2018 Nissan Leaf will reportedly get toned down hood and less prominent rear end; to have increased electric driving range
The upcoming Nissan Leaf will be in its second generation and is rumoured to be discarding some of its key design elements from the original version. The five-door battery powered hatchback will look distinctive resultantly compared to the existing Leaf and it could get a good reception among customers due to its rather conventional appearance.
The sloped hood in the first-gen global electric vehicle has been toned down by a considerable margin while the rear fascia is rather less prominent on the forthcoming version expected to make world premiere sometime later this year. With Nissan trying to expand the reach of the Leaf further, the interior will also get several new elements as well.
The first-generation Leaf has a cabin with information being let-known to the drivers or occupants in three sections. One is at the central stack and the other two at the dashboard. However, the new electric hatchback gains a touchscreen infotainment screen with navigation on the centre stack while the driver info can be seen from the display behind the steering wheel.
Moreover, the gear shifter is reportedly easy to deal with and has been redesigned for better convenience. Recent spy shots did not give away whether the charging port has been relocated or not. It currently sits above the front grille distinctively. Nissan will definitely be improving the driving range as well on a single charge.
In order to face the competition from the upcoming Tesla Model 3 and the Chevrolet Bolt, the battery pack could be revised to return a range far more than 360 kilometres. Nissan could be offering the new Leaf in different battery options and price levels to address a wider band of customers. It has already been confirmed to have ProPILOT Assistant that enables active techs on the electric motor, with a certain degree of driver assistance, steering and brakes.