By Stewart Smith on 2017-09-06 - Stewart was the former motoring editor of the Coventry Telegraph and is now a freelance contributor to Eurekar. He is based in Scotland and specialises in First Drive reviews.
Nissan Leaf to go
further in 2018
NISSAN has revealed its latest Leaf all-electric model which will be on sale in the UK in January.
The new Leaf - built in Britain at Nissan's Sunderland factory - is packed with new technology that will embrace the early steps of advanced driver assistance.
Innovations include the e-Pedal which Nissan claim will allow motorists to drive and brake in a totally new and seamless way.
The range of the new Leaf has also been increased and the vehicle is capable of covering 235 miles on a single charge.
A higher capacity model with increased motor power and battery capacity allowing the Leaf to travel even further will be introduced towards the end of next year.
Styling has changed inside and out, with sleeker body lines.
The latest Leaf features three core new 'intelligent' driving technologies.
The first is Nissan's semi-autonomous ProPILOT advanced driver assistance system. Used during single-lane driving on the highway, it makes the drive easier, less stressful and more relaxing by helping to keep the car on track automatically.
The second is ProPILOT Park, which will take control of all steering, acceleration, braking and gear selection to guide the car automatically into a parking spot.
Also included is the e-Pedal, a new technology that allows drivers to start, accelerate, decelerate and stop just by adjusting input upon the accelerator pedal.
When the accelerator is fully released, regenerative and friction brakes are applied automatically, gradually bringing the car to a complete stop. The conventional brake pedal must still be used in aggressive braking situations.
New body design features include Nissan's signature V-motion grille similar to the Nissan X-Trail and Qashqai. It also has a floating roof and sleek LED headlamps.
The redesigned interior features blue stitching in the seats, dashboard and steering wheel and comes with a new look seven-inch, full-colour display. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto have been added to the infotainment system in cars equipped with the navigation system.
The new Nissan LEAF replaces the first-generation model, which has become the world's best-selling electric vehicle. More than 283,000 have been sold globally since the model went on sale in 2010.
Prices have yet to be announced, but the existing Leaf starts at around £26,000.
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