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2018 Nissan Leaf: See The Changes Side-By-Side

motor1.com logomotor1.com 2017-09-06 Anthony Herta
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With more electric vehicles on the road, the Nissan Leaf now faces some stiffer competition in the long-range EV market – i.e. the Chevrolet Bolt and the Tesla Model 3. The new 2018 Nissan Leaf seeks to be more competitive with a slew of driver assistant technologies, increased range, and a sportier and tech-forward design. Let’s take a look at just how differently the new Leaf performs, and how it looks inside and out, compared to its predecessor.

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Specs:

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2017 Nissan Leaf2018 Nissan Leaf
Electric Range172 kilometres241 kilometres
Base Price$33,998 $35,998
Battery Capacity30 kilowatt hours40 kilowatt hours
Horsepower107 horsepower147 horsepower
Torque187 lb-ft236 lb-ft
Wheelbase2,700 millimetres2,700 millimetres
Length4,445 millimetres4,481 millimetres
Gross Vehicle Weight2,010 kilograms2,020 kilograms

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Front: 

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The new Leaf looks far angrier than its more easy-going predecessor. Replacing the big round headlights are angular projector-beam units that employ “dual, direct lens low and high beams,” complemented with LED accent lights. The Leaf also has a more traditional V-shape grill evocative of other Nissan vehicles, with a clear-blue 3D mesh pattern to establish its EV status in the lineup. The hood also has some steep creases to give the new Leaf a far sportier look.

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The charge port is also bent 45-degrees to allow easier access for the charging cable.

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Profile:

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A “floating roof” design element helps the new Leaf come closer in line with other vehicles in the Nissan portfolio. Angular character lines and stylized side sills give it a more planted look. In some configurations, the Leaf can be had with a contrasting blue colour on the roof and side mirrors. New “clear-cut curve and aero-design wheels” also help reduce drag. With the bolder character lines, the profile has a sleeker and more tech-forward appearance.

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Learn more about the new Leaf:

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2018 Nissan Leaf Packs More Range, Tech, Into Sleeker Shape

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Next-Gen Nissan Leaf To Get New E-Pedal Technology

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Rear: 

Replacing the long and skinny taillights are new “boomerang” units that look like ones found on the Nissan Murano and 370Z. A new integrated rear spoiler sits on top of the hatch and is blacked out along with elements below the rear window, similar to the BMW i3. The underfloor and diffuser-type bumper not only help the Leaf look more aggressive, but also reduce overall drag.

Inside:

Unlike the exterior, the interior design isn’t a far departure from the last-gen Leaf. Familiar elements like the circular shifter with blue accents, and climate controls remain. New elements include a seven-inch centre touchscreen, flat-bottom steering wheel, blue stitching on the seats, instrument panel and steering wheel, different materials to create a more upscale feel, and matte grey and black accents throughout the cabin. In front of the driver, there’s a new analog speedometer paired with a multi-information digital display. A different cupholder configuration also allows for storage of a smart phone conveniently next to a 12-volt power outlet and USB port.

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