New Nissan LEAF unfolds

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NISSAN has introduced on Sept. 6 the new Nissan LEAF, the next evolution of its zero-emission electric vehicle.

The Nissan LEAF has been completely reinvented, combining greater range with a dynamic new design and advanced technologies, which represent Nissan’s technological leadership.

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

The new Nissan LEAF offers a range of 400 km (Japan JC08 cycle), allowing drivers to enjoy a safer and longer journey. The new e-powertrain gives the new Nissan LEAF 110 kW of power output and 320 Nm of torque, improving acceleration and driver enjoyment.

Evolved autonomous drive technologies

The new LEAF adapts ProPILOT autonomous drive technology, used during single-lane driving on the highway.

It also offers ProPILOT Park. When activated, the car’s ProPILOT Park technology takes control of steering, acceleration, braking, shift changing and the parking brake to automatically guide it into a parking spot. It enables a driver to park, including parallel park, safely with a simple operation.

The new LEAF’s revolutionary e-Pedal technology transforms the way people drive. It lets drivers start, accelerate, decelerate and stop by increasing or decreasing the pressure applied to the accelerator. When the accelerator is fully released, regenerative and friction brakes are applied automatically, bringing the car to a complete stop. The car holds its position, even on steep uphill slopes, until the accelerator is pressed again. The reactiveness of the e-Pedal maximizes EV driving pleasure.

Exterior design: sleek silhouette and “cool tech attitude”

The new Nissan LEAF’s design includes a low, sleek profile that gives it a sharp, dynamic look. Along with excellent aerodynamics, the styling – from the sleek silhouette to the car’s “advanced expression” – evokes the exhilaration of driving an EV.

Familiar Nissan design features include the signature boomerang-shaped lamps and V-motion flow in the front. The flash-surface grille in clear blue and the rear bumper’s blue molding emphasize its identity as a Nissan EV.

The new Nissan LEAF’s completely redesigned cabin is focused on the driver, featuring a front panel in the form of a “gliding wing.” It combines an excellent use of space with functionality.

The interior design creates a relaxed ambience and premium quality feel, due to carefully selected materials. Vibrant blue stitching in the seats, dashboard and steering wheel has been incorporated as a symbol of Nissan’s electric vehicles. The 7-inch, full-color (TFT) display has been redesigned to highlight key features, such as the Safety Shield technology power gauge and audio and navigation system information. Apple CarPlay has also been added. — SG

For customers who want more excitement and performance, Nissan will also offer a higher power, longer range version at a higher price in 2018 (timing may vary by market). The new Nissan LEAF will go on sale Oct. 2 in Japan. The model is slated for deliveries in January 2018 in the U.S., Canada and Europe.

2017 Nissan LEAF specifications (Japan model)

Specifications are based on the latest product information available at the time of release.

Specifications:

Exterior

Overall length (mm) 4,480

Overall width (mm) 1,790

Overall height (mm) 1,540

Wheelbase (mm) 2,700

Track width front/rear (mm) 1,530-1,540/1,545-1,555

Minimum ground clearance (mm) 150

Coefficient of drag (Cd) 0.28

Tires 205/55R16 or 215/50R17

Cargo area (VDA) 435 L

Weight/capacity (kg)

Curb weight 1,490-1,520

Capacity 5 passenger

Gross vehicle weight 1,765-1,795

Battery

Type Li-ion battery

Capacity 40 kWh

Electric motor

Name EM57

Maximum output 110 kW (150 ps)/3283~9795 rpm

Maximum torque 320 N・m (32.6 kgf・m)/0~3283 rpm

Performance

Cruising range 400 km (JC08)

Charging time (normal charging) 16 hours (3 kW)

8 hours (6 kW)

Charging time from alert to 80% (quick charging) 40 minutes — SG


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