First introduced in December 2010 in Japan and the USA, and followed by various European Countries and Canada in 2011, the Nissan Leaf has firmly established itself as the best-selling electric car in the world. 2018 promises to be an exciting year for the New Nissan Leaf, with the new model promising a greater range, more technology than ever, a more traditional interior, and classy exterior.
What you need to know:
Design: The New 2018 Nissan Leaf is wider, giving greater stability and a lower center of gravity, enhancing the driving experience by hugging the road and enabling the driver feel more in control. The new Nissan Leaf’s design also includes a low, sleek profile that provides a sharper and more dynamic look.
Better Range and Power: The New 2018 Nissan Leaf is expected to have a range of up to 378km, a significant increase from the current model. Power also increases significantly with the new 2018 model, increasing from 107 to 147 horsepower. They will also be a change battery wise, with the 2018 model carrying a 40 -Kwh Ion battery pack instead of 20 –Kwh unit with the 2017 model.
Exterior Design: The exterior design of the new model is more sporty and modern and the front, features Nissan’s signature V-motion grille, consistent with Nissan’s other global top-sellers, such as the Nissan X-Trail and European favourite, the Nissan Qashqai. New additions such as the grille’s blue colour, a new signature feature for Nissan new Electric vehicles, is a standout. The floating roof adds style and a sense of movement. The sleek LED headlamps feature Nissan’s characteristic boomerang design.
Interior Design: The New Nissan Leaf has a more advanced, tasteful look and feel. An enhanced driving experience for both passengers and drivers will be achieved through appreciation of the signature blue stitching in the seats, dashboard and steering wheel. They will also be a new look regarding the TFT 7 inch full color display, as it has been redesigned with improved usability and new features such as safety field technology, state of charge, power gauge, and audio and navigation system information. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are supported in the New Nissan Leaf and is also equipped with a navigation system.
Advanced Technology: Nissan Intelligent Driving Headlining the new LEAF’s Nissan Intelligent Driving technology are ProPILOT, ProPILOT Park, e-Pedal.
The New 2018 Nissan Leaf will feature E-Pedal technology ensuring you can either drive the car using the accelerator and brake pedal like a standard non-electric vehicle or you can just use the accelerator pedal to control both acceleration and braking. In E-Pedal mode, if you reduce pressure on the accelerator and slow the car down by putting into electricity regeneration mode, it will if required activate the friction brakes to slow the car down, thus holding the car until the accelerator is depressed again, in the occurrence of extreme breaking being required, drivers will have to use the brake pedal.
The New 2018 Leaf will also feature ProPILOT a single-lane autonomous driving technology. It is essentially a driver- assistance tool that enables you take the stress out of highway driving. Think of it as advanced cruise control, as it keeps the car in its lane even when the vehicle is approaching curves or slowdown’s in traffic.
Another new addition to the New Nissan Leaf is ProPilot Park. ProPilot, when activated, will take control of all steering, acceleration, braking and gear selection to automatically guide the vehicle into a parking space. The exciting feature will certainly make parking less stressful for drivers.
Charging: The New Nissan Leaf will have three ways to charge. Firstly users can plug it into a standard wall outlet. If they is no charge on the vehicle this will take 16 hours to fully charge. However most users will use 240-volt Level 2 Chargers, that will fully charge the New Leaf in about 8 hours. Lastly, the Leaf can be charged to roughly 80% of its capacity using a DC fast charger.
Here at Randles Bros Nissan for Kerry, we take great pride in Nissan being an EV pioneer. The New 2018 Nissan Leaf is an exciting development for us here at Randles Bros and comes at a time when we are seeing other countries across the world switching to more cost-effective environmentally friendly options.
Why not speak to Jonathan, our Electric Car specialist here at Randles Bros and we will be delighted to arrange a test arrange in one of our fantastic Nissan Leafs.