The gains will also come thanks to new battery pack options for the Leaf that will enable Nissan to sell it with a variety of specs, as Tesla does with its models.
Nissan would now look at driving quickly back and regaining lost ground with the new refreshed model.
Nissan neither confirmed nor denied the figures by email, saying only that pricing for the 2018 Leaf will be announced at a later date. Auto sales site Autobytel posted the doc and subsequently pulled it down, but not before Autoblogsnapped screenshots.
And while we're invested in aerodynamics when it comes to aftermarket modifications, hardcore versions and especially competition models, we have to understand that physics also plays a major part when it comes to improving range on electric cars.
Considering how much of the auto Nissan has already teased, figures are one of the last pieces of the puzzle.
Nissan has hyped-up the upcoming 2018 redesign, however, promising a better looking, more aerodynamic vehicle with an extended range to better position itself against the newcomers to the affordable EV space. The 2018 Nissan Leaf could start as low as $29,990 before any federal incentives, making it about $5,000 less expensive than its longer-range competitors.
So will the 2018 Nissan Leaf give the Tesla Model 3 a run for its money? The spec sheet doesn't provide an estimate for the car's range per charge, but it does list the size of the battery. Those batteries clock in at 60 kWh and 55 or 75 kWh, respectively. Considering the current Leaf is rated at just 107 miles on a charge and Nissan has been promising a 200-mile range for the new vehicle, the 40kWh battery may serve as a cheaper option compared to future variants that may be added. If the spec sheet proves accurate, the 2018 Nissan Leaf will be packing some decent power, with 147 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque. It will be Nissan's most advanced autonomous model on sale.
Tesla may be ruling the electric vehicle scene at the moment, but Nissan isn't willing to let it do so for long.