The Brand New 2018 Nissan Leaf
Just unveiled by Nissan, this is the brand new 2018 Nissan Leaf. Along with a complete visual overhaul, the range (number of miles on a full charge) has been upped to 235 over the current version and there's a host of new technology on board.
The new front-end exterior of the Nissan Leaf has clearly been influenced from the New Micra, with similarities as well from the new Qashqai and X-Trail. The rear however, is quite different to any other model from the range and takes on a unique look with a floating roof joining up seamlessly with both the tinted rear windows and dark boot, while the angular rear lights cut into the car’s bodywork. The new Leaf is 4cm longer, 2cm wider and 2cm lower than the current model.
2018 Nissan Leaf: Charging times & Range
The new Leaf will be powered by a 148bhp electric motor and a lithium-ion battery pack, which give the car an improved range of 235 miles vs. the current Leaf's range of 155 miles. It is expected that a higher capacity battery will be offered in due course, which could extend the range into the 300s.
Nissan have stated that owners with access to a rapid charger (found at most motorway service stations, shopping centres and Nissan dealerships) will be able to recharge 80% of the battery’s life in just 40 minutes!
New Leaf 'e-pedal'
The new Leaf has an accelerator and a brake pedal, however the e-Pedal setup allows drivers use a single pedal for more than 90% of their driving needs according to Nissan. When you take your foot off the accelerator, the Leaf’s regenerative brakes (which uses kinetic energy from the brakes to recharge the batteries) and its standard brakes will automatically slow the car down. This may sound disconcerting to some buyers, however it can be easily turned off.
The brake lights illuminate as soon as the Leaf begins to lose speed and the e-Pedal will hold the car (even on steep hills) without the brake pedal having to be applied. Nissan stated that the “conventional brake pedal must still be used in aggressive braking situations”.
Inside the Leaf is a familiar interior, featuring Nissan's touchscreen infotainment setup which offers sat nav, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto and advanced safety systems such as the Intelligent Around View Monitor (360 degree view around the car). It will also display the car's battery life and range as well as the status of the adaptive cruise control and self-parking system.
There will be the usual conveniences equipped: cup holders, USB port, 12V and aux-in ports, plus air-conditioning and heated seats. There will also be room for 5 people comfortably with a sizeable boot of 435 litres.
ProPilot autonomous system
The big news with the 2018 Nissan Leaf, is the inclusion of Nissan's new ProPilot system. The autonomous setup will comprise of a steering assistance system with adaptive cruise control and keep the car travelling at the same speed as the car in front, braking if required. Should traffic come to a standstill, then the ProPilot system will return to following the car in front when you push the activation button or the accelerator.
There will also be the latest safety technology on offer including autonomous emergency braking, lane-departure warning, traffic sign recognition and rear cross traffic alert.