2018 Nissan LEAF Specs and Features
Would you believe it if we told you that electric cars have been around for over 100 years. It’s true, they even enjoyed a resurgence in the 1970s that saw wedge-shaped vehicles like the “CitiCar” begin to infiltrate urban landscapes. Unfortunately, their limited range wasn’t enough to keep them competitive with cars utilizing an internal combustion engine.
These days, when industry insiders and analysts talk about the future of automobiles, most of them agree that electric cars will only continue their growth in popularity. In addition to the price-per-mile being significantly cheaper than gasoline or diesel vehicles, issues with the vehicles can often be fixed by a software update over WiFi, rather than an expensive trip to a mechanic.
As one of the first electric models re-introduced to the public for the current forward-looking generation, the Nissan LEAF has become a symbol of global manufacturers committing to the sustainable and budget-friendly (in the long term) technology. We love the LEAF. It’s got quirky style, a range of 80 miles and is decked out with great comfort and convenience technology…
…and is about to get even better.
What’s New on the 2018 Nissan LEAF?
The first thing you’ll notice about the new 2018 Nissan LEAF is its compelling new design. Where the outgoing LEAF is quirky and eccentric, the 2018 LEAF is sleek and sporty. Replacing the organic, rounded exterior of the 2017 model with a sophisticated swept back front fascia and floating roofline, the 2018 Nissan LEAF echoes the technology inside – future proof and elegant.
The interior of the 2018 Nissan LEAF is similarly designed to reflect an understated brilliance. Horizontally-stretched dashboard keeps convenient infotainment technology within reach, without being a distraction. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility means you’ll never have to trade the smartphone experience with which you’re familiar for a secondary one with a “complimentary” learning curve.
Well-trimmed and finished surfaces set a standard for comfort uncommon in zero-emission vehicles, or even many other compact vehicles.
Additionally, the 2018 Nissan LEAF features Nissan’s patented ProPILOT Assist suite of semi-autonomous driving technologies which allow onboard sensors to detect potential collisions, lane changes and other hazards and make automatic adjustments to speed, braking and steering.
Having missed the memo from its competitors, the 2018 Nissan LEAF doesn’t skimp on performance for efficiency with a combined 147-horsepower and whopping 236 lb-ft. of torque.
The design and technology features are great, but what really sets the 2018 Nissan LEAF apart from the outdoing model is the thing in which most electric drivers are primarily interested – The range!
How Far Can I Go in the 2018 Nissan LEAF?
The 2018 Nissan LEAF nearly doubles the cruising range of the outgoing 2017 Nissan LEAF with an astonishing 150 miles* of fully-charged range. Drivers will love the fact that charging the 2018 Nissan LEAF is also very fast, achieving 80% charge in 40 minutes with the fast-charge port.
The 2018 Nissan LEAF promises to be a top contender in the ever-growing electric market. It goes beyond pitching an electric drive as an economic option, instead welcoming drivers to experience the future of ProPILOT Assist and single pedal driving.
2018 Nissan LEAF Release Date
We don’t have a certain release date from Nissan on the release of the 2018 LEAF yet, but we can be sure it should be arriving this winter. In a press release, dated December 4, Nissan announced that the 2018 Nissan LEAF had started production at the Smyrna, TN production plant.
As always, as soon as we know more, we’ll have updated information from Nissan here on our blog. If you have questions about the 2018 Nissan LEAF, or are interested in scheduling a test-drive with a Nissan vehicle, we’d love to help. Contact us today!
*Projected MY18 EPA range of 150 miles. Actual range may vary based on driving conditions. Use for comparison only.