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The Nissan LEAF is expected to receive a major redesign for 2018. Sadly, few official details have been released. Here's a look at what we know so far, as well as our first teaser image from Nissan (pictured below) giving a small taste of the new electric car's styling.

In terms of battery capacity, the next LEAF appears set to receive a 60 kWh lithium-ion battery, according to a statement from Nissan's director of EV engineering, Kazuo Yajima, to Autoblog Green.

Based on the fact that the largest LEAF battery currently available is 30 kWh, which is good for 107 miles of driving, it appears fair to surmise that the next LEAF will be able to surpass 200 miles of driving on a single charge. That could make the vehicle a direct competitor to the all-new Chevy Bolt EV.

As far as styling, the LEAF's distinctive styling may end up being toned down a bit. In a report by Inside EVs, Nissan global design chief Mamoru Aoki has stated that the next LEAF will be styled to appeal to a more mainstream customer. The car will reportedly continue to be offered as a hatchback and may bear a resemblance to the Nissan Sway concept shown at the Geneva Auto Show back in 2015.

The next LEAF will need to reach a high bar in terms of customer appeal. GM was the first mainstream automaker to release a 200+ mile electric car with the Bolt EV. Later in 2017, Tesla will begin deliveries of the all-new Model 3 sedan, which the automaker has officially priced from $35,000 before incentives.

In the interim, Nissan has been gearing the LEAF to offer more competitive specs. In an unusual mid-year change, the automaker discontinued the base 24 kWh battery on the LEAF S good for 87 miles of range with the model's larger 30 kWh pack. However, the vehicle's base price rose by $3,440 as a result, pushing past the $30,000 mark factoring the now-mandatory Quick Charger Package.

Pricing & Release Date

There has been much speculation about the release date for the next-generation LEAF. We've seen estimates put its debut either in late 2018 or early 2019. However, production estimates put the car's on-sale date sometime in December 2017. Stay tuned for updates as they become available.

Official pricing is still a mystery at this point. Following the 2016 LEAF's mid-year changes, the current car starts at $33,300 with destination before applicable incentives. The range currently tops out at $37,640 with the LEAF SL.

Nissan will likely aim to keep the LEAF competitive with the Bolt and Model 3. However, will this result in an MSRP closer to $34,000 or $35,000? That remains to be seen.

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Pictured: Nissan Sway Concept (Top), New Nissan LEAF teaser (Middle)

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