All-new Nissan Leaf revealed
06 September 2017
Author: Daniel Puddicombe
Nissan has revealed the first details of the next-generation of its all-electric Leaf hatchback ahead of its premiere at the Frankfurt motor show next week.
The new car's range has increased from 155 miles to 235 miles on a single charge and the Japanese brand claims the Leaf has been "redesigned for a new generation" with sleeker design inside and out.
Nissan added that a longer-range version with more power will arrive by the end of next year, albeit with a higher purchase price.
Unlike the current model, the car's batteries can be used as a mobile energy device that siphons spare power back to the national grid when the car is not being used at home, providing owners with an alternative income stream.
As previously announced, the new Leaf will come with autonomous driving capability. Called Pro Pilot, it will allow driverless operation on single-lane roads with the technology controlling the vehicle's steering, acceleration and braking.
Nissan said the device will assist drivers in heavy traffic or during long commutes. The Japanese firm added that it hopes to eventually allow vehicles to navigate city-centre junctions by themselves.
The Leaf also allows drivers to accelerate, decelerate and brake using one pedal.
Known as the 'e-pedal', the Japanese brand claimed it will "transform the way we drive", adding that the technology is the world's first one-pedal operation that allows motorists to bring the car to a stop and resume driving instantly.
Nissan added that drivers could cover around 90% of their driving needs with the one pedal, claiming it makes driving in heavy traffic and during city commutes easier by reducing the amount of movement from one pedal to the other.
However, Nissan said the brake pedal will need to be used for "aggressive braking situations".
Inside, the vehicle features a 7in infotainment system with the layout being redesigned for easier access to features such as the power gauge and navigation unit.
"The new Nissan Leaf drives Nissan Intelligent Mobility, which is the core brand strategy for Nissan's future," said Hiroto Saikawa, the company's president and chief executive officer. "The new Nissan Leaf, with its improved autonomy range, combined with the evolution of autonomous drive technology, such as the simple operation of the e-Pedal, strengthens Nissan's EV leadership, as well as the expansion of EVs globally. It also has the core strengths that will be embodied by future Nissan models."