As more EVs hit the market with greater driving range, Nissan gradually boosted the 2018 Nissan Leaf’s abilities. This year, Nissan has renovated the Leaf inside and out, included more power, and, critically, increased the battery size to 40.0 kWh on every model.
2018 Nissan Leaf Design and Price
Driving range is up huge time. The 2018 Leaf is expected to provide an EPA-rated range of 150 miles per charge. Nissan says that lands the 2018 Nissan Leaf in a sweet place between alleged compliance EVs—low-cost electrics with relatively limited range that manufacturers generate to meet certain regulations—and Chevrolet’s Bolt EV and Tesla’s Model 3, both of which offer greater than 200 miles of range but at a higher cost. Among the compliance cars, which include the Ford Focus Electrical, the Hyundai Ioniq Electrical, and the Kia Soul EV, the Volkswagen e-Golf’s 125-mile range comes best to the Leaf’s. And, for 2019, there’s a Leaf+ model coming with a 60.0-kWh bunch and a range above 200 miles.
The mid-level SV sells for $33,375 and replaces the S’s 5.0-inch touchscreen with a 7.0-inch edition with navigation, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay; it also brings piano-black interior trim, a leather-wrapped controls, and 17-inch aluminum wheels. The top-dog, $37,085 2018 Nissan Leaf SL brings goodies such as a Bose speakers, LED headlights, a heated controls and hot front chairs, leather, rear HVAC ducting, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic attentive, and a surround-view camera system.
2018 Nissan Leaf Exterior
A lower price and more equipment are great, but the rest of the changes Nissan made to the 2018 Nissan Leaf are worthy of equal, or even more, attention. The compact electric hatchback is greater than the original in every way, despite reusing their predecessor’s platform. The battery’s greater capacity is extracted from more energy-dense cells that fit in the same underfloor volume as the previous-generation Leaf’s 30.0-kWh bunch, preserving interior space. Crash-test requirements that didn’t occur when the first Leaf went on sale seven years ago determined some high-strength material be combined into the front structure; those and different stiffening procedures increase the Leaf’s actual and perceived solidity. And the new bodywork abandons the old Leaf’s amorphous-blob look for a more mature, popular appearance with blacked-out C-pillars and a “floating” top design.
Getting the new 2018 Nissan Leaf up to those speeds is a somewhat faster affair thanks to their updated electrical motor. The otherwise carryover motor gains a new inverter, bringing increases of 40 power and 49 lb-ft of torque, for new totals of 147 and 236. Just how much zippier the 2018 Leaf is will be established once we get one on the test track. As before, the motor makes a mild whirring sound, and at rates below 18 mph the Leaf emits a Jetsonian electric tone outwardly to attentive pedestrians of its otherwise-silent presence.
2018 Nissan Leaf Interior
Like the Bolt, the new 2018 Nissan Leaf features a “one-pedal” driving mode where people can bring the car to a complete halt using only the engine-braking influence of the electric motor—without pressing the brake pedal. Dubbed e-Pedal, this driver-selectable one-pedal feature can gradual the Leaf to various degrees relying on the accelerator pedal’s angle. For instance, from a cruise, lessening your pedal insight starts slowing the Leaf. Getting your base off the accelerator totally triggers a gradual progression to a peak of 0.20 g of deceleration as more speed is scrubbed.
Cleverly, e-Pedal combinations in the friction brakes immediately on the top of the electric motor’s opposition, both to put on the 2018 Nissan Leaf stationary once ended (on up to a 30 percent grade) and when the battery is full and unable to accept more cost from the motor’s energy recuperation (the source of the engine-braking-type drag) when decelerating. That assures regular e-Pedal slowing number matter the battery’s state of charge, and it brings number energy from the motor to keep the car still. The e-Pedal’s speed-dependent stopping power takes some getting used to before it’s possible to effortlessly time when to begin lifting off the accelerator to, say, stop at an upcoming intersection from different speeds. On the upside, their escalation in braking force is far simpler than the Bolt’s all-or-nothing one-pedal slowing.
2018 Nissan Leaf Engine
Require more tech? Nissan offers their ProPilot Guide radar-based adaptive cruise control and camera-based, self-steering lane-keeping support function (in addition to lane-departure warning). It’s accessible on the mid-level 2018 Nissan Leaf SV and top-shelf SL trim levels.
When activated via a steering-wheel switch, ProPilot can effectively bring the 2018 Nissan Leaf to a complete stop (and accelerate again, provided the stop lasts fewer than three seconds), adjust the car’s pace to fit traffic ahead, and guide between street markings. Nissan insists, but, that ProPilot is a driver assistance, not a self-driving system. Get both hands off the wheel for lengthier than a few minutes, and the Leaf flashes aesthetic alerts in the gauge bunch and looks increasingly urgent alarms.