The Nissan Leaf is set to take on an entire make over and get a completely new powertrain with extra range for 2018. As a result, we expect no significant changes when the 2019 LEAF rolls around.
2019 Nissan LEAF Design
The LEAF handles a whole new look for 2018. This redesign takes it from a somewhat hugely styled electrical hatchback to a more toned-down, mainstream appearance. While these brand-new duds might still not be up to par for some buyers, they absolutely make it more palatable. We expect its look, inside and out, to remain totally the same in the 2019 LEAF.
Without any changes expected, we expect the standard features in the 2019 LEAF remaining the exact same too. While full information on the existing LEAF’s standard devices is not offered yet, we do understand it comes with an “e-pedal”– a single-pedal driving feature– and automated emergency braking.
2019 Nissan LEAF Engine
Under its hood, the LEAF made substantial strides for 2018, getting a new electrical 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 offers the brand-new LEAF a variety of approximately 150 miles.
While this is a big improvement over the last-gen LEAF, it falls well short of the 2017 Chevy Bolt EV’s 238-mile variety. This need to all remain the very same in 2018, but there are reports of an extended-range LEAF being available in the near future to much better match up against the Bolt EV.
2019 Nissan LEAF Safety
While crash test outcomes are not readily available for the new-generation LEAF right now, we do understand that its basic automated emergency braking is a substantial action in earning it the IIHS Top Safety Pick classification. If it can manage “Good” results in the crash tests and a minimum of an “Acceptable” rating in the headlight test, it could even earn a Top Safety Pick+ designation.
2019 Nissan LEAF Pricing and Release Date
There is no information on when the 2019 LEAF will hit display rooms, however it’ll likely be sometime later on in 2018. With no changes in the works, we anticipate pricing for the 2019 Nissan LEAF to stay close the 2018 model’s range, which is $30,875 to $37,085. Competitors for the LEAF consists of the Chevrolet Bolt EV, the Ford Focus Electric, and the Tesla Model 3.