2018 Nissan Leaf brings greater range and semi-autonomous drive

Nissan has officially unveiled the new second-generation Nissan Leaf, the world’s best-selling zero-emission electric vehicle.

Completely redesigned, the new Nissan Leaf combines a dynamic new design with greater range from its pure electric drivetrain as well as new technologies and features.

Capable of a range of up to 400km, the new Nissan Leaf is powered by a new e-powertrain that develops 110 kW of power and 320 Nm of torque. Charging from a normal 10Amp power point takes 8 hours for a full charge, while the charging time from alert to 80% takes 40 minutes.

Along with a greater electric range, the new Leaf also debuts Nissan’s ProPILOT autonomous drive technology, used during single-lane driving on the highway, and ProPILOT Park self-park feature.

The design of the 2018 Nissan Leaf is heavily based on the company’s IDS Concept released in 2015, featuring a low, sleek profile that gives it a sharp, dynamic look. Familiar Nissan design features include the signature boomerang-shaped lamps and V-motion flow in the front. The flash-surface grille in clear blue and the rear bumper’s blue molding emphasize its identity as a Nissan EV.

The new cabin is focused on the driver, featuring a front panel in the form of a “gliding wing. Vibrant blue stitching in the seats, dashboard and steering wheel has been incorporated as a symbol of Nissan’s electric vehicles. The 7-inch, full-color (TFT) display has been redesigned to highlight key features, such as the Safety Shield technology power gauge and audio and navigation system information. Apple CarPlay has also been added.

The 2018 Nissan Leaf goes on sale in Japan next month, with deliveries to other global markets in early 2018. Nissan will also offer a higher power, longer range version at a higher price in 2018.

2018 Nissan Leaf Technical Specification

Overall length (mm)4,480
Overall width (mm)1,790
Overall height (mm)1,540
Wheelbase (mm)2,700
Track width front/rear (mm)1,530-1,540/1,545-1,555
Minimum ground clearance (mm)150
Coefficient of drag (Cd)0.28
Tires205/55R16 or 215/50R17
Cargo area (VDA)435 L


Curb weight1,490-1,520
Capacity5 passenger
Gross vehicle weight1,765-1,795


TypeLi-ion battery
Capacity40 kWh


Electric motor 
Maximum output110 kW (150 ps)/3283~9795 rpm
Maximum torque320 N・m (32.6 kgf・m)/0~3283 rpm


Cruising range400 km (JC08)
Charging time (normal charging)16 hours (3 kW)
8 hours (6 kW)
Charging time from alert to 80% (quick charging)40 minutes

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