Nissan aims for pole position in electric cars with longer-range Leaf

2018 Nissan Leaf    
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2018 Nissan Leaf Nissan USA

One of the big talking points is the LEAF's e-Pedal, as well as extensive driver assist tech built into the vehicle (more on that below). The deliveries are said to begin in January 2018 in the US, Canada, and Europe. The 2017 Leaf has a driving range of 107 miles and a sticker price of $31,000.

The new Leaf features Nissan's ProPilot technology that makes driving easier and less stressful. Here's a rundown of what's coming.

It's also less gawky than the outgoing model to appeal to buyers who want a vehicle that looks more conventional. The whole new Leaf is packing up features like; autonomous parking technology and will provide a 150 miles range, a whopping 40% increase from the initial models that Nissan unveiled last 2010. Compared to the previous model, the 2018 Nissan Leaf bears a more aggressive design, along with a host of new technologies. That is in large part thanks to a new 40kWh lithium-ion battery, replacing a 24kWh battery in the old model. The Model X crossover sold an estimated 1,700 units in August. (NYSE: GM) has a range of 238 miles and a starting price of $38,000.

The new Nissan LEAF's design includes a low, sleek profile that gives it a sharp, dynamic look.

Peak output from the base 2018 Leaf's electric motor is 147 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque.

The outgoing Leaf sold moderately well with 112,000 puppies pushed out in the US since 2010, but I can't decide if the new one is enough to boost those numbers against a growing field of competent and stylish competitors. In the meantime, you can save $30,000 for the initial premium of the auto, plus roughly $7,000 in federal tax that you'll need to pay if you want it next year. It also features Apple Car Play as a connectivity option over the standard and also comes with navigation.

The interior design creates a relaxed ambience and premium quality feel, due to the carefully selected materials. In addition, the new driver information display has a simple, light configuration without excessive decoration.

During a press conference in Yokohama, senior Nissan executives also emphasized that the 2018 Leaf will serve as the leading edge of Nissan's quest to lead the industry in bringing in introducing new technology.

Much of that revolves around Nissan's ProPilot autonomous technology, a clever "Cruise" function which lets you set a speed which the LEAF will maintain, but also keeps you in lane and the right distance from the vehicle in front, varying its speed as needed all the way down to a full halt. There is also a touchscreen console with a simple interface to control other aspects of the vehicle.

Other than that, there are some new assistive driving features by the Nissan Intelligent Mobility team, namely the e-Pedal and ProPilot systems.

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