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2018 Nissan LEAF Revealed: Lower Price Point, Higher Driving Range

This week saw the reveal of the all-new 2018 Nissan LEAF at the Las Vegas Thomas & Mack Center. This iteration of the LEAF aims to be the world’s most affordable and best-selling electric vehicle. With the 2018 being the lowest-priced generation and the one with the best driving range, that goal doesn’t seem so far off. The 2018 LEAF boasts an all-new design intended to be more aerodynamic and more in line with Nissan’s signature design language. The starting price has been announced at $29,990*, which is almost $700 less than the current LEAF’s starting MSRP. And, of course, the driving range has been announced to be greater than the 2017 Nissan LEAF’s.

Says José Muñoz, Chief Performance Officer of Nissan Motor Co. and Chairman of Nissan North America,

“When we launched LEAF in 2010, it instantly became the most affordable, mass market EV in the world. We are not walking away from that proposition. The value equation for the new LEAF is even stronger than ever before – beginning with a starting MSRP under $30,000. That’s a lower price than the LEAF in market today and it includes more power, range and technology, all wrapped in a beautiful new exterior and interior design.”

The 2018 Nissan LEAF will be making its first public appearance at the National Drive Electric Week events which span eight U.S. cities. For the third year in a row, the Nissan LEAF is the event’s official sponsor. It definitely seems as though Nissan intends to be at the forefront of the electric vehicle push. The all-electric segment already includes competitors such as the Chevrolet Bolt, and with Volvo making promises about making their entire line-up electric or hybrid by 2019, we would be surprised if more manufacturers didn’t also jump on the bandwagon.

“We believe the new LEAF will be another game changer for Nissan in the U.S., just as the redesigned Rogue has been in the last year and a half, hitting the ‘sweet spot’ in the growing EV segment,” said Muñoz. “It takes everything we’ve learned from our loyal first-generation LEAF owners to the next level.” For those already in love with the Nissan LEAF, that’s spectacular news. And for those looking to get into the electric market without breaking the bank? It’s even better.

Look for the 2018 Nissan LEAF on AutoNation Nissan dealership lots come early 2018. In the meantime? Check out the 2017 Nissan LEAF to get a taste of what’s to come.

 

*MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.

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