Grainy images of the 2018 Nissan Leaf have been leaked online, reportedly by a Nissan staff. The images originated on the ‘2001yNB8C bluemiata’ Twitter account, which has since been removed by the user but archived at a separate location.
The user's Tweet claimed a “new type Leaf” and that it was captured at Nissan’s high-tech Oppama plant, where the Leaf will indeed be produced. Nissan has also teased the upcoming Leaf previously.
The leaked images come just under a month away from its official debut at the upcoming 2017 Tokyo International Motor Show next month.
First launched in 2011, the Nissan Leaf is the world’s best-selling electric vehicle (EV) – and has seen several updates throughout its life cycle, crucially offering two battery variants (a standard 24 kWh battery or a 30 kWh battery) since 2016.
The outgoing Nissan Leaf has a claimed driving range of 200 km New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) cycle, the all-new model is set to offer a claimed driving range in excess of 250 km. The Nissan Leaf will also notably pack a host of autonomous driving technology.
The images of the front fascia take after Nissan’s latest ‘V-Motion’ design language - with a prominent (V-shaped) grille trim flanked by sleek headlights. The car’s prominent shoulder line leads up towards sharp looking tail lights, reminiscent of the Nissan IDS Concept which also debuted at the Tokyo Motor Show in 2015.
The all-new Nissan Leaf is expected to reach showrooms in U.S. late in 2017, followed by introduction into the European market in 2018.