Quick Spin — Nissan Leaf Review

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You can also use the NissanConnect EV app to charge the Leaf on a timer, start the climate control before you need to unplug and hit the road and to check your Leaf range. While that's a sizable upgrade from the current Leaf's 107-mile range, it's well short of the vehicles seen as its principal rivals: The Model 3 will come with 220 miles of range in its most affordable version, while the Bolt sports a 238-mile range rating. It's the tech that will help drivers out as they do it.

Nissan was an innovator in the sector seven years ago when it unveiled its first Leaf - which has sold 280,000 units - but has since had to contend with fierce competition from General Motors and Tesla among others. The Bolt, by comparison, starts at $36,620 while the Model 3 starts at $35,000. There isn't a recommended retail price for the United Kingdom yet, but in Japan the price of the new LEAF will start at 3,150,360 yen which is equivalent to around £22,000. The new Nissan Leaf Electric vehicle will go on sale starting Europe from January 2018. It also comes with optional new "ProPilot" semi-autonomous driving features that can keep the vehicle centred in a motorway lane and stop it from hitting objects in front, as well as being able to park itself. Also standard is a 38 percent increase in power to 147 horsepower.

The new Nissan Leaf boasts semi-autonomous driving capabilities such as keeping the vehicle automatically in one lane on the motorway or parking without human intervention, features that could be popular with Sri Lankan women drivers.

The Nissan is priced lower than the other two but also doesn't match up to them in the power output, driving range and features department. "You don't want to alienate those people", he said. Its exterior styling is attractive in a mainstream sort of way, something that can't be said about the outgoing model's quirky looks. And while that range is important in the US, he noted it is not as significant in other markets. Nissan not only plans a longer-range variant of the Leaf for 2019, but a Nissan designer let it slip that a Nissan Leaf Nismo is absolutely a possibility.

The new Leaf is rated for 248 miles in Japan, 235 miles in Europe, but only 150 miles in the U.S., due to different range tests for electric vehicles in different territories.

The Leaf is the world's best-selling electric vehicle, selling a cumulative almost 300,000 so far.

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Nissan said Japan has 28,000 charging stations and more are being added.

On the day of the Leaf rollout, General Motors announced that the Bolt is now available in all 50 USA states. There would be a bunch of extra features also available inside the auto, which is yet to be revealed by the company.

At the outset, the vehicle would be available only to Japanese consumers.

"It was a case of our team listening to the customer, listening in each region in the country", he says.

Posted: Sep. 5, 2017 8:00 am Updated: Sep.

Nissan Motor Co.is staying out of the battery range arms race.

The 2018 Nissan Leaf has an estimated 150 miles of range with the automaker's latest segment innovations, including a more aerodynamic exterior, advanced driver assistance systems like ProPILOT Assist, and an e-Pedal feature for more efficient driving.

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