Nissan Announces 2018 LEAF Debut Date, Offers To Extend Leases Until That Time — But Should You?

After a wait that many will view as being far too long, Nissan has finally confirmed that the next-generation LEAF electric car will debut this fall as a 2018 model year car. Far behind the launch of the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV, the next-generation LEAF is expected to have a similar range to the Bolt EV, sell for a similar (or slightly higher) price (depending on the specifications) and come with at Nissan’s second-generation ProPilot driver assistance package.

Yet September’s promised launch date is still several months away, and Nissan knows that some existing LEAF customers will be tempted to leave the brand for the Chevrolet Bolt EV if their lease expires before the 2018 LEAF goes on sale. To encourage those lease holders to stay with the brand, Nissan is offering to extend existing LEAF leases due to expire between April 1 and September, essentially ensuring existing customers stay with Nissan and pick the next-generation 2018 LEAF as their next car when it becomes available at the end of the year.

It seems like a win-win solution on paper, but is it? Watch the video above, and leave us your thoughts in the Comments below.

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  • Martin Lacey

    Looks like Nissan (Leaf 2) are coming to market around the same time as Tesla (Model 3) – coincidence? I think not. If they are losing Leaf (gen 1) owners to the Bolt they have to stop the rot before Model 3 steals the show. Looks like a race to market!