2018 Nissan LEAF grille

Bound to be debuted in Tokyo this September, teasers for the new Nissan LEAF are already circling around. Recently, a tweet from the Japanese marque welcomed July with a teaser photo of the 2018 version of the all-electric hatchback's grille. 

The teasers only reveal tight shots of the next-generation Leaf, but one can quite clearly say that it bears futuristic qualities that will ride well with its function. The Japanese electric vehicle (EV) gets a new headlight design that is connected by a trapezoidal grille that houses the logo. 

Nissan also released a YouTube video introducing the ProPILOT Assist that would be available in the next-gen Nissan Leaf. This advanced-technology feature assists the driver in steering, accelerating, and braking to keep the vehicle perfectly positioned on a lane. This is possible with the help of a front-facing camera that identifies vehicles and lane markings using an advanced image-processing software. 

The Leaf is Nissan's flagship in next-generation mobility, which is said to be the first mass-marketed EV globally – more than 260,000 units on the road today according to the Japanese automaker. Its goal? To provide a transport that bears zero-emission capability. 

While tech-leading countries continue to move forward toward electrification, the local scene is trying its best to catch up. Just last month, the 1st ASEAN EV and Hybrid Summit was held at the World Trade Center in Pasay City, where the current model Leaf made an appearance. 

Among the EVs that were displayed in the said summit were the Nissan Note, Mitsubishi i-MiEV and Outlander plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV), Toyota Prius PHV, and the Lexus NX 300h. 

More photos and further details regarding the Nissan Leaf's technical specs may soon follow before its September debut.

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