2018 Nissan Leaf Specs Leaked

Some details that probably weren't supposed to be published were found hiding in plain sight.

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Nissan has been slowly giving us features, images, and teasers of what we can expect in the all-new 2018 Nissan Leaf. While the new tech coming to Nissan’s EV is exciting, what we really want to know is the specs.

Thanks to a since-removed configurator for the 2018 Leaf published on Autobytel, we have the numbers we’ve been waiting for a month early. According to screencaps of the configurator captured by the folks at Inside EVs and PushEVs.com, the 110 kW electric engine in the new Leaf will generate 147 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque. Those are fairly significant improvements over the current model which makes 107 horsepower and 187 lb-ft of twist.

The same trims currently offered of the budget S, mid-range SV, and fancy SL will carry over to the new Leaf, presumably all with new standard equipment. There’s a modest price cut in the S trim from $30,680 down to $29,990. The SV will start at $32,490 and the range-topping SL will start at $36,200, which is still less than the cheapest Chevy Bolt. These prices are all before incentives, so expect Nissan to heavily advertise the fact that you can get a Leaf for under $30,000 before incentives.

What we still don’t know for sure is range. What we do know is the standard battery in the 2018 Leaf will have a 40 kWh capacity and a larger battery offering better range will be available. Inside EVs speculates the range on the 40 kWh battery could be as high as 165 miles and PushEVs.com thinks the bigger battery could hit the magic number of 200 miles.

With federal incentives set to expire in the near future, we’re impressed that Nissan got the starting price of their high-tech new EV below $30,000. It might not be able to hold the title of best selling EV for much longer, but it looks like Nissan is doing a good job keeping the Leaf competitive in an increasingly competitive segment.