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07 September 2017, 11:10 | Anita Wise
Nissan Is Making a Bold Bet With Its All-New 2018 Leaf
Well, Nissan seemed to hear my mind pondering this matter, as a fresh press release out of Japan tells us that production production of the new Nissan LEAF will begin in the USA (Nissan's Vehicle Assembly Plant in Smyrna, Tennessee) and UK (Nissan Motor Manufacturing Ltd.in Sunderland, UK) "by the end of calendar year 2017".
Despite the fact the 40 kWhLEAF is now easily one of the most affordable EVs today, the battery capacity is to not high enough to drive average price per mile down low enough to best the Tesla Model 3 or Chevrolet Bolt EV.
"So, I would expect the sales (of the new Leaf) to be larger for this new generation of Leaf".
Although the new Leaf has an accelerator and a brake pedal, the e-Pedal setup allows "drivers use a single pedal for more than 90% of their driving needs".
"The Leaf is the icon of Nissan intelligent mobility with its many advanced technologies".
As the electric vehicle space is set to become more crowded, automakers have to compete beyond battery range to reclaim Tesla buyers that possess Apple-like brand loyalty.
Nissan has also introduced several new technologies on the second-gen Leaf, including autonomous driving functionality. Torque is up 26% to 236 lb-ft., which translates into faster acceleration.
The 2018 Nissan Leaf highlights a few key features that set it apart from the other version. Prices in Japan will start from 3.15 million yen ($28,992). You'll need to factor in an additional $885 destination fee. The 2018 Leaf underscores Nissan's commitment to clean and efficient transportation. Chinese buyers in the mainland will have to wait until 2018 or 2019.
Nissan will also fit the ProPILOT and ProPILOT Park systems, which both aim to make driving easier while on the go and when pulling into a parking space.
Lead Image: New Nissan Leaf electric vehicle is sleeker and less bulbous than previous generation, with longer range and new e-Pedal driving system. It lets drivers start, accelerate, decelerate and stop by increasing or decreasing the pressure applied to the accelerator. It will come to a complete stop and remain stopped until the accelerator is pressed again.
So, what could a Nissan Leaf Nismo encompass? This includes USB connectivity to see your iPhone or Android apps on the screen. "It also has the core competency of future Nissan models".
"For our main customer, who wants that value relationship, .it hits that great balance of getting more range, getting more features, getting the right package and getting a mainstream auto", he said.
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.
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