Meet the 2018 Nissan Leaf

For those who want to drive their new LEAF further, Nissan will introduce a high-power version with increased motor power and battery capacity at a higher price at the end of 2018.

Nissan unveiled that they are looking to push the prices to a whole new level, and stated that the Leaf is expected to have a price tag $5,000 lower as opposed to Tesla's budget friendly Model3 which was launched last July this year.

"The new Nissan Leaf drives Nissan Intelligent Mobility, which is the core brand strategy for Nissan's future", said Hiroto Saikawa, president and chief executive officer of Nissan.

The new model, to be launched on October 2 in Japan and in January in the United States and Europe, has improved acceleration and performance, according to the automaker. Nissan has even, said that they don't like the EV badging that the Leaf is getting since it is after all just a auto.


Cumulative sales of the original Leaf, launched in 2010, stood at some 280,000 units, with those in Japan accounting for some 80,000 units.

Nissan touts its ProPILOT Assist as a way of taking the stress out of steady state single lane driving by employing automatic adaptive cruise control, lane keeping and braking to reduce the driver's workload.

Inside, the new LEAF has become much more mainstream too - if you've been in anything new from Nissan recently it'll all look quite familiar - and although the gear knob sticks out of the dash the rest is normal - but with blue stitching.

Range anxiety has been lessened by an increase in range to 235 miles on a single charge.


Nissan has announced the latest Leaf electric auto model and it's made a huge jump forward with a 50 percent increase in range, and plenty more besides. On price, the 2018 Nissan Leaf will bow at $29,990, significantly less than the Chevrolet Bolt and Tesla Model 3, and $690 less than the outgoing 2017 Leaf.

In addition, Nissan has installed in the new Leaf the e-Pedal technology, which automatically applies the brakes when drivers lift their foot off the accelerator. Then the e-Pedal allows you to accelerate, decelerate, stop and hold all with that one smart pedal. The Leaf is coming to Europe at the start of 2018, likely to be priced at around £25,000, and with a ready dealer network already established in the UK.

The updated EV now offers a range of 400km thanks to a new e-powertrain which also puts out 110kW and 320Nm. Nissan says this capability "significantly reduces stress when driving on the highway in flowing and heavy traffic" conditions.

Nissan has sold almost 300,000 Leafs worldwide since its introduction - an impressive feat considering EV sales accounted for only 0.5% of the global auto market in 2016.



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