2018 Nissan Leaf revealed with updated 400 km range

  • Sep 06, 2017

KUALA LUMPUR: After being teased for a couple of months, the Japanese automaker, Nissan has finally revealed the latest iteration of its much-acclaimed Leaf. Yes, the 2018 Nissan Leaf is announced which will first go on Sale in Japan on October 2, followed by the US, Canada, and Europe by early 2018. The updated Leaf is not only aggressive, it also boasts a number of new features that make it even more competitive in the respective segment.

2018 Leaf Cabin

The 2018 Leaf features a low, and sleek profile that marks a significant difference between the outgoing and the updated model. The pod like headlights are now replaced with upswept, sharp unit, which is well accentuated with a creased bumper. The other changes include V-Motion flash grille finished in blue, boomerang-shaped taillights and two-tone body paint with a rear diffuser to give a sporty touch to this E-drive.

2018 Nissan Leaf revealed

The updated model is 4,480mm long, 1,790mm wide and 1,540mm tall and has a wheelbase of 2,700mm with a curb weight averaging between 1,490 kg and 1,520 kg. The cabin is more driver focused with a new front panel tagged as the ‘gliding wing’. It features a digital instrument panel, a three-spoke multifunction steering wheel with blue contrast stitching, which extends on the seats and the dashboard as well.

In terms of equipment, the 2018 Leaf gets a 7-inch full-color (TFT) display that highlights important information like navigation, multimedia function, safety shield technology power gauge and Apple CarPlay. Under the hood, a new e-powertrain codenamed ‘EM57’ is equipped which generates a maximum power output of 150 PS and peak torque of 320 Nm through a 40 kWh li-ion battery. This battery pack offers a full range of 400 kms and can be fully charged in as quick as 8 hours with 6 kW charging point. Whereas, the charging time increases to 16 hours with a 3 kW charging point. It also gets a quick charging system that can retain up to 80 percent battery life in a time span of just 40 minutes.

It is not just the updated powertrain and styling that makes the 2018 Leaf one of its kind, it is its advanced features that will set a new benchmark for the other competitors. Among many highlighting features, one is the e-Pedal which eliminates the second pedal for braking. With this, a driver can accelerate, decelerate and stop by increasing or decreasing the pressure on the pedal. Releasing the accelerator pedal fully initiates the regenerative as well as friction brakes automatically bringing the car to a complete stop. It can also hold itself on steep hills until the pedal is pushed again.

Another prominent feature of Nissan Leaf is its ProPilot Park which acts as an automatic parking function. With the help of this system, the Leaf can park in both parallel and perpendicular slots by taking care of the steering, acceleration, gear shifting, and braking. This is the feature which also takes care of the autonomous driving capabilities of 2018 Leaf. Let’s see how the new Leaf performs in the highly demanding EVs segment and set a benchmark for others.


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