Will it stack up better against the competition in second-gen form?

The bubbly and funky, first-generation Nissan Leaf is on its way out to make way for the second-gen model that promises to bring largely improved exterior looks, as much as 200 miles of range on a single charge, and an improved interior. Of course, we’ve only seen spy shots and a few teasers that go with a number of rumors that have been floating around. So far, we’ve seen two teaser photos – one of a wildly revamped headlight that is about as modern as it gets, and one of an all-new instrument cluster. Furthermore, we know that it will come with Nissan’s ProPilot system, which should be able to handle at least stop-and-go traffic on the highway. Now, Nissan has taken to Twitter to expose us to a third teaser, one that shows off the next-gen’s new “grille,” which really looks more like a piece of abstract art than it does an according-to-Hoyle grille. But, this baby is all-electric, so there’s really no need for anything traditional, right?

On top of this, Nissan has also announced that the new Leaf will make its debut on September 6, 2017, which means the order books should open shortly thereafter since it is coming to market for 2018. Its primary competition will be the Tesla Model 3 and the Chevy Bolt EV, with pricing likely to start in the mid-to-low $30,000 range. So, with that said, let’s take a quick look at the newest teaser along with the two that came before it to see just what the new Leaf is going to be working with.

Nissan Could Have a Winner Here

2018 Nissan Leaf Grille Teased - Set to Debut on September 6th High Resolution Exterior
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2018 Nissan Leaf Grille Teased - Set to Debut on September 6th High Resolution Exterior
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2018 Nissan Leaf Grille Teased - Set to Debut on September 6th Exterior Spyshots
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Nissan Leaf is shaping up to be one good looking little hatchback

As you can see, we can’t make out a whole lot aside from that big, chrome Nissan emblem that’s likely right in the middle. It does have a 3D look to it that reminds of some weird abstract art. When you pair that with the headlight above and imagine it on the vehicle shown off in the most recent spy shots, the Nissan Leaf is shaping up to be one good looking little hatchback. And, that’s a good thing. After all, with the first-gen model being the world’s best-selling, highway-capable electric car – breaking the 250,000 sales mark in its lifetime – the second-gen model has some big shoes to fill. Plus, if Nissan doesn’t come correct with an appropriate range and acceptable charging time, it could find itself in trouble. I think Nissan knows better at this point, as the competition is strong as can be, even in such a small niche.

So, what do you guys think of the new Leaf so far? Think you’d be willing to give up your gas drinker to go for the revamped electric hatchback? It’s a tough call, no doubt, but at least it’ll be stylish and competitive in the market. Let us know what you think in the comments section below.

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