The new Leaf adopts a Micra-like face at the front, replacing the old car's ageing styling.
A range of up to 340 miles is mooted for top-spec Leaf models, thanks to a 60kWh battery pack.
A Tesla-like lineup of different ranges at different price points will expand upon the current Leaf's two range options.
A more conventional profile has also been adopted, particularly at the rear, where it's more traditional hatch than EV pioneer.
V-shaped taillight clusters can be seen through the camouflage, similar to the ones seen on the Juke.
Nissan's Propilot autonomous tech will also feature, and should allow fully autonomous driving on single-carriageway roads.
In addition to the Leaf, Nissan is working on a second EV, but won't give us any clue as to whether it'll be a saloon or SUV, only that it won't be a sports car.
Our artist's impression shows how the Leaf could look, underneath the camouflage.
The current car uses a 30kWh battery pack in its highest spec, giving a claimed 155-mile range.
The sportiest model in the Leaf range is the Black Edition, although Nissan doesn't look to have any plans to rival the upcoming BMW i3 S electric hot hatch.
The rear styling of the current leaf will be toned down for the 2018 model, with lights more akin to the rest of the range.
Through the camouflage cladding, it’s possible to see the new Nissan family face at the front, with Juke-like V-shaped taillight clusters at the rear. The boot lid also takes a more conventional shape than the current car's, too.
We already know that the new Leaf could have a range of up to 340 miles thanks to battery pack options, the largest of which could double the 30kWh lithium ion pack found in the highest-spec version of the current model.
The current Leaf in 30kWh form has a claimed range of 155 miles. This could still be offered on the new model as a lower-spec car, as the company takes a Tesla-like approach to EVs, in offering a range of capacities; higher-range cars topping the Leaf lineup.
CEO Carlos Ghosn also confirmed at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) that the next Leaf will be offered with Propilot technology, allowing full single-lane autonomy.
Nissan’s chief designer also revealed Nissan’s plan for a second electric model, but stopped short of revealing which body type it would take, instead stating that electric saloon and SUV models were easier to produce than a sports car.