New Nissan Leaf revealed with semi-autonomous driving capabilities

Posted September 06, 2017

Nissan also tried to downplay the "EV" identity of the auto, arguing that it's actually just a auto - they're trying to draw equivalence between electric vehicles and vehicles that use traditional fuel-injection vehicles, as a way of signaling that this will be a much more broad-reaching focus going forward in terms of market ambitions.

The restyled 2018 Leaf is lower and more sculpted than its bulbous predecessor, and Maragno said it also comes with new features that should attract new buyers. Now there's a redesigned model.

Nissan claims the Mk2 feels more natural to drive than the first-generation vehicle, and you can read our first impressions from behind the wheel here. The model is slated for deliveries in January 2018 in the U.S., Canada and Europe.

"There really is no outstanding attractive quality about an electric vehicle", he said, noting drawbacks such as finding charging stations, as well as the time needed to charge. Here's a rundown of what's coming. Nissan is a global full-line vehicle manufacturer that sells more than 60 models under the Nissan, INFINITI and Datsun brands. The new car's design, which was penned at Nissan's technical centre in Atsugi, should appeal to far more people, having been heavily inspired by the IDS Concept that, as you may have noticed, also influenced the well-received new Micra. It generates 150 PS with 320 Nm of torque and is powered by a 40 kWh li-ion battery. There are no 0 to 60 miles per hour figures yet, but it is expected to clock quite decent numbers given electric cars provide solid performance on that front. But it has a price tag that's $5,000 cheaper than those two vehicles which may have some potential customers debating the if 100 miles is worth the extra cash. The Leaf has received a significant makeover in terms of design but the highlight is the more powerful motor with increased efficiency as well as Nissan proPILOT semi-autonomy technology that makes a debut in this new-gen electric sedan. That's up 38 and 26 percent, respectively, on the 2017 Leaf's numbers. Up front, the pod-like design is no more as Nissan gave it upswept headlights and a creased front bumper.

Apart from improved design, the new Nissan Leaf gets improved battery life as well. The heavy components including the battery are placed in the center of the body. Various chassis systems were also tuned to ensure better ride and handling than the outgoing model.

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Nissan engineers and designers have teamed up to rework the interior as well so that it offers a cleaner, stress-free operation, with a 7.0-inch TFT display for the instrument cluster.

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". The fact that several engineers from Tesla's AutoPilot program actually went so far as to leave the company, in part due to their concerns about the potential safety concerns of current implementations, speaks volumes about the current state of affairs in autonomous driving systems. It'll help steer, too, keeping your Leaf in the middle of its lane.

Nissan has introduced the 2018 Nissan Leaf, the next evolution of its zero-emission electric vehicle. This uses a single pedal which allows drivers to start, accelerate, decelerate and stop simply by adjusting their input upon the accelerator pedal.

A new power-management processor is twice as fast as the old one, meaning even sharper response to the accelerator pedal.