Big changes for the world's favourite EV

Nissan will reveal the all-new second-generation Leaf electric car in a huge global event in Tokyo on 6 September. Ahead of that, the firm has promised to reveal teasers of the new vehicle, which will replace the innovative British-built original that's just clocked up 20,000 sales in the UK

We can't wait that long, though – and this week, our spy photographers have come up trumps with some revealing shots of the all-new Leaf... both outside and in. Externally, it's clear the new Leaf is to get a much sharper and more distinctive look than the rather blobby current car. Nissan showed off a radical concept car, the IDS Concept, at the Tokyo Motor Show a few years ago: the Leaf looks like it's taking some of that car's inspiration through to production. 

2018 Nissan Leaf spy photos
2018 Nissan Leaf spy photos

Features such as the jewel-like headlamps have already been teased by Nissan, but our eyes are drawn to the sharp-edged grille, creased body sides, stand-proud rear lights and generally less oddball profile of the new Leaf. As the current one is already the world's best-selling EV, this bodes well for the new one.

Particularly as it looks like it's to get a much nicer and more sophisticated interior. Wearing little disguise, our spy shots show a modern dash very much in the style of the popular Nissan Qashqai crossover, with a prominent central touchscreen and all-digital dial pack. Levels of fit and finish appear to have taken a big step forward, yet some features of the original still remain, albeit modernised: see the spaceball-style central controller for evidence of that.

2018 Nissan Leaf spy photos

Whether we'll see any more revealing spyshots than these ahead of the new Leaf's September reveal remains to be seen; they're perhaps already enough to have rival brand sitting up and taking note. Following its debut, the all-new Leaf should be on sale by early 2018, with a standard model expected to have a range of around 150 miles, with a pricier 60kWh version taking this well over 200 miles.  

Has Nissan already secured best-selling EV stats for the next few years? On this evidence, it's in with a very good shot...

Source: Automedia, InsideEVs

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