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Spied: 2018 Nissan Leaf hits the road

Spied: 2018 Nissan Leaf hits the road image

Anton Andres / Carpix for AutoIndustriya.com | June 22, 2017 18:48

Nissan takes the next-gen Leaf out for a spin

Previewed several weeks ago, it appears that Nissan is putting the final tweaks to their EV (Electric Vehicle), the next-generation Leaf. The 2018 Nissan Leaf is slated to be launched by September of this year as the Renault-Nissan Alliance continues their march towards more hybrids and EVs.

The lone teaser photo of the upcoming Leaf showed a glimpse of its new headlight. It appears to be using a dual-projector design, with LED daytime running lights surrounding the projector housing. This design can also be seen on this particular test car. Overall, the all-new Leaf sports a more conventional hatchback design.

Spied: 2018 Nissan Leaf hits the road

At the front, we also see the brand's signature V-Motion grill, or at least, an interpretation of it since EVs don't have radiators. The front fascia also does away with the current model's pod-like design. It switches to a more aggressive look thanks to the aforementioned headlights and creases on the bumper. There also appears to be an attachment by the top of the front windshield. As to what will be the function of the said attachment is yet to be known.

Spied: 2018 Nissan Leaf hits the road

Over to its side, it appears that the 2018 Leaf is longer and retains the long overhang look. To retain its aerodynamic profile, the rood tapers down and merges with the integrated tailgate spoiler. Body lines are still well hidden, so is the final look of the windows. We do see a fixed quarter window at the front and a kicked-up C-pillar.

Spied: 2018 Nissan Leaf hits the road

Looking at the rear, the tail lights are significantly different from the ones found in the current model. The slim, pillar-mounted lights have been replaced by more angular-looking units. These lights are also stretched towards the rear quarter panel although there is some resemblance to the Juke. Also, the tailgate itself is more upright and a closer look also sees an integrated bumper diffuser.

Nissan claims that the next-gen Leaf will have stronger, longer lasting batteries to boost range. Our spies report that there will be least two different battery packs, with the highest capacity pack rated at 60 kWh with compatibility to 150 kW charging stations. With these updates it is likely that the range of the new Leaf will at least be double the current model’s 172 kilometer range. Once launched, the Leaf is set to compete with the likes of the Chevrolet Bolt and the upcoming Tesla Model 3.