I test drove the '18 yesterday, unfortunately in rainy and high traffic conditions.
Reinforced my earlier impressions that it is a very well though-out major refresh of the 2011-2017 gen one LEAF.
IMO, the biggest improvement is in ride/handling, as it both felt
lighter and definitely had less body roll than my 2011.
More driver leg room solved the only ergonomic issue I've ever had in my 2011.
Only real disappointments were:
As usual, Nisan screwed up the presentation.
Driver was late, and no one answered the phone at the test drive HQ.
I was in Contra Costa, ~250 miles from home, wanted to beat the PM 680/80 east rush hour traffic, and was only a few minutes from reaching maximum level of aggravation and driving home, when the driver finally showed.
As to LEAF's
ProPilot had problems with the weather, making me take the wheel whenever drizzle increased to light rain.
It also apparently mistook reflections from wet longitudinal tar strips for road markings once or twice, giving erroneous lane departure warnings.
No GPS data altimeter? This is a must-have for mountain driving as far as I am concerned, so I'll need to get that data elsewhere.
Comments of note by the Nissan employee conducting the test drives.
0.6" less road clearance than 2011-17, a net positive, except those few like myself that take their LEAFs off-pavement frequently.
He seemed skeptical of my local Nissan dealer's estimate that the earliest date my 2018 order might get to the dealer, of late December, and suggested something closer to the latest possible date I was told (early February) was much more likely.
He also said that he was informed the available
capacity of the "40 kWh" pack was ~36.3 kWh, which would be good news, if it turns out to be correct.
That could suggest an EPA range rating in the mid 150's.
Not really a controlled range test, But this guy's "150 ... 170 mile range in America..." conclusion at ~1:05 is probably a pretty fair estimate.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qzbp2uhQQfk