Next-Generation Nissan LEAF Coming in 2018

next-generation Nissan LEAF

The all-electric Nissan LEAF made its debut in the United States in December of 2010. Since then, many Americans have realized the benefits of electric cars, most notably saving money on fuel. Now that the LEAF is more than five years old, it is in the process of getting a redesign.

A heavily-camouflaged LEAF was spotted recently in Germany and by the looks of things, the new model will have a more modern design that will take on the V-Motion styling present in much of the Nissan lineup. One of the most notable changes seen in the spy photos is the seemingly larger trunk area with a raised trunk line.

In addition to a new design inside and out, the next-generation Nissan LEAF is expected to incorporate a new 60 kWh battery pack. When fully charged, this should give it a driving range of at least 200 miles. The current range of the 2017 LEAF is an EPA-estimated 107 miles* with its 30 kWh lithium-ion battery.

The updated model is expected to make its official debut this September and go on sale by the end of the year as a 2018 model right here at Santa Cruz Nissan. Want to give electric driving a try before then? Come check out the current Nissan LEAF and take it out for a test drive.

*EPA estimate only. Actual driving range may vary.

Nissan Devises Desert Camel Power Formula

Desert Camel Power
Desert camel power measures how well a vehicle can thrive in sandy, tough conditions, sort of the way that camels can survive in places that horses cannot.

Turns out, the word “horsepower” actually does have its origins in, well, horses. It’s a metric measurement that compares the power of a draft horse to the output of a steam engine. Nifty, huh? However, these days, cars have more and more horsepower, but are lacking in another area – what Nissan is now calling “desert camel power.” Desert camel power measures how well a vehicle can thrive in sandy, tough conditions, sort of the way that camels can survive in places that horses cannot.

Nissan accomplishes the creation of camel power by comparing the power of a vehicle to the capabilities of a camel, and they did this by having a rider on a camel run up a graded dune, followed by a small caravan of four different vehicles. Experts tracked the capability of the single camel with a computerized formula that measured its power, then applied the formula to the vehicles. The vehicle out of the four that performed best in terms of camel power was the Nissan Patrol with its available V8 engine under the hood, which delivers 213 camel power.

Will desert camel power become a widely-used measurement all over the world? Probably not. But Nissan plans on utilizing the number in its Middle Eastern marketing campaigns. Right here in the USA at Santa Cruz Nissan, we don’t have to worry so much about the ability to drive over sand dunes, but the trek to the desert isn’t that far if you want to try!