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Nissan Unveils 2018 LEAF

September 6, 2017 0 Comments

Nissan has unveiled its all-new LEAF. Nissan Chairman and Chief Performance Officer José Muñoz showcased the new model on Tuesday at the Thomas & Mack Center, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

For a video detailing the features and highlights of the redesigned LEAF, click here.

The U.S. unveiling followed the LEAF’s global launch in Tokyo, Japan. The 2018 LEAF, the “world’s best-selling affordable, mass-production electric vehicle,” is poised to go on sale sometime in early 2018, and will be available in all 50 states at that time.

“When we launched LEAF in 2010, it instantly became the most affordable, mass market EV in the world,” said Muñoz. “We are not walking away from that proposition. The value equation for the new LEAF is even stronger than ever before – beginning with a starting MSRP under $30,000. That’s a lower price than the LEAF in market today, and it includes more power, range, and technology, all wrapped in a beautiful new exterior and interior design.”

The new LEAF has an improved 150-mile driving range, an aerodynamic exterior, a roomy “cool tech” interior, and some nifty advanced tech like the ProPILOTTM Assist, e-Pedal, and Safety Shield. This is Nissan’s first step in their EV platform launch, with the 2019 model year slated to bring a high-powered version of the LEAF with “increased motor power and battery capacity.”

The new LEAF embodies Nissan Intelligent Mobility, the automaker’s global initiative focusing on “how Nissan vehicles are driven, powered, and integrated into society.” The new ProPILOTTM Assist, Nissan’s advanced single-lane driver assistance technology, reduces the required amount of driver acceleration, steering, and braking input under certain driving conditions. True, it is a “hands-on” system, but it previews what is to come from Nissan’s ongoing development in autonomous driving technology.

What about the e-Pedal? The e-Pedal will allow drivers to “start, accelerate, decelerate, and stop by increasing or decreasing the pressure applied to the accelerator.” When the pedal is fully released, “regenerative and friction brakes” will be automatically applied, bringing the car to a complete stop. The new LEAF will hold its position “even on uphill slopes” until the driver presses down on the accelerator.

“This new LEAF is not just the latest symbol of Nissan’s global leadership in the EV segment, it is the culmination of everything we’ve learned from more than two billion miles of real-life, on-road driving and from the feedback of hundreds of thousands of owners around the world, particularly LEAF customers here in the U.S.,” Muñoz said.

Nissan has sold over 112,000 LEAF EVs in the U.S., and over 283,000 worldwide.

“We believe the new LEAF will be another game-changer for Nissan in the U.S., just as the redesigned Rogue has been in the last year and a half, hitting the ‘sweet spot’ in the growing EV segment. It takes everything we’ve learned from our loyal first-generation LEAF owners to the next level,” said Muñoz.

Next week, the new-generation LEAF will makes its first public appearance in eight U.S. cities for National Drive Electric Week. Nissan LEAF is the official sponsor of National Drive Electric Week for the third year in a row.

For more information, check out Nissan’s site.

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