Following months of leaks and speculation Nissan finally revealed their eagerly awaited new Leaf writes Geraldine Herbert
- With a more sleek and aerodynamic exterior the Leaf is not as radical a design change as the new Micra but it’s certainly a big improvement on the previous version.
- New to the Leaf is the e-Pedal allowing the car to be driven with just one pedal. The e-Pedal handles starting, accelerating, decelerating, and stopping.
- Thanks to a bigger 40 kilowatt hour (kWh) battery the range has been extended to an official 378 Km which probably represents a realistic 280 kilometres on a single electric charge but falls short of the Renault Zoe’s 300 km range.
- Nissan has said it will release a more powerful version of the Leaf in 2018.
- Prices for the new model are expected to increase. The current model starts at €21,490 for the 24kHh version and €24,490 for the 30kWh.
- The new Leaf is roughly the same size as before but manages to be slightly longer, wider and lower.
- The Leaf also offers ProPilot Assist, Nissan’s lane-centering intelligent cruise control.
- Inside there is an all-new dashboard along with a new a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system incorporating Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration.
- More than 283,000 Leaf cars have been bought since it launched in 2010, making it the world’s best selling battery electric car.
- Expect to see the new Leaf on sale in dealerships around the country from February 2018.
6th September, 2017