After a lengthy build-up, Nissan has confirmed the 2019 Leaf electric car will arrive in August priced from $49,990 plus on-road costs.
The new Nissan Leaf is a single spec affair with power coming from an electric motor on the front axle driven by a 40kWh battery pack. The system outputs 110kW of power (up 36 per cent) and 320Nm of torque (up 14 per cent). The claimed driving range is up to 270km according to the WLTP test cycle.
For some market context, Hyundai’s new Ioniq EV claims a 230km driving range and starts in price at $44,990.
A 7kW home charger can replenish the battery pack in 7.5 hours, while a fast charger can take the battery from 20 to 80 per cent charge in around 60 minutes.
In a bid to make life easy for owners, Nissan has partnered with JET Charge, a firm that can assist customers with installing the home charging infrastructure needed for the Leaf.
Equipment highlights include 17-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, power-folding mirrors, privacy glass, dusk-sensing headlights, auto-dimming mirrors, rain-sensing wipers and push-button start, heated steering wheel and heated front and rear seats.
There’s also an 8.0-inch infotainment touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, making this the first Nissan to offer smartphone mirroring tech.
The safety kit comprises autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.
Nissan is expecting the new leaf to do well in Australia, the company claims over 11,000 customers have registered their interest in the car. It will be interesting to see how many put cash on the table with the order books now open.
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