This is the all-new 2018 Nissan Leaf

Posted September 07, 2017

The second generation Leaf is due to go on sale in Japan in October. The king of electric vehicles is back with a new design and more smart features courtesy of Nissan Intelligent Mobility.

Nissan touts its ProPILOT Assist as a way of taking the stress out of steady state single lane driving by employing automatic adaptive cruise control, lane keeping and braking to reduce the driver's workload.

The worry for Nissan, however, is that "range anxiety" will dampen excitement over the new release. The new 2018 Nissan LEAF is here boasting a longer range, it comes with new styling and technology, and it costs less than the current 2017 model.

The new Leaf electric vehicle has a potential range of 400 kilometers (250 miles) between charges, compared with 250 kilometers for its previous version.

Range anxiety has been lessened by an increase in range to 235 miles on a single charge.

Competition in the electric vehicle market is rife and increasing as major automakers join specialised manufacturers to develop high-tech, low-emission cars.

Hiroto Saikawa, president and chief executive officer of Nissan Motor Co., explains the features of the new Leaf at the Makuhari Messe convention center in Chiba's Mihama Ward on September 6.

Nissan just recently has revealed its new 2018 Nissan LEAF electric auto having a latest drive technology. When it goes on sale next year in the USA, it will start at $29,990, before any federal or local tax incentives.

However, Nissan says the introduction of a one-pedal system - in which a single "e-Pedal" is used to start, accelerate, brake and stop the vehicle - will provide added efficiency gains.

Another element, which may-or may not-appeal to drivers, is the option of using Nissan's new e-Pedal with this Leaf.

When the Leaf with Australia is yet to be confirmed, but expect it to arrive late 2018.

The advanced technology impressed the Jalopnik writer, "including some semi-autonomous functionalities with its ProPilot system, where the vehicle can manage single-lane highway driving".

Nissan's chief performance officer, Jose Muñoz, said the company sought to upgrade the Leaf for 2018 in four key ways, "beginning with a starting MSRP under $30,000". Torque has been increased to 320Nm, resulting in improved acceleration.

The news here is, of course, the Leaf's power.

The car's interior is adorned with a 7-inch full-colour TFT touchscreen display featuring the new Safety Shield tech. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program and has been recognized annually by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year since 2010.