The redesigned 2018 Nissan Leaf electrical automotive seems able to compete with the likes of the Chevy Bolt and the Tesla Mannequin three. Whereas it won’t have a pile of pre-orders positioned lengthy earlier than anybody noticed a prototype, just like the Tesla Mannequin three, the Leaf does have sufficient vary to maintain up with the Tesla’s small EV, and you will be getting a completely examined automotive besides.
What’s coming with the second-generation Leaf? Listed below are our favourite key options:
Constructing on the outdated Leaf’s legacy of budget-minded electrification, the next-gen Leaf begins at $30,884. After all, that’s earlier than any form of tax incentives begin to hit your pocketbook. That undercuts the closest competitors: The Chevy Bolt begins at $37,496 — practically $8K greater than the brand new Nissan — although there is a motive for the value distinction …
The Bolt has an EPA-rated 238-mile vary, whereas the brand new Leaf has 150 miles of EPA-rated vary — up from 107 on the present Leaf. Nonetheless, that is sufficient vary to drive round through the day with out worrying about operating out of juice. Even in chilly climates, that needs to be sufficient vary throughout off months to deal with enterprise. A Leaf with extra vary is anticipated to be prepared for 2019.
Gallery: 2018 Nissan Leaf inside photographs
three. The e-Pedal change
Activating the regenerative braking — the place the automotive makes use of its personal momentum to generate electrical energy, slowing the car down within the course of — on the second-gen Leaf is as simple as flipping the e-Pedal change. The system advertises one-pedal driving, an indication of lively regenerative braking, and a ton of enjoyable if you get used to it. Just like the paddle on the again of the steering wheel on Chevrolet’s Bolt, the system is nice for managing your deceleration with simply the throttle, however the precise brake pedal is there to deal with issues if you happen to misjudge distances.
four. The Styling
The styling for the outdated Leaf left one thing to be desired — it was glossy however not precisely thrilling. The brand new Leaf won’t be a Jaguar F-Sort, however its extra aggressive look is welcome, and the Nissan company face mixed with blacked-out pillars seems good. The styling is extra aggressive than the Chevy Bolt, however not fairly as eye-catching as BMW’s I3.
5. Driver Aids
As EVs begin to normalize, driving aids widespread in common autos, like lane-keep help and adaptive cruise management, are beginning to turn into increasingly prevalent. Adaptive cruise and lane-keep help are coming to the redesigned Leaf, and will make it really feel extra upscale and high-tech. After all, we received’t know the way properly it really works till we get behind the wheel.
Search for extra on the brand new Nissan Leaf within the coming months as we get real-world seat time.