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author photo by Brian Moody September 2017

Nissan has been teasing a new Leaf EV for some time now. The company finally revealed the new Leaf in Tokyo and Las Vegas simultaneously. It's easy to spot the car's new look -- in a way, the 2018 Nissan Leaf looks more like a normal car than the original Leaf.

If you look at the wheels, interior, features and exterior styling on the Leaf SV or SL, it has the feel of a luxury hatchback, similar to the Lexus CT200h. The grille and rear-pillar treatment add a bit of adult stylishness over the previous Leaf.

On the road, the new Leaf has a more comfortable, relaxed feel. The cabin is quieter, even on the highway. Range is now at 150 miles.

Acceleration is improved -- and it's noticeably quicker. Output is up to 147 horsepower compared to the previous 107 hp.

Nissan's ProPilot assist is on board this time. It's a semi-autonomous driving feature that's really more of a driver enhancement and not so much a self-driving car -- at least not yet.

Inside, the Leaf is much nicer than the previous version. The car we drove had leather, a power driver's seat, a Bose audio system and Apple CarPlay. And the front seats are comfortable -- more so than other pure electric EVs.

Price? It's about $30,000 for the base model, and a nicely equipped Leaf SL is just over $36,000. Look for the new 2018 Nissan Leaf EV to go on sale in early 2018.

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