The new Nissan Leaf model was expected to arrive this year, however, a picture of the next-generation all-electric compact hatchback was lately noticed for the first time, giving automobile lovers a sneak peek at what's to come. The first-generation leaf was launched back in 2010 so it is definitely due for an upgrade.

It was revealed that  IDS concept was used to engineer the 2018 Nissan leaf, an autonomous automobile introduced in 2015, and Nissan's supermini, the Micra. The former is seen within the new Nissan leaf's bonnet and headlights whilst the Micra's effect on is seen within the front fascia's V-Motion grille and lower bumper. The picture also shows that the second-generation electric car will maintain some features of its predecessor reported Motor1.

Apart from modifications in the design, the 2018 Nissan Leaf is also anticipated to have upgraded batteries to fit the range provided by competitors such as the Chevrolet Bolt, Tesla model 3 and Hyundai Ioniq electric vehicle.

The latest Nissan leaf is powered by a 30-KWh battery that translates to 107 miles of electric driving range. That is already considered a bit low as compared with the bolt's 238 miles, the model 3's 215 miles and the Ioniq's 124 miles.

According to Green Car Reports, Nissan is said to be equipping the new 2018 Leaf with 40-KWh and 60-KWh lithium-ion battery options for an EPA-rated range of about 140 and 220 miles, respectively. Making use of more dense batteries may also result in a model with a 300-mile range.

Nissan is anticipated to provide numerous options to meet the desires and budgets of different sorts of buyers. Moreover, the automaker additionally announced on the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) earlier this year that the next-generation Leaf will function ProPilot autonomous driving technology.

The 2018 Nissan Leaf will debut sometime in September earlier before arriving at dealer shops later this year. Meanwhile, more information about the forthcoming all-electric hatchback is expected to arrive closer to its official release.