New design, more range, all electric — Nissan Leaf

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New design, more range, all electric — Nissan Leaf

Hiroto Saikawa, president and chief executive officer of Nissan, said in a statement that the new vehicle "strengthens" the firm's "leadership" in the electric auto sector.

We've been covering the arrival of the new version of the world's top-selling electric vehicle, including bringing you confirmation that the model is coming to Australia.

The design was one rather divisive aspect of the outgoing model.

The Leaf remains an important part of Yokohama-based Nissan's branding as a symbol of the company's commitment to the environment.

Prices have yet to be announced, but the existing Leaf starts at around £26,000. "That's a lower price than the LEAF in market today and it includes more power, range and technology, all wrapped in a attractive new exterior and interior design".

A higher capacity model with increased motor power and battery capacity allowing the Leaf to travel even further will be introduced towards the end of next year. Had Nissan enabled the LEAF to take advantage of the planned 350 kW chargers, having a small battery pack would have become an advantage since charging would have taken less than filling up a gasoline tank. The Model X crossover sold an estimated 1,700 units in August.

Chevrolet's Bolt EV has a 238-mile range and a $37,495 starting price. Prices in Japan will start from 3.15 million yen (£22,250). The new Leaf incorporates design cues from the rest of the Nissan line, employing boomerang-shaped headlamps and the V-Motion chrome signature that frames grilles on conventional models. It also features Apple Car Play as a connectivity option over the standard and also comes with navigation. Unlike the first Leaf, the 2018 Leaf is more matured and sophisticated.

Nissan said the device will assist drivers in heavy traffic or during long commutes.

The cruise control system works at speeds between 30km/h and 100km/h, helping to steer and maintain a constant speed and distance between the vehicle in front.

Still, sales of green vehicles, including pure EVs, hybrids and plug-ins, are up 21.5% in the first half of 2017 vs. a year earlier, helped by more choices, including SUVs, for drivers. The feature does require the drive keep their hands on the wheel at all times and if the vehicle some to a complete stop, the drive needs to press a button for the Leaf to enable adaptive cruise control.

Now that it's longer and wider than the outgoing Leaf, designers aimed to emphasise the lower centre of gravity in the new auto.

"Studies by Nissan in Japan, Europe and the US have shown that the LEAF's e-Pedal reduces the number of times the driver must apply the brakes while commuting in heavily congested traffic", states Nissan in a press release.

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