It looks like the new Nissan Leaf is on course for its mid-year debut in Malaysia, as announced during the KLIMS18 preview last year – three transporter loads of the second-generation all-electric vehicle were sighted earlier today on the Shapadu Highway leaving Klang by reader Edward Koh, meaning that the market introduction should be around the corner.

Buyers will be able to pick from a variety of colours, not just the white that has been the usual message colour for the car. Aside from white, the Leaf will be available in grey, red, black and blue here.

The new Leaf, which measures in at 4,480 mm long, 1,790 mm wide and 1,540 mm tall, features significant gains in performance and range over the first-gen model, the car’s EM57 electric motor now producing 38% more power and 26% more torque than the final version of the first-gen Leaf, at 110 kW (148 hp) and 320 Nm respectively.

The local specification Leaf should be the standard variant with a 40 kWh lithium-ion battery, and it isn’t expected that the e+ 62 kWh battery version will go on sale here due to pricing constraints. No estimated pricing has been indicated as yet, but without local assembly, the Leaf won’t qualify for incentives under the current Energy Efficient Vehicle (EEV) scheme, so don’t expect it to be cheap.

Operating range is around 400 km (378 km on a NEDC test cycle), which is well up from the 195 km – and later, 250 km – of the original. Charging-wise, the Leaf comes with two types of connectors located at its nose, these being Type 2 (AC charging) and CHAdeMO (DC quick charging) slots. The max AC charge rate is 6.6 kW, while it is 50 kW with DC quick charge.

With AC charging through a wallbox, it will take roughly around five to seven hours for a full charge, since the maximum draw is limited to 6.6 kW from the OBC (the automaker initially listed eight hours to full from a six kW source). With a 230V/16A 3.7 kW single-phase public charge point or a 230V/13A 3.0 kW single-phase supply from a conventional domestic power socket, it’ll take roughly around 10-12 hours.

More on the Nissan Leaf when the car makes its official debut. Read our review of the new Leaf, which we drove earlier this year in Hong Kong.

GALLERY: 2019 Nissan Leaf

GALLERY: Nissan Leaf, KLIMS18 preview