For the first time, the 2018 Nissan Leaf was seen in public without camouflage. The spy shots were taken in Barcelona, Spain from a hotel window and published by the Norwegian TV 2.
While the 2018 Nissan Leaf is more a facelift than a new generation, it’s undeniably now a better looking car and whether we like it or not, looks do matter and sell.
Furthermore, the better range, faster charging, more usable trunk space and modern safety features – provided by the ProPILOT system -, will also help sales. It took five years for Nissan to sell 200.000 Leaf units across the world. How long will it take to sell the same amount of the new improved model?
Considering that Tesla plans to build 20.000 Model 3 a month already by December this year, Nissan with the 2018 Leaf and GM with the Chevrolet Bolt EV will have to be content with disputing the second place for the best selling BEV. Not to forget that Hyundai, Kia and Renault will also dispute the runner-up positions.
Since the 2018 Nissan Leaf will give you good value for the money and be available worldwide, I think it won’t take long after its launch to become the second best selling BEV, only behind the Tesla Model 3.
As much as I like the Chevrolet Bolt EV/Opel Ampera-e, I always see it as a 15.000 € car that costs 40.000 € only because it’s electric and its manufacturer doesn’t want it to succeed. The 2018 Nissan Leaf will be much cheaper and offer better value for the money, especially if it charges faster at DC fast chargers and AC EVSEs, range might not be that important.
What do you think? What do you expect to be the 2018 Nissan Leaf’s major improvements when compared to the outgoing model?