Quick Spin — Nissan Leaf Review

Posted September 07, 2017

Well, Nissan seemed to hear my mind pondering this matter, as a fresh press release out of Japan tells us that production production of the new Nissan LEAF will begin in the USA (Nissan's Vehicle Assembly Plant in Smyrna, Tennessee) and UK (Nissan Motor Manufacturing Ltd.in Sunderland, UK) "by the end of calendar year 2017".

The 2018 Nissan Leaf ushers in the second-generation of the world's best-selling electric auto, but this time around, there will be more than just one choice.

Based on looks alone, the answer is probably "yes". This is basically an advanced driving system that Nissan is offering with this new Electric Car, Nissan Leaf.

The new Leaf is 448cm long, 179cm wide and 153cm high, meaning it's 4cm longer, 2cm wider and 2cm lower than its predecessor.

But the Australian division of the Japanese brand is still keeping its sales expectations in check, acknowledging the new model is likely to cost more and will only sell in limited numbers unless government incentives are introduced for electric vehicles.

That's a significant increase over the current model - the latest version of which has a 155 mile range. Nissan President Hiroto Saikawa said a second-generation Leaf with a 60-kWh battery could have a range exceeding 300 miles, the Financial Times reported.

"We're on our second generation".

Charging times are 16 hours at 3kW, eight hours at 6kW but only 40 minutes to reach 80 percent on a fast charge. This setup isn't yet in place in the United Kingdom, but the Government recently announced a £20 million feasibility study in this area.

Another new feature is called E-Pedal, which allows the driver to control both acceleration and braking with a single pedal.

The battery supplier for the revamped Leaf is Automotive Energy Supply, the same as for the previous Leaf. Stepping on the pedal accelerates the vehicle, while easing off it activates the brakes.

Nissan Leaf has a luxurious design which is there to impress everyone around you.

Schillaci said the automaker was also looking at ways to expand its "e-Power" gasoline hybrid system into other regions following strong sales in Japan of the e-Note, its compact multipurpose vehicle launched a year ago which was the first model to use the system. The 13 Leaf cars registered in July 2017 compared with 3,223 other cars that entered Sri Lankan roads during that month.

The 2018 Leaf's interior is more familiar than futuristic.

The new powertrain delivers 147 horsepower, which is a boost of 38% over the older Leaf.

Additionally the Leaf includes Intelligent Lane Intervention, Lane Departure Warning, Intelligent Emergency Braking, Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Intelligent Around View Monitor with moving object detection. But it also can steer as needed to keep the Leaf in its lane, as long as the highway has visible lane markers. The semi-autonomous driving capability enables the vehicle to park without any human intervention.

Under the new skin, the torsional rigidity of the Leaf's body is up by 15 per cent, while the vehicle also gets Active Ride Control and Active Trace Control systems.

Overall, it left us impressed.

Will it be enough to give the new Leaf traction in the market?

Still, few will turn to the Leaf for sheer driving excitement, and the new e-Pedal will be the first thing many potential Leaf buyers will want to know about. I think that's what we're doing at the moment with Leaf.