The second generation of Nissan Leaf increases autonomy and power. 40 KWh Battery, a more performance alternative will come. Finally, the curtain rises on the new Nissan Leaf 2019. The second generation of the electric sedan was presented in Tokyo, while the exit from the market is expected during 2018.
Rather different in style, it has dimensions that will guarantee more space on board and, above all, proposes technical developments both on the front of the driving autonomy and on the automation to the guide, given the debut of the Nissan ProPilot Assist. Let’s start now, however, from the aspect that affects more than one electric car: the autonomy of the new Nissan Leaf. The launch will be proposed with a lithium-ion battery pack of 40 kWh, with an improved energy density of 67%, sufficient specification to offer 378 km recorded in the NEDC cycle, definitely optimistic. Therefore, in real use, a lower autonomy is foreseeable than the declared value. In the course of 2019 will arrive the second version of Nissan Leaf, with more powerful engine and larger battery, should be the variant 60 kWh.
The recharge times are biblical from the home network. With a supply of 3 kW serving 16 hours for a “full” battery, it is reduced to 8 hours with a supply of 6 kW. Using the fast charging stations, however, 80% of the charge is obtained in 40 minutes. Interesting to note the possibility offered by the Leaf to use an electric vehicle accumulator as a portable device and carry out what is the bidirectional exchange of energy, V2G, a vehicle to grid, that is, from the car to the network.
As for the engine of the Nissan Leaf 2019, the power increases and reaches 150 horsepower (+ 41 hp), the pair marks an increase of 26% and reaches 320 nm (+ 66 nm). The maximum speed is equal to 144 km/h. It is also the maximum limit manageable by the Nissan ProPilot system, active since 30 km/h. Nissan ProPilot allows the assisted driving on the highway, the maintenance of the car within the running lane, intervening on the Steering wheel, accelerator and brake, keeping the safety distance from the vehicle before and preparing a future evolution of the system that allows the assisted driving also in the city.
Dimensions of NISSAN LEAF, so much extra space in the trunk
The dimensions of the Nissan Leaf roughly confirm the measurements of the old generation. in length measuring 4 meters and 48 cm (+ 3 cm), in width 1 meter and 79 (+ 2 cm), while it is lower than one centimeter, at odds 1 meter and 54. Unchanged the pitch, always from 2 meters and 70 centimeters. In listing the relevant measures, the capacity offered by the trunk is missing: 435 liters, far superior to the 370 liters of the old model. The weight of the new project stood at 1,535 kg.
The style is inspired by the IDS CONCEPT
The design is edgier, it takes on the features of the Nissan IDS concept. V-Motion Grille is completed by the blue Illuminated logo on a non-existent grid, replaced by a closed panel with shades in the same color. The silver profiles of the grille are combined with the ribs on the engine bonnet, while the LED headlights confirm the recent stylistic choices of the brand, with angular daytime lights in a central position and a whole set to V from the center of the muzzle to expand then Towards the uprights A. Roof with suspended effect, in the tail the rear window gives the idea of extending on the tailgate thanks to the color game.
New NISSAN LEAF with E-PEDAL
An interesting technical feature that will introduce to the new Nissan Leaf Market is the e-Pedal. It promises a guide in which to appeal almost exclusively to the accelerator pedal, relegating the brake pedal to a use only in the case of decisive breaking. The evolution is integrating a function that allows, with the release of the gas, not only to slow down, as it is obvious but also to stop the car autonomously. A real braking accompanied by the stop of the vehicle, even on a sloping road, until it returns to accelerate. Three uses in one, then: Classic Accelerator, deceleration of the vehicle in the release, autonomous braking of the car.
On electric cars We know how important (and marked) the release effect of the gas and the engine brake, phase in which the electric motor acts as energy recovery unit, to increase the charge of the batteries. A release of the accelerator on an electric car produces a much more pronounced slowdown than a car with a thermal engine.
Interior, new LEAF makes full automation
The interior of the Nissan Leaf repeats the blue touches of the exterior in the form of contrast seams and lighting of the instrument panel. The infotainment offers a 7-inch screen, complete with Navigator, Apple CarPlay system, and Android Auto. There is no lack of wireless charging for the smartphone or the possibility of remote control of the air conditioner.
As for the driving assistance systems, E-Pedal and Nissan ProPilot apart we find the self parking Nissan Pro Park, which resort to 12 sonar and 4 cameras to manage autonomous maneuvers, recognition of road signs, automatic braking Warning and prevention of the lane change if at risk collision with another vehicle, the Rear cross traffic alert for reversing manoeuvres and the intelligent Around View Monitor.