Nissan has announced two new versions of the LEAF 3.ZERO electric car. They went on sale from 9 January 2019.
The LEAF 3.ZERO, priced from £31,095 including the £3,500 UK Government Plug-in Car Grant, features the standard 40kWh battery. New body colours and two-tone colour combinations will complete the choices.
The Nissan LEAF 3.ZERO e+ Limited Edition, priced from £36,795 including Government Grant, features a higher output capable of delivering 160kW (217 PS) of power; 340Nm of torque; and a longer driving range expected to be up to 239 miles from a single charge of the bigger 62 kWh capacity battery. Only 5,000 units will be produced for Europe.
With a 25% increase in energy density and 55% increase in energy storage capacity, the Nissan LEAF e+ battery pack is almost the same size and configuration as the pack in the Nissan LEAF 40kWh. Other than a 5-millimetre increase in the car’s overall height (based on 16-inch wheels), the car’s exterior and interior dimensions are unchanged.
With the more powerful motor, acceleration from 50mph to 75mph is nearly 13% quicker. This allows the LEAF e+ to confidently pass slower-moving vehicles, exit corners faster and merge seamlessly with fast-moving traffic. The top speed (97mph) has also increased from the 40kWh version by approximately 10%.
The LEAF 3.ZERO models will feature both e-Pedal and ProPILOT Intelligent Driving technologies.
The e-Pedal is a new driving sensation for many, allowing the driver to start, accelerate, decelerate and stop using only the accelerator pedal. This delivers a seamless, smooth drive and maximum control to the driver through enhanced pedal feedback.
ProPILOT is an advanced driving assistance technology which works on single-lane highways. A ‘hands-on, eyes-on’ system, it allows the car to stop, restart and stay centred in its lane in higher-speed cruising and lower-speed congested traffic scenarios.