This is the all-new 2018 Nissan Leaf

Posted on Sep 6, 2017 by

Japanese giant reveals second-generation Leaf in time for the next week, with more power, more range, and a lot more free time for your left leg…

2018 Nissan LEAF

Nissan has just revealed its second-generation Leaf EV in time for the model’s public premiere at next week’s Frankfurt motor show, before a sales date in early 2018 across more than 60 markets worldwide.

The Japanese giant says that since introduction in 2010, the Leaf has been the best-selling non-premium EV in the world, and for the new model the focus was on an increased range and driver-assistance technologies.

As far as the styling is concerned the 2018 Leaf comes inspired by the IDS concept car first seen at the 2015 Tokyo motor show, with Nissan’s signature V-Motion grille, projector-beam headlights, and the so-trendy ‘floating’ roof over a contrasting C-pillar.

2018 Nissan LEAF

Now that it’s longer and wider than the outgoing Leaf, designers aimed to emphasise the lower centre of gravity in the new car. For the interior, the focus was on a simple layout, highlighted by a blue, illuminated shift knob, and a flush-fit central display. Nissan also says the car’s lower drag coefficient and improved aerodynamics over its predecessor make the cabin quieter than before.

To improve handling engineers moved the heaviest components, like the battery pack, in the middle of the vehicle and stiffened up the suspension by 10 percent. Still, a 2018 Leaf would be better suited to its onboard driver assistance features, like semi-autonomous driving capability at speeds of up to 100kph.

2018 Nissan LEAF

Nissan is also pretty chuffed with a novel feature called the e-pedal, which lets you go and stop using just one foot pedal instead of two as you normally would in a car fitted with an automatic transmission. By pressing the e-pedal you go, as you’d expect, but by releasing it you slow as if you were on the brake pedal, with a deceleration rate of up to 0.2g, which is a fair old shove.

Crucially the Japanese fettled with the powertrain most, which now offers more efficiency coupled to more power – the total is now 147 horsepower (compared to the predecessor’s 107, while torque has been increased by 26 percent to a total of 320Nm. Despite the resultant increase in acceleration and speed, the second-generation Leaf has a higher range than before with a claimed 240km total, which is an improvement of 110km.

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