2018 Nissan Leaf Snapped Undisguised During Promo Shoot

The second-generation, 2018 Nissan Leaf has been snapped completely undisguised for the very first ahead of its reveal in Tokyo on September 6.

The images, captured by Broom from the streets of Spain, highlight the radical new exterior design that was first previewed by a number of thinly-disguised prototypes. The design of the new Leaf is so different and so much better than the original that it’d be a disservice to compare it to its predecessor.

Underscoring the new design are appealing new front and rear fascias and a short rear overhang. Making this particular 2018 Leaf look even more appealing is the gloss black roof breaking up the white paint scheme and making it feel slightly more premium.

While the design of the 2018 Leaf will sell some units, it won’t be all of the selling, that should be done by the new powertrain. The latest reports have indicated that the entry-level Leaf may have a 40 kWh lithium-ion battery while a 60 kWh option could provide a range of up to 340 miles (547 km), 30 miles further than the Model 3 Long Range.

Prices have yet to be announced but to rival the Tesla Model 3 and Chevrolet Bolt, expect a starting figure between $35,000 and $38,000 before incentives.

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  • Kannag Don Amenra

    I’m enjoying the electrification of cars but I believe ICEs will also
    exist in enthusiast cars, like mechanical watches and smart watches
    sharing space. Exciting decade ahead for car lovers. Check out the Vanda Dendrobium by Williams

    • LJ

      The trick will be integrating autonomous cars with human controlled ones.

      • BlackPegasus

        Autonomous technology won’t reach its full potential until it’s paired with ‘smart infrastructure’ and little to no human factors to account for. This means autonomous cars talking to each other while also communicating with traffic lights and other real time road conditions.

        • LJ

          Right, I get all of that. That’s decades down the road though.

          • BlackPegasus

            It doesn’t have to be decades down the road. It will require a forward thinking city to help initiate such a bold change. I would like to see a city or state [in partnership with developers] designate an area of land to become the first fully autonomous smart city. Build roads, intersections and pedestrian spaces with the sole purpose of automation in mind. Human driven cars would be banned in this small town with only a few exceptions.

  • Vassilis

    Wow that looks good.

  • Howstar

    Side profile actually looks pretty good, rather than the previous jelly mould

  • YUDHA BAGASKARA

    looks like modern lancia delta

  • OdysseyTag

    Definitely an improvement, see a bit of Pulsar in it even.

  • Knotmyrealname

    I’m wrong. I thought piano black on cars would’ve died a death around 2005. Alive and kicking it seems.

    • I’mCallingYouOut

      Hi wrong, I’m dad! (I had to)

      • Knotmyrealname

        O………K………
        I guess?

        • Jason Miller

          Joke went right over your head.

          • Knotmyrealname

            Yep. Never mind….

  • GTR nismo

    It looks so much better than old model

  • Bash

    Floating roof, looks nice.

    • Legionario007

      not floating. Blacked out. 😉

  • Auto

    That’s pretty nice. Oh… but it still has the floating roof like other Nissans.

    • Legionario007

      Floating roof is when they black out the pillars only. This is ALL blacked out.

  • U8INIT

    Oh this will sell well…can’t wait to see real pics….nicely done Nissan

  • Honda NSX-R

    Looks like a normal car now, thankfully they didn’t hit it with the ugly stick.

  • Infinite1

    Looks good

  • THE USUAL NISSAN DESIGN CUES.

  • eb110americana

    The Leaf will not have a 340 mi range. There is no way that a 60 kWh pack is going that far. Yeah, maybe in some Euro test where it’s hypermiled in optimal conditions downhill with a tailwind, but not in the real world. The Bolt goes 238 mi on that same 60 kWh. I believe the standard Model 3 has around 60 kWh and it does about 220 mi.

  • trentbg

    At least they fixed the stupid front from the old one.

  • SteersUright

    looks much improved

  • I want one

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