The Nissan Leaf is set to take on an entire make over and get a completely brand-new powertrain with extra range for 2018. As an outcome, we expect no significant changes when the 2019 LEAF rolls around.
The LEAF takes on an entire makeover for 2018. This redesign takes it from a rather wildly styled electric hatchback to a more toned-down, mainstream look. While these brand-new duds may still not be up to par for some purchasers, they certainly make it more palatable. We expect its appearance, inside and out, to stay completely the same in the 2019 LEAF.
Without any changes expected, we anticipate the standard features in the 2019 LEAF remaining the same too. While full information on the present LEAF’s standard equipment is not readily available yet, we do understand it features an “e-pedal”– a single-pedal driving function– and automated emergency situation braking.
Under its hood, the LEAF made huge strides for 2018, gaining a brand-new electric motor that cranks out 147 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque. This electrical powertrain is fed by a 40-kWh lithium-ion battery that provides the brand-new LEAF a range of approximately 150 miles.
While this is a huge improvement over the last-gen LEAF, it falls well except the 2017 Chevy Bolt EV’s 238-mile range. This must all remain the very same in 2018, however there are reports of an extended-range LEAF coming in the future to better match up against the Bolt EV.
While crash test results are not available for the new-generation LEAF just yet, we do know that its standard automated emergency braking is a huge action in earning it the IIHS Top Safety Pick classification. If it can manage “Good” lead to the crash tests and a minimum of an “Acceptable” score in the headlight test, it might even make a Top Safety Pick+ designation.
There is no info on when the 2019 LEAF will hit showrooms, however it’ll likely be at some point later in 2018. With no modifications in the works, we anticipate pricing for the 2019 Nissan LEAF to stay close the 2018 design’s range, which is $30,875 to $37,085. Competition for the LEAF consists of the Chevrolet Bolt EV, the Ford Focus Electric, and the Tesla Model 3.