Nissan has recently unveiled the next-generation Leaf EV at a launch event in Tokyo and is more likely to go on sale in the international market in early 2018. It will replace the previous generation model, which is the best-selling electric car worldwide with 2.83 lakh units sold since its launch in 2010. The automaker is also expected to do a test run of the vehicle on the Indian road to check the viability.
The automaker has sensed the increasing competition in the market for electric vehicles, which has urged the company to come up with a facelifted version of the model. The company is relying hugely on the all-new 2018 Leaf EV and hopes that it cements the car’s position as an electric vehicle for the masses.
The design of the car is inspired by the IDS concept, which has been used for the styling of new Micra. The new sleeker design of the car is expected to attract more people as it offers a wider and longer dimension from its predecessor. The interior of the model looks premium with many advanced features similar to the well-received Micra. The dashboard is finely finished in piano black theme and features latest technologies for a simpler driving experience. The feature retained in the model is a rotary switch to control driving direction. It offers an e-Pedal, which encourages one-pedal driving and it is the highlight of the model as it is first of its kind.
The claimed range of the model is about 379 km, which is 179 km better than the base model of the outgoing car and even leaves behind the current range-topper variant by 129 km. The major reason behind this improvement in performance is the installation of new 40kWh ion battery which powers the vehicle. The new electric drivetrain produces a maximum power of 140 bhp, which is 40.4 bhp more the current range-topper. This powerful mechanism assists the car to accelerate to a speed of 100 kmph from standstill position in just eight seconds, which is 3.5 seconds lesser than its predecessor.
The 2018 Nissan Leaf EV will certainly have an edge over the rivals like BMW i3 and Volkswagen e-Golf.