2018 Nissan Leaf: Better looks, sharper pricing, middling range

The second generation Nissan Leaf has better looks, undercuts the Model 3 and Bolt, and improved but still less impressive range.

The Leaf has an electric motor with 110kW (148hp) and 320Nm (236 lb-ft). A larger 40kWh battery has an EPA range of 150mi (241km) and a JC08 range of 400km (249mi).

Available technologies include ProPilot autonomous driving within a single highway lane, ProPilot Park which can completely automated park the car, e-Pedal for single pedal driving, and a 7-inch infotainment screen.

The Leaf goes on sale in Japan on October 2, 2017 from 3,150,360 (US$28,700). The new Leaf goes on sale in Europe, Canada and the US from January 2018.

In the US, the second generation Leaf starts at US$29,990, US$700 less than the 2017 Leaf.

The new Leaf will be built in Japan (Oppama), the USA (Smyrna, Tennessee), and the UK (Sunderland).

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Joshua Thompson

Joshua Thompson

News editor — Joshua deals with numbers for a living, but cars are his lifelong passion. He loves all, from his dream Stingray through to his first car, a Mercury Tracer.