Nissan has dropped yet another teaser of the new-generation Leaf electric hatchback, which is ready to make its global debut on September 6, 2017. The latest teaser picture shows a close up shot of the car’s rear tail lamps and a badge of Zero Emission.
The moniker reveals the pure electric nature of the car. The rear design appears to shares a few styling bits from the current generation. Moving up the side of the hatchback, you will notice the black C-pillar and upper portion of the tailgate that we have already seen in the Nissan IDS Concept. Read – New Nissan Sunny Coming Soon
While the India launch of the new Leaf will happen sometime next year, it will soon go on sale in the Japanese market. In fact, the carmaker has already begun advertising the electric hatchback in its home market. The latest television advert gives the first official look of the car revealing its silhouette, new front grille and the rear tail lamp enclosures. It also previews the semi-autonomous driving features and new infotainment system. Check Out – The Modified Nissan Terrano – ‘The Bull’
Nissan claims that the new-generation Leaf will have a new, more aerodynamic design enhancing its electric range. Other design elements will also aid to the high speed stability of the car. This new electric hatchback features the new e-Pedal that can be toggled via a switch placed near the driver selector. This system automatically slows down the car when the driver takes his/her foot off the accelerator all the way to a complete halt. It is quite strong to stop and hold the car on hilly terrains as well. Read: Nissan Kicks Compact SUV – All You Need To Know
Nissan’s ProPILOT semi-autonomous and assists technology can drive the car itself in a single lane. It controls acceleration, steering and brakes to assist the driver. This system is already offered on the Nissan X-Trail and Nissan Serena. The hatchback also gets autonomous parking system that uses sonar and cameras to park the car itself.
The new-gen Leaf will come with two battery options – 40kWh and 60kWh. While the former will offer a driving range of 265km, the latter one will deliver over 350km range. In global markets, the electric hatchback is currently available with 24kWh and 30kWh options returning a claimed driving range of 228km and 280km respectively.
Exterior styling of the new Leaf will be sharper and edgier than the current model. Most of the design bits will be carried over from the Nissan IDS Concept and the new-generation Micra hatchback. The car will get projector headlamps with LED DRLs, V-motion grille and aggressive nose.