Redesigned 2018 Nissan Leaf Boasts More Power, Improved Range

Nissan unveils new LEAF complete with e-Pedal and improved range

The new e-powertrain boosts acceleration and excitement. In addition, one of its most unique features is its e-pedal.

"With the first generation Leaf, the range was not enough and "range anxiety" became a big issue for a lot of consumers", Christopher Richter, an auto analyst at brokerage CLSA in Tokyo, was quoted as saying by the AFP news agency.

"With the launch of the Tesla Model 3, the new BMW i3 and now the new Nissan Leaf, suddenly vehicle shoppers have several compelling reasons to give an EV a try", Edmunds Executive Director of Industry Analysis Jessica Caldwell said in a recent note. The model will be introduced next year, Nissan said in the statement. The new Leaf's battery pack occupies the same amount of space as the older model's, but it's rated at 40 kilowatt-hours (kWh) versus the older car's 30 kWh. As in the outgoing Leaf, the new Leaf's motor drives the front wheels only.

ProPilot is part of a wider safety suite that also includes autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, traffic sign recognition, rear cross traffic alert and an emergency assistance if you hit the wrong pedal. If you keep letting off the accelerator, the Leaf will come to a complete stop and hold itself until you press the pedal to go again. The reactiveness of e-Pedal helps maximize driving pleasure.

Nissan on Tuesday night took the wraps off its 2018 Leaf - and the reveal was fairly lackluster. The Tesla and Bolt EV are available with an advanced autonomous driving system for an added price.

Nissan is a solid brand for those in the market for affordable and functional vehicles. It combines an excellent use of space with functionality.

Inside there's a completely new interior with higher quality materials and a better fit and finish according to Nissan.

Nissan chief planning officer Philippe Klein said at a briefing on Wednesday that electric vehicles won't be a "profit handicap" for the company in the future. The simple lay out of the instrument panel, center console and screen and the 7-inch, full-color TFT display, which was redesigned to make it easier to read and to accommodate the signals from ProPilot.

"We believe the new Leaf will be another game changer for Nissan in the USA, just as the redesigned Rogue has been in the past year and a half, hitting the "sweet spot" in the growing EV segment", Muñoz added.

The vehicle, on sale in Japan from October 2 and elsewhere in early 2018, can run for 150 miles (241 km) on a single charge based on estimates using U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations, using a 40 kilowatt hour (kWh) battery. The model is slated for deliveries in the USA and Europe in early 2018.

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