Despite recent redesign, the Japanese manufacturer already prepares novelties for the 2019 Nissan Leaf. To remind you, the all-new second generation of this compact electric hatchback came a few months ago. We saw some significant change on it, but the core philosophy remains the same.
The original came in 2010 and it was pretty competitive even in last few years, despite its aging. Now the second generation brings various new design solutions. It is not just about better battery pack and range. This hatchback comes with so many novelties that improve its quality.
First of all, the new model features a more attractive look. There is also a new self-driving technology. Finally, there are some new technical solutions that provide better drive quality, as well as more refinement. The 2019 Leaf will get a new version, with a bigger battery and longer range. It will arrive late in the year.
2019 Nissan Leaf design
When it comes to base design characteristics, the new 2019 Nissan Leaf will continue in the same way. The second-generation model came just recently and it brings many novelties. Almost every aspect of the car came with improvements and results are obvious. First of all, the company introduced a new platform, which comes not only with weight savings, but also improvements in terms aerodynamics, noise suspension etc. Of course, there is a completely new styling. The new 2019 Nissan Leaf will come with the pretty much same look as the current 2018-year model. There are brand’s familiar V-motion grille and boomerang lights. Also, the new model comes with a flat floor, which eventually provides much more space inside. So, it is no wonder that there is much more space in the trunk, despite the fact that battery features the same physical size.
2019 Nissan Leaf new technologies
Along with the new design solutions, the company presented some advanced technologies on the new hatchback. The 2019 Nissan Leaf will feature most of them already in the base version. The most notable is definitely new ProPilot self-driving system. The ProPilot controls the Leaf’s steering, braking and engine to assist the driver. It takes the strain off the driver in queuing traffic at speeds of up to 60 mph. Also, this system includes ProPilot Park feature. This means that the car can maneuver itself into pretty much any space using its combination of 12 sonar sensors and four cameras. Besides these advanced self-driving technologies, engineers from Nissan also managed to improve drag coefficient, which now goes around 0.27. This provides a much better ride quality, which is now in a range with some premium saloons like BMW 5 Series or Mercedes E-Class.
2019 Nissan Leaf powertrain
As we already mentioned, the biggest novelty for the 2019 Nissan Leaf will be a new battery pack. The company will offer a new long-range version, which will feature a 60-kWh battery. This capacity should be enough to provide a range around 200 miles. To remind you, the base model with a 40-kWh battery can go up to 150 miles on a single charge.
When it comes to the power, both versions will feature the same electric motor, which is good for about 150 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque. This amount of power is enough to make this car go from 0 to 60 in about 9.8 seconds. Also, there are reports that the company could present a more powerful version, which will go with this new, larger battery pack.
2019 Nissan Leaf release date and price
The 2019 Nissan Leaf should come late in the year. We don’t expect changes in price when it comes to the base model. So, it should go around 30.000 dollars in base variant. On the other side, a new version with a bigger battery will cost a little bit more, naturally.
Competition remains the same. There are various electric cars of the same size and body style. Some of them are Chevrolet Bolt, VW e-Golf, Ford Focus Electric and others.