Nissan shows new Leaf electric vehicle, boasts 400-km range

Nissan Leaf 2018 Prices Specs

Gone is the frumpy exterior design of the first-generation Leaf in favor a sleeker hatchback that incorporate some Nissan design traits of recent models with one of the most aerodynamic exterior designs in the industry. When activated, this technology will take control of all steering, acceleration, braking and gear selection to automatically guide the auto into a parking spot.

The worry for Nissan, however, is that "range anxiety" will dampen excitement over the new release.

For a higher price, consumers will also have the option of purchasing a new high-power version of the EV from the end of next year with even better battery capacity, although Nissan has not revealed what the driving range of this high-end LEAF would be. "While its performance figures put it at a disadvantage against a Chevy Bolt or a Tesla Model 3, its $29,990 starting price before incentives puts it at a big cost advantage". It will also be cheaper, though the world's top-selling electric vehicle still won't match the driving range of its prime competitors. However, according to the Financial Times, Nissan President Hiroto Saikawa is optimistic, stating the new Leaf has "real potential to become the core of the company". When it goes on sale next year in the U.S., it will start at $29,990, before any federal or local tax incentives.

ProPilot Park will give the vehicle autonomous parking capabilities while the e-Pedal, which will come as standard on all new Leafs, allows drivers to accelerate and brake using one pedal thanks to the 0.2g of regenerative braking power.

The Leaf falls short on range, however, with both rivals offering larger batteries so they can drive further between charges.

Nissan Leaf 2018 Interior
Nissan Leaf 2018 Interior

The new launch is designed with intelligent driver assistance features, including ProPILOT semi autonomous driving and parking techniques. It'll be interesting to see if Nissan changes that before the Leaf's United Kingdom release.

"For the day to day, we can cover most of the cases, which means you don't have to worry about the autonomous range when you drive", he said.

We're not sure how much the new Nissan Leaf will cost in the United Kingdom, but we can take a guess based on other released prices.

"Toys include a 7" infotainment screen, Apple CarPlay, Sat Nav which tells you where you can recharge, and all the safety stuff you'd expect from a properly 21st century LEAF. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program and has been recognized annually by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as an ENERGY STARĀ® Partner of the Year since 2010. Torque has been increased 26% to 320Nm, resulting in improved acceleration.

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