IT’S among the most eagerly anticipated car launches this year. The fully electric Nissan LEAF will be in Australian showrooms from August and be priced from $49,990 plus on road costs.
The LEAF is the icon of Nissan Intelligent Mobility, the company’s vision to transform the way people drive and live. LEAF is the world’s best-selling electric vehicle, offering a premium electric driving experience at an affordable price.
To further improve the customer ownership experience, Nissan has partnered with JET Charge, Nissan’s preferred charging equipment installer. JET Charge will assist customers with all of their home charging infrastructure needs.
With more than 11,000 customers having already registered their interest in the new Nissan LEAF, the potential for mass market acceptance of electric vehicles is set for a major leap forward.
The new LEAF comes with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and e-Pedal, among other features. The impressive e-Pedal allows drivers to start, accelerate, decelerate, stop and hold the car by using the accelerator pedal alone without needing to use the brakes.
It also features an Auto-Hold function. It will be available in a single specification, with a 40kWh battery, an improved 110kW of power and 320Nm of torque, all of which should add a degree of exhilaration for the driver thanks to the instant acceleration.
The new model has a driving range of up to 270km, making it perfect for city-based Australians, who drive an average of 38 km/day. While you can fully charge the LEAF within 24 hours, the time drops to 7.5 hours if you have the latest 7kW home charger.
You can also plug your LEAF into a CHAdeMO rapid charger and get from 20 per cent to 80 per cent charge in around 60 minutes depending on charging conditions.
The new Nissan LEAF also has world-first bi-directional charging capabilities. This technology, once established in Australia, will allow owners to use the charge from their car to power their home or business, or return electricity to the grid.
It’s loaded with intelligent tech and safety features including an around-view monitoring with moving object detection, cruise control, emergency braking with pedestrian detection, trace control and lane intervention.
It also gets predictive forward collision warning, rear cross traffic alert, high beam assist, ISOFIX child seat anchor points and front and rear parking sensors.
Inside, there’s an 8-inch touchscreen display, 7-inch advanced drive assist display, satellite navigation, heated steering wheel, leather accented seats and ample space for five.
The new Nissan LEAF is available in six contemporary colours, including Arctic White, Ivory Pearl with black roof, Magnetic Red, Pearl Black, Platinum and Gun Metallic.
Customers can register to pre-order their new Nissan LEAF, with deliveries to commence from August.