2nd Gen Nissan Leaf EV Unveiled, Set For Launch In India

Nettie James
September 7, 2017

Brian Maragno, director of electric vehicle marketing for Nissan in the USA, said the 2018 Leaf will start at $29,990 before a $7,500 federal tax credit, an important price point to current Leaf owners, many of whom will be repeat buyers. The new Leaf is scheduled to be on sale in Japan from October 2 and enter the European market in January 2018.

Inside, the new LEAF has become much more mainstream too - if you've been in anything new from Nissan recently it'll all look quite familiar - and although the gear knob sticks out of the dash the rest is normal - but with blue stitching.

The worry for Nissan, however, is that "range anxiety" will dampen excitement over the new release.

Nissan is quoting an official (New European Driving Cycle) range between charges of the new auto of 235 miles. After a while, future clients will have the choice of upgrading to an e-Plus 60-kWh Leaf with more than 200 miles (320 km), a good challenge for both the Chevrolet Bolt and the Tesla Model 3. It will be economically priced but the world's top-selling electric vehicle still would not stand a chance against the driving range of its prime contenders.

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Hiroto Saikawa, president and chief executive officer of Nissan Motor Co., explains the features of the new Leaf at the Makuhari Messe convention center in Chiba's Mihama Ward on September 6.

The new look incorporates Nissan's V-Motion grille and "Boomerang" front light signature, which gives the vehicle a familiar look to the rest of the brand's range. In fiscal year 2016, the company sold 5.63 million vehicles globally, generating revenue of 11.72 trillion yen. The 2018 Leaf does offer Nissan's semi-autonomous ProPilot Assist, which is essentially an advanced cruise-control system, and it comes with an "e-Pedal", which Nissan says lets drivers start, accelerate, decelerate, and stop using just their right foot, but those technologies, at first glance, are nothing close to Tesla Autopilot. Now, as per the new figures, it started trails on the Bolt and Tesla's Model S and x in USA sales. The bulging curves of the old Nissan Leaf have been done away with to make way for sharp lines. The key contribution to this improvement is the fitment of a higher density lithium ion battery pack. The new design has made the vehicle more aerodynamic, which in return improves the stability of the auto.

Nissan's chief performance officer, Jose Muñoz, said the company sought to upgrade the Leaf for 2018 in four key ways, "beginning with a starting MSRP under $30,000".

But despite boosting its range, rival models can go further than Nissan's latest offering.

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