The upcoming 2018 Nissan Leaf has made its preliminary debut with the released of the official teaser photo prior to its grand launch at the upcoming 2017 Tokyo Motor Show. The new Leaf is aimed to lead the EV market.
Nissan has begun its campaign for the promotion of the upcoming 2018 Nissan Leaf. The teaser reveals the new family hatchback has taken inspiration from the new Micra.
The teaser photo shows a heavily camouflaged prototype of the new Leaf. However, the new hatch is expected to take on the brand's 2015 IDS Concept integrated with the design path of the new Micra.
Looking at the teaser photo, it can be noticed that the upcoming 2018 Nissan Leaf will have a unique, stretched-back LED headlights. The design can be compared to have some similarities with the Nissan Micra but with the addition design details on the lens.
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From the back, the new Leaf also hides a majority of the details. However, it can be noticed that there is a new horizontal taillight on the new hatch.
In a previous interview with AutoExpress, Shiro Nakamura, Nissan's senior vice president and chief creative officer, revealed that the company intends to have a complete revision on the design of the Leaf by the end of the decade. Shiro Nakamura further teased that they are prepared to improve the range, claiming the "250km is not the maximum."
It appears that Nissan is ready to compete with the 500km range that rivals Tesla and Audi have already delivered. Nissan's bosses have detailed that developing such range will not be a technical concern, but it will be the cost that will be a major concern.
If such is the case, it is expected that Nissan will opt to reduce the cost and increase the density of the batter for the upcoming Leaf. Hence, it is also expected that the new hatch will most likely perform a 300-mile range at the least.
Furthermore, Nakamura teased that they are aiming to make the new Leaf as the major player in the future market for EV. The senior vice president confidently bragged that they will expand all options to the best of their abilities to develop new batteries and design for EVs.