The next-generation Nissan Leaf EV will make its debut this year.
Expected to be unveiled at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show, the 2018 Nissan Leaf looks to build on the success of the first-generation model. While spy photographers have caught a prototype testing, giving us a good idea of what to expect, the Japanese automaker has begun releasing bits of information on what will make the second-generation Leaf special in what will likely become a very competitive segment in the coming years.
For starters, Nissan has released a short video showing off the ProPILOT Assist features that will be on the 2018 Nissan Leaf. These are semi-autonomous driving features that will enable the car to drive itself on highways with the push of a button, controlling the steering, acceleration, and braking. Like many other automakers, Nissan is working hard to develop fully autonomous cars that can drive themselves.
In terms of its design, the next-generation Nissan Leaf has a front end more in line with the rest of Nissan’s lineup and it will retain its hatchback body style. It appears it will be heavily influenced by the Nissan IDS Concept, as expected, but its range is still unknown. A maximum driving range of around 210 to 220 miles is expected.
The Nissan Leaf was launched as the world’s first mass-market electric vehicle and since then, it continues to soldier on as the world’s best-selling electric vehicle with over 270,000 units sold worldwide. The Japanese automaker looks to build on that success as more automakers enter the EV segment and the cost of electric vehicles drop.
Look for more information once the 2018 Nissan Leaf makes its debut later this year.
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