The presentation of the electric car second-gen Nissan Leaf 2 2018-2019 took place simultaneously in Japan and the US in early September 2017, and the European premiere of the new model will occur in the middle of the month at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
The company kept its word, and radically changed the exterior of the new 2018 Nissan Leaf 2, compared to its predecessor. If the latter has a not very expressive design with smooth body contours, now they have been replaced by sharp edges. Additionally, a lot of interesting solutions have been implemented in the exterior design.
For example, in the new body the 2018 Nissan Leaf 2 received a stub with imitation of the grille, a two-tone body color, the effect of a hovering roof, stylish zigzag taillights, a simulated diffuser in the rear bumper, and also fashionable wheel disks. In general, the electric car looks like a slightly enlarged version of the Micra 5.
The cabin of the electric car doesn’t offer anything especially remarkable, except for an unusual gear selector on the dashboard. However, the same is installed on the first-gen Leaf. The instrumental panel took a more traditional form with an analog speedometer on the right and an LCD display to show the rest of the information to its left.
The center console of the new Nissan Leaf 2 features a 7.0-inch display of the infotainment system that supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and the blue stitching will become a distinctive feature of all future electric vehicles of the brand. In addition, the company notes that they have done a lot to improve the noise insulation of the car.
Specifications Nissan Leaf 2
The overall length of the new 2018 Nissan Leaf 2 has increased to 4,480 mm (+ 35), the wheelbase (2,700) hasn’t changed, the width accounts for 1,790 (+ 20), the height is 1,540 (-10), the ground clearance is 150 millimeters – 10), the volume of the trunk is claimed to be at least 435 liters (+ 65), the curb weight of the car in the European specification is 1,535 kg.
The power rack of the body and the chassis architecture (McPherson struts in the front and the curling beam in the rear) remained the same, but the suspension was upgraded, the center of gravity was slightly reduced, and new electric power steering settings reduced the rudder speed from the stop to stop from 3.3 to 2,7.
The electric motor power of the new 2018-2019 Nissan Leaf 2 was increased to 110 kW, or in other words to 150 hp. The maximum torque is currently 320 Nm (the predecessor had 109 hp and 280 Nm). As for the capacity of the traction battery, within its previous size it was increased to 40 kWh (24 for the regular version 30 for the restyling one).
As a result, the electric hatchback accelerates to 100 km/h for 8.0 seconds, while the maximum speed, is limited at 144 km/h as before. Initially for the Nissan Leaf II should have featured a 60 kWh battery, but as it has become recently known it will emerge in 2018.
The mileage varies greatly, depending on the measurement technique. The most optimistic cycle JC08 (Japanese) promises up to 400 km, while the European NEDC claims 378, but the most realistic cycle is probably the American EPA, which promises no more than 242 kilometers. With a more capacious battery, the mileage should increase to 320 km.
The recharging time depends on the type of outlet (AC or DC) and the permissible load, so when connecting the Leaf to the home supply network, it might take from 8 to 16 hours to fully charge the batteries. However, a special fast charging station enables car owners to replenish the battery capacity by 80% in just 40 minutes.
Besides this, the new 2018 Nissan Leaf 2 boasts V2G (vehicle-to-grid) technology, providing the ability to provide power supply for a cottage in the event of a power outage. Another interesting feature of the car is the implementation of the so-called e-Pedal technology.
The activation of this function enables to slow down the electric car to a complete stop without using the brake pedal. One just needs to release the accelerator to let the vehicle automatically start losing its course. The company ascertains that it would be enough in 90% of road situations, and only in the remaining ten the driver should utilize the brake pedal.
Packages and prices
The start of sales of the new Nissan Leaf 2 in the domestic market is scheduled for early October at a price of 3,150,360 yen. As for Europe, Canada and the USA the first copies worth $ 29,990 will be offered by dealers in January 2018. Nissan Leaf 2018 will be is manufactured in Japan, the USA and Great Britain.
The car’s equipment of includes an automatic parking system and also a complex ProPilot. It gives the driver an excellent opportunity to entrust controls to the onboard electronics. To say the truth, it works only on the highway and it’s capable of independently moving within the same lane.