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Nissan has launched a number of teaser photographs of the all-new Leaf, which will probably be revealed early subsequent month. The automotive has been seen just about undisguised in quite a lot of latest spy images, sporting a glance that’s fairly completely different from the outgoing mannequin with a extra pronounced wedge form, slabbier sides and a sharper beak. And because the teaser picture exhibits, Nissan has revamped the outside with aerodynamic effectivity in thoughts, even decreasing the automotive for higher stability at freeway speeds.

Essentially the most talked-about side of the upcoming Leaf has been the vary, and up to date leaked paperwork (which first appeared on Autobytel earlier than being swiftly taken down, however not earlier than being seen by PushEVs) might have revealed some official specs.

The leaked specs present that the brand new Leaf will supply 147 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque, up from 107 hp and 187 lb-ft within the present mannequin, with a previously-reported battery capability of 40 kWh. If true, this can signify a stable enchancment over the present mannequin which has a 30 kWh battery, and in addition permits us to calculate an estimated vary for the brand new automotive: Roughly 143 miles primarily based on the 107-mile vary of the present mannequin with its 30 kWh battery, or as excessive as 165 miles primarily based on an earlier leak of its instrument cluster.

For sure, a variety of 143 miles might not be the dramatic leap that can make the outgoing Leaf appear out of date; this anticipated vary can be fairly removed from the 215-mile vary of the Tesla Mannequin three and the 238-mile vary of the Chevrolet Bolt, solely certainly one of which the Leaf will compete with immediately.

The brand new Leaf is predicted to characteristic a drastically completely different exterior design, as seen on this official picture.

Trade observers had predicted a 200+ mile vary for the brand new Leaf given battery enhancements and competitors, but it surely’s essential to reiterate that that is not an official determine; we do not know if Nissan can even supply a longer-range mannequin with an even bigger battery. A 60 kWh battery had been talked about in previous rumors in regards to the new Leaf, and it could nonetheless be revealed as an extra mannequin.

Leaked paperwork might have additionally revealed the pricing ladder for the S, SV and SL trim ranges of the Leaf beginning at $29,990, $32,490, and $36,200, respectively, earlier than any state or federal incentives and earlier than vacation spot prices. This means that the Leaf might not tackle the Bolt or the Mannequin three immediately, and should get away with a a lot decrease vary.

The 2018 Leaf can be anticipated to supply a semi-autonomous driver help system referred to as ProPilot, which is predicted to supply autonomous steering, acceleration and braking inside a single lane on the interstate, driving situations allowing. This method’s particulars haven’t been specified right now, however it’s anticipated to be upgradeable through updates that can unlock new capabilities after they’re prepared, as with Tesla’s Autopilot.

The official debut of the Leaf on Sept. 6 of this 12 months — lower than a month away — will reply the query of an EPA-rated vary definitively along with revealing different essential options of the all-new mannequin.

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