2018 Nissan Leaf Reveals Its Form In Florida

As Nissan prepares the 2018 Leaf for its premiere on September 6, a reader over at Inside EVs recently stumbled upon two prototypes in Orlando, Florida.

Compared to the Leaf currently available, the second-generation car looks much more appealing and as we mentioned last month, bares a striking resemblance to Nissan’s 2016 IDS Concept.

Up front, the Leaf adopts a short overhang and a steeply angled hood that reaches down to a redesigned grille. Additionally, there are sharp new headlights while the sides are dominated by an obvious body line that starts on the rear doors and moves above the rear wheel arches before tapering off at the base of the taillights.

Interestingly, the Inside EVs reader who snapped these images claims that the new Leaf looks bigger than the current car and that its wheelbase could be between 10 and 12 inches longer. If that’s the case, it will be significantly larger than the Chevrolet Bolt.

Current word suggests that Nissan will offer Leaf customers two different battery packs, the first of which will have a 40 kWh capacity while the range-topper will offer 60 kWh. This should be good enough for a range of up to 340 miles (547 km).

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  • Mind Synthetic

    ouch

  • KidRed

    Great, it’s got that stupid Nissan c-pillar- cut out. Sigh.

  • fabri99

    It doesn’t look bad to me.

  • Akira

    Can’t be worse than the current one.

    • James

      It could like like a Toyota Marai. That would be way worse!

  • Rocket

    Well how about that … a floating roof. How original!

    • no25

      Well, I mean Nissan is the one that made the floating roof take off as a trend with the Murano

      • Rocket

        Hopefully they’ll be the one to kill it, too. And soon.

  • Gullet

    I would say it’s a stretch to say it bares a striking resemblance with the IDS concept. However the nose job seems to be successful compared to the current model.

  • SteersUright

    Thats impressive range for how cheap the Lead is.

  • ninja6r

    yeah, 60kWh, there’s no way you’re getting 340 miles. Realistic EPA estimated range on that is 200-225. Real-world range is more likely 150-200 depending on terrain, outside temp, battery cooling, a/c, heating, speed, etc

  • Dudamus

    Looks sharp, very nice. My 2012SL will be an instant classic!

  • Dudamus

    I’m also glad to see they are testing the car in exceptionally warm climates this time. That was their fault last time.

  • Dudamus

    The tag looks like Minnesota, must be a long range test drive.

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