gas-engine hatchback or a crossover SUV. Inside EVs reviewers roundly approved of the Leaf’s new appearance, noting that it “looks like a traditional mid-hatch; modern, yes, but with lines common to other recent Nissan cars.” That’s because Nissan engineers gave the 2018 Leaf a complete body-overhaul, including a floating roof, cool-looking multidimensional translucent blue grille, and sharper lines. We think it’s a real looker, and you will too.
A Plush EV Interior
Plenty of soft-touch materials enhance the cabin of the 2018 Leaf, and the dash has a flowing wing-like quality that speaks wonders with its functionality. There is ample head and legroom in both the front and the back seats, which are available with leather upholstery in the range-topping Leaf SL.
Even when you choose the base model S, you’ll get plenty of great features including:
- 16-inch wheels;
- 37% more power;
- 40% more range on a single charge;
- ePedal technology, which allows you to accelerate and brake with just one pedal;
- leather-wrapped steering wheel;
- adaptive cruise control;
- NissanConnect with Navigation;
- and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.
Plenty of Options Too!
On the base S model of the 2018 Leaf, options include a “quick-charge” port and portable charge cable with adapters for both 120- and 240-volt outlets.
On the S and SV models, you can also opt for an “all-weather package,” which includes niceties like a heated steering wheel, heated seats, heated outside mirrors and rear-seat heating ducts.
Then there’s the SV Tech option, which includes LED lighting, 8-position power seats, portable charge cable, automatic emergency braking, blind-spot warning, electric parking brake, lane-keeping assist, rear cross-traffic warning, ProPilot and steering assist, and adaptive cruise control.
The Leaf SL trim also has a Tech option that includes ProPilot, full-range adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, and Intelligent Lane Intervention.
The “Power Plant” Under the Hood
The Leaf’s 40-kWh lithium-ion battery pack is backed by Nissan’s amazing 8-year/100,000-mile warranty, and with optional fast-charging capability, this battery can be charged in just 40 minutes flat. (As mentioned, the new battery pack has an EPA-estimated 150-mile range, which is a significant improvement over previous Leaf models.)
On the engine front, you’ll find a 110-kW AC synchronous electric motor under the hood, which powers the front wheels and provides 147 HP and 236 pound-feet of torque. Peppy doesn’t come close to describing this EV engine. You’ll just have to test it when the 2018 Leaf is available at our Springfield Nissan dealership.
When is the New Leaf Available?
The Nissan Leaf is already one of the best-selling electric cars in the world, and the 2018 Leaf promises to keep that record intact for the foreseeable future! When it arrives across the country in early 2018, won’t you be among the first to test drive it? We thought so.
If you commute to Newark or NYC on a daily basis, you’ll love what the Leaf and New Jersey’s tax incentives can do for you. Stay tuned for more information about the 2018 Nissan Leaf’s arrival at our Nissan World of Springfield dealership or contact us at (973) 315-1177 for more details. If you order a 2018 Leaf today from our Springfield car dealership, you’ll also receive a free gift courtesy of Nissan!
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