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New Nissan Leaf 2018

New Nissan Leaf 2018

New Nissan Leaf 2018

Nissan unveiled its new 2018 all-electric New Nissan Leaf  at a special event on Tuesday, and the much-anticipated successor to one of the earliest production EVs had some interesting tricks up its sleeve. Most of these focused on intelligent driver assistance features, including ProPILOT semi-autonomous driving and parking capabilities.

The New Nissan Leaf  also had an updated body design, with a more aerodynamic look aimed at helping to make the most of its onboard electric battery. That battery provides 150 miles of range under EPA estimates (400 km or 238 miles under the less conservative Japanese rating agency standards), which is better than the just-over 100 miles of the last generation, but below some of its key rivals at the entry-level including the Tesla Model 3 and the Chevrolet Bolt for range.

A new headlight and rear lights design signature has been deployed on the new EV completely changing the look of the car.

It features a contrasting colour roof and bootlid and newly designed bumpers and side skirts.

The car looks similar to some of the leaks that surfaced online over the past few weeks but even more refined.

It’s a much better looking car by not trying to make such an overt statement about it being an electric vehicle, like the predecessor appeared to be doing.

Exteiror colour options for the car are white, yellow, red and light blue combined with a black roof.

New Nissan Leaf 2018

The battery can be charged in 16 hours using 3 kW charger, or 8 hours using a high-output 6 kW hour charger. A quick charge option will allow it to gain back 80 percent of its charge in just 40 minutes, too. Higher range, higher power performance version will be available at additional cost in 2018.

Another feature that is noteworthy is the innovative smart one-pedal driving technology. The new e-Pedal system will accelerate and decelerate, stop or hold with intelligence. One-pedal technology allows the combination of speeding up, slowing down and braking, all with stepping on the one-pedal function. It will be handy in congested traffic, says Nissan.

Apart from improved design, the new Nissan Leaf gets improved battery life as well. The car’s 40 kWh battery can take the New Nissan Leaf up to 400 km on a single charge, with a power output of 148 bhp and a torque of 320 Nm. Charging time is from 8 hours to 16 hours depending on the power capacity and the Leaf also get quick charging feature which can give 80 per cent battery time in 40 minutes. Tesla Model 3, with two battery options of 50 kWh and 75 kWh, has a claimed range of around 350kms-500kms on a single charge.

New Nissan Leaf 2018

Nissan also tried to downplay the ‘EV’ identity of the car, arguing that it’s actually just a car – they’re trying to draw equivalence between electric vehicles and vehicles that use traditional fuel-injection vehicles, as a way of signaling that this will be a much more broad-reaching focus going forward in terms of market ambitions.

Nissan is also promoting its ProPILOT features here, which offer intelligent, hands-free parking, as well as SAE Level 2 features when driving on single-lane highways, including lane-keeping and maintaining distance between the car and vehicles ahead, with automatic acceleration and braking.

Gone is the quirky bug-eyed design worn by its predecessor and in its place is a vehicle that looks more in line with the rest of the Japanese manufacturer’s product line.

Its front-end it clearly inspired by the popular Nissan Micra 2017, with he tapered front end and V-Motion grille, coloured blue to mark the fact it is electric, sitting proudly at the front.

In addition to this it also borrows design cues from the IDS Concept revealed in 2015 but is suitably more refined and less outrageous that the futuristic behemoth the IDS was.

New Nissan Leaf 2018

The New Nissan Leaf features regenerative braking, which allows for single-pedal driving if you’ve got the foot skills and sense of timing. New Nissan Leaf has enough friction to hold the vehicle stock still even when on an incline, according to Nissan.

On the inside, there’s a 7-inch full-color TFT touchscreen display, which provides the visuals for the new Safety Shield tech that shows you what’s going on around your car, and it also supports Apple CarPlay for iPhone users.

The car can even hold itself in place when the brake is not applied and then if traffic restarts again it will accelerate automatically.

“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 Nissan LEAF, with its improved autonomy range, combined with the evolution of autonomous drive technology, such as ProPILOT Park and the simple operation of the e-Pedal, strengthens Nissan’s EV leadership, as well as the expansion of EVs globally.

New Nissan Leaf 2018

U.S. pricing starts at $29,990 (below current models) and the Leaf is slated to go on sale October 2 in Japan, and deliveries in the U.S., Canada and Europe are likely to begin in January, 2018. Nissan has said that pricing will be comparable to that of the current model, and that it feels “certain” it will be able to at least double or maybe even triple sales at home in Japan.

“The new Nissan LEAF, with its improved autonomy range, combined with the evolution of autonomous drive technology, such as ProPILOT Park and the simple operation of the e-Pedal, strengthens Nissan’s EV leadership, as well as the expansion of EVs globally.

“It also has the core strengths that will be embodied by future Nissan models.

Another feature of the autonomous driving is ProPilot Park which when initiated will see the car take control of all the steering, acceleration, breaking and gear selection to automatically guide it into a parking space.

The e-Pedal is new, not just to the Leaf but to all electric vehicles.

It allows drivers to start, accelerate, decelerate and stop simply by adjusting their input upon the accelerator pedal.

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  1. Great article. Thanks for writing

  2. Great article. Thanks for writing

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