New-generation Nissan LEAF revealed

Here it is – Nissan’s new-generation Nissan LEAF electric car.

We’ve been covering the arrival of the new version of the world’s top-selling electric vehicle, including bringing you confirmation that the model is coming to Australia.

Now comes these images showing a completely new shape, and further technical info on the new offering too.

One of the big talking points is the LEAF’s e-Pedal, as well as extensive driver assist tech built into the car (more on that below).

But as is the case with all EVs, range is the most important topic to discuss and with the new Nissan LEAF buyers will be able to drive up to 378km on a single charge.

Nissan tell us the car’s new e-powertrain includes a new high-tech lithium-ion battery pack.

Boasting improved energy efficiency, the new Nissan LEAF will bring healthy power and torque outputs of 110kW/320Nm.

There will also be a higher-capacity version that will come to market late in 2018 (though details on range, outputs are yet to be confirmed).

The intelligent driving technologies that the car will boast includes the ProPILOT ADAS (advanced driver assistance system).

This system includes auto steering capability, as well as acceleration and braking.

The Nissan LEAF will also park itself, including selecting forward and reverse gears.

While the third aforementioned e-Pedal allows drivers to “start, accelerate, decelerate and stop simply by adjusting their input upon the accelerator pedal.”

Nissan saying the conventional brake pedal must still be used in aggressive braking situations.

Hiroto Saikawa, president and CEO of Nissan is excited about the new car.

“The new Nissan LEAF, with its improved autonomy range, combined with the evolution of autonomous drive technology, 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.”

We will bring you further updates, including Australian pricing and specification details, when confirmed by Nissan Australia.

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