– New Nissan Leaf will see a release in India this fiscal year.
– It’s Nissan’s first car to get ProPILOT Park semi-autonomous driving technology
All-new Nissan Leaf electric hatchback’s India launch has been confirmed for this fiscal year. The announcement was made by Nissan India’s President, Thomas Kuehl. The Japanese carmaker also aims to expand its Indian product portfolio with its global products and the second generation Leaf will be the first one to hit the roads. The hatchback’s new-generation model first broke cover in September, 2017 in Japan, followed by its public debut at the IAA Frankfurt Motor Show last year. The updated Leaf comes with all-new and a more aerodynamic design along with a pack of high-tech features and improved driving dynamics.
The new 2018 Nissan Leaf is the company’s first autonomous electric production car boosted with the ProPILOT Park semi-autonomous technology. This system takes over the steering wheel, and helps driver to park the car even in tight sports. The car also has semi-autonomous driving capabilities and e-Pedal system. One of the major update comes in the form of improved battery life and electric range. At the heart of the new Leaf is a 40kWh battery offering 400km range on a single charge. The charging time of this battery vary from 8 hours to 16 hours. It also gets a quick charging feature providing 80% battery life in 40 minutes. Design of the new 2018 Nissan Leaf has been inspired by the IDS Concept car. It also shares the DNA with Nissan’s global top-sellers – X-Trail and Qashqai. Check Out – New Nissan Micra Pictures & Details
Nissan CEO, Carlos Ghosn had confirmed the 2018 Nissan Leaf for India at the annual Consumer Electronics and Consumer Technology Trade Show (CES) 2017. Now, the Japanese carmaker has announced that it will introduce its global products in the Indian market, and the new-generation Leaf electric hatchback will be first model to launch. The company has also confirmed that the electric hatch will go on sale this fiscal year (i.e. by April, 2019). For people not in the know, Nissan Leaf is the world’s best-selling zero-emissions electric car. Ever since its global launch (in 2010), the carmaker has sold over 300,000 units of the hatchback. Photo Gallery: Nissan Kicks – 8 Interesting Things
Nissan is planning for local assembly of the electric Leaf in India. If it happens, the carmaker will surely be able to achieve aggressive pricing. The government of India is planning to promote electric vehicles and completely move to eco-friendly vehicles by 2030. The hatchback will also be a beneficiary of the new taxation system (GST) that dropped the tax rate for electric vehicles to 12 per cent. Since the Leaf will be imported to India as a CBU (completely built up) unit that might take a toll on its pricing. The 2018 Nissan Leaf price in India is estimated to be above Rs 35 lakh (ex-showroom). Read – New Nissan Micra: All You Need to Know
|E-Powertrain||40kWh lithium-ion battery pack|
|Charging Time||8-10 hours|
For power, the new 2018 Nissan Leaf makes use of a new e-powertrain, which is claimed to offer increased power and torque outputs, improved energy efficiency and performance. Despite the same size, the new 40kWh lithium-ion battery pack has 67% more energy density that helps it to achieve longer range. This electric setup can deliver a maximum power output of 148bhp and a peak torque of 320Nm.
The driving range of the car has been increased up to 400km (New European Driving Cycle) on a single charge. On the other hand, the hatchback’s closest rival – Tesla Model 3 comes with two battery options – 50kWh and 75kWh offering a driving range around 350kms with 500kms. The new battery system takes 8 hours to 16 hours to get fully charged. The hatchback also comes with a quick charging feature that provides 80% battery life in 40 minutes. It has regenerative brakes that help it to cover a good distance. The Japanese carmaker has also confirmed that the company is also working on a more powerful version of the Leaf that will offer 550km driving range. Read – Nissan Terrano AMT – Pictures & Details
As mentioned in the beginning, the 2018 electric Leaf derives its design and styling inspiration from the Nissan IDS concept that was first previewed the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show. Upfront, the car features Nissan’s signature V-motion grille that we have already seen on global-spec Nissan X-Trail and Qashqai. Styling element such as a new 3D blue grille with 3D mesh pattern adds more to its aggressive front fascia. Interestingly, the new Leaf is the first Nissan car to get projector headlamps with dual, direct-lens low and high beams.
Other design highlights include floating roof, integrated rear spoiler, underfloor and a diffuser-type rear bumper. The unique design of the rear bumper not only reduces drag and zero lift, but improves vehicle stability as well. The aero-design wheels also help to achieve reduced drag. Read About – New Nissan Sunny | New Nissan X-Trail
Based on Nissan’s ‘Gliding Wing’ design language, the interior of the 2018 Nissan Leaf looks more refreshing than the old model. It’s laden with several advanced comfort and connectivity features. The electric hatchback comes with a 7-inch TFT touchscreen display supporting Android Auto and Apple CarPlay along with navigation system. As a part of Nissan Intelligent Integration, the Leaf gets NissanConnect providing continuous updates to driver such as location and operating hours of charging station. It has a luggage area of 435-litres, and offers a drag coefficient of 0.28.
The 2018 Nissan Leaf is the company’s first production car to feature ProPILOT Park semi-autonomous driving technology. This system includes sonar and cameras to control steering, braking and throttle input. It enables the car park itself in parallel, straight back-in or angled or parking places. The 2018 Nissan Leaf also features intelligent one-pedal driving technology – e-Pedal. This system allows the driver to accelerate, decelerate, stop and hold the car by using the accelerator pedal alone. The hatchback also gets Nissan Safety Shield.
Features such as blue stitching and a Nissan EVs hallmark on seats, steering wheel, door trim and armrest, leather-wrapped steering wheel with matte chrome finish rim and matte and glossy black shade around the AC control panel and the vent grille enhance sporty appearance of the car. It also gets blue illuminated power switch.
With respect to safety, the electric hatchback also comes loaded with Intelligent Lane Intervention, Lane Departure Warning, Blind Spot Warning, Intelligent Emergency Braking, Traffic Sign Recognition, Intelligent Around View Monitor with moving object detection, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Emergency Assist for Pedal Misapplication.
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The new Nissan Leaf 2018 will be equipped with a new drivetrain and battery. It will also be Nissan's first production car to feature ProPILOT Park semi-autonomous driving technology.