Local details for the new 2019 Nissan Leaf have been revealed with the electric car set to begin Australian deliveries from mid-2019.
The Australian bound model is also set to feature e-Pedal, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as a real-world driving range of up to 270km per charge thanks to a large battery (based on the WLTP combined cycle).
A larger 40kWh battery will provide the Leaf with more mileage and relieve some of the range anxiety associated with electric vehicles.
Nissan Australia managing director, Stephen Lester, commented: “Charging is a simple act and many EV owners tend to charge their vehicle like they charge their mobile phones in preparation for the next day, by doing it overnight.”
“A study by Zero Carbon Australia tells us that, on average, city-based drivers have a 38-kilometre daily commute, so daily re-charging is not necessary.”
“Also, with a conscious mindset of overnight charging well in place thanks to mobile phones, most Australians are unlikely to have range issues,” Mr Lester added.
One of the clever new features of the Leaf is the e-Pedal which allows drivers to start, accelerate, decelerate, stop and hold the car by using the accelerator pedal alone – without needing to use the brakes.
There is also an Auto Hold function which will maintain the position of the car until acceleration is required. Altogether Nissan is suggesting that Leaf drivers will only require the brake pedal 10 per cent of the time compared to other vehicles.
Another feature of the new Leaf is the Nissan Intelligent Mobility active safety equipment such as a 360-degree intelligent around-view monitor with moving object detection, intelligent cruise control, intelligent emergency braking – with pedestrian protection, intelligent cruise and trace control and intelligent lane intervention.
Also featured on the Leaf in terms of safety kit are rear cross traffic alert, push-button start, high beam assist, satellite navigation, ISOFIX anchor points and front and rear parking sensors.
Infotainment and technology features are taken care of with an 8.0-inch touchscreen display and 7.0-inch advanced drive assist display. Internally there is also a heated steering wheel and leather accented seats.
Leaf owners are supported by EV installation experts JET Charge, the company is Nissan’s preferred charger installer.
The Leaf now packs 110kW of power – up 38 per cent versus the outgoing model – and 320Nm of torque, an increase of 14 per cent over the first generation.
The Nissan Leaf will be available in six colours: Arctic White, Ivory Pearl with black roof, Magnetic Red, Pearl Black, Platinum and Gun Metallic.
With the 2019 Nissan Leaf set to arrive mid next year, full pricing and local specifications are expected to be announced closer to the Australian launch.
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