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Nissan Leaf Details Leak Ahead of its Debut

09 August 2017, 11:32 | Cameron Gross

2018 Nissan LEAF appears in Japanese TV advert

2018 Nissan LEAF Dynamic Design teased with new photo of Nissan's new electric bedrock

That means the Leaf should start at $5,000 less than the least-expensive Tesla Model 3 (although early examples of that auto will be significantly more expensive) and almost $7,000 less expensive than the Chevrolet Bolt. Just recently, auto website Autobytel released some pertinent data on the 2018 Nissan Leaf, featuring most of the specifics of the upcoming vehicle.

Nissan would now look at driving quickly back and regaining lost ground with the new refreshed model.

A leader in this decade's electric vehicle push, the Nissan Leaf has been left behind by newer models with bigger batteries and more exciting designs.

The 2018 Leaf's purported 147 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque are also well-below the specs of its competitors, which means the vehicle will also fall behind in acceleration and top speed measures, too.

The most expensive version of the 2018 Leaf, meanwhile, will only reach $36,200 according to the leak, so buyers will likely avoid the sticker shock that comes with the Model 3's $44,000 configuration now rolling off Tesla's production lines.

Autobytel is the first reputable source to unveil the price and specs of the Nissan Leaf 2018.

Of course, the validity of the 2018 Leaf's leaked specs remains unconfirmed. If you want the whole kit and caboodle, including Nissan's new ProPilot semi-autonomous lane-holding system, it'll allegedly run you $38,795. The boost in range over the outgoing Leaf will come not just from the improved hardware, but also thanks to a more aerodynamic body. The $35,000 entry-level Tesla Model 3 promises a range of 220 miles on a single charge. Tesla hasn't confirmed the numbers for the Model 3 as yet but previous reports suggest that it will tout 258 horsepower.

So will the 2018 Nissan Leaf give the Tesla Model 3 a run for its money?

For those willing to dish out an additional $5,000, however, the Tesla Model 3, with its higher performance, range and sleek design, still offers an huge amount of value.

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