Nissan has revealed its latest Leaf, which is described as the world’s most advanced mass-market electric vehicle (EV) and icon of the company’s Intelligent Mobility vision.
The new Leaf’s e-powertrain offers improved energy efficiency and increased torque and power output for an enhanced dynamic performance. Complementing this new drivetrain is the high-tech lithium-ion battery pack, which delivers increased power and energy storage capacity.
Along with enhanced energy efficiency, the new e-powertrain delivers an exhilarating, linear driving performance with a power output of 110kW. Torque has been increased to 320Nm, resulting in improved acceleration.
The new Leaf’s driving range has been increased to 378 kilometres (New European Driving Cycle) on a single charge. For those who want to drive further, Nissan will introduce a high-power, higher-priced version of the Leaf with increased motor power and battery capacity at the end of 2018. This version will provide an even longer range, giving customers a range choice depending on their driving needs.
The new Leaf features three main new intelligent driving technologies: ProPilot advanced driver assistance system (used during single-lane driving on the highway, this technology makes the drive easier and more relaxing); ProPilot Park (when activated, this technology will take control of all steering, acceleration, braking and gear selection to automatically guide the car into a parking spot, so as to make parking stress-free and more precise for all drivers); and e-Pedal (this technology allows drivers to start, accelerate, decelerate and stop simply by adjusting their input upon the accelerator pedal).
The new Leaf’s completely redesigned interior has a tasteful, understated look and feel. This has been achieved thanks to higher quality of materials and overall fit and finish.
Drivers and passengers will immediately appreciate the signature vibrant blue stitching in the seats, dashboard and steering wheel, and the new look of the 7-inch full-colour TFT display. The display’s layout has been redesigned for easier access to key features such as the Safety Shield technology, state-of-charge, power gauge, and audio and navigation system information. In some countries, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto have been added to the infotainment system.
The new Nissan Leaf replaces the first-generation model, which has become the world’s best-selling electric vehicle. More than 283,000 customers have chosen the Leaf since the original model went on sale in 2010.
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