New Nissan Leaf revealed with semi-autonomous driving capabilities

Nissan Motor said the latest model of its Leaf electric car has a range of 150 miles and will include the company’s Pro Pilot autonomous driving suite

Nissan Leaf has also been equipped with new driver-assist technologies like ProPilot Assit and e-Pedal technology.

The focal point of Nissan Intelligent Power in the new Nissan LEAF is its e-powertrain, which offers improved energy efficiency and increased torque and power output for an enhanced dynamic performance. The Leaf will be the first Nissan in the U.S.to feature the company's ProPilot autonomous driving tech. Most of which have been focused on the automated-driver assistance features, including Nissan's patented ProPILOT semi-autonomous technology and self-parking capabilities. With this, releasing the accelerator slows down or stops the vehicle, similar to pressing a brake. When the accelerator is released, both regenerative braking and conventional friction brakes will bring the vehicle to a complete stop and will hold its position, even on a hill, until the accelerator is depressed again. The pedal serves as both an accelerator and brake.

Koichi Sugimoto, an analyst at Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities in Tokyo, was quick to comment that apart from extended ranges, "there really is no outstanding attractive quality about an electric vehicle", noting drawbacks such as finding charging stations and the time needed to charge. The Japanese price of the new EV is 3,150,360 yen, which means the standard Leaf is likely to cost just over £22,000.

The Japanese automaker returns to claim its throne back, as other green cars have recently taken protagonism away from the pioneer of energy-efficient consumer vehicles.

As far as the styling is concerned the 2018 Leaf comes inspired by the IDS concept auto first seen at the 2015 Tokyo motor show, with Nissan's signature V-Motion grille, projector-beam headlights, and the so-trendy "floating" roof over a contrasting C-pillar.

Hiroto Saikawa, president and CEO of Nissan, said he wanted the company to progress the role of the vehicle "to be more than simply a mode of transport". The refresh fixes that, adding a low, sleek profile and a sleek silhouette. It combines an excellent use of space with functionality. The 7-inch, full-color (TFT) display has been redesigned to highlight key features, such as the Safety Shield technology power gauge and audio and navigation system information.

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.

It will go sale in Japan from October 2. It is slated for deliveries in more than 60 countries, including the United States and in Europe, after January.

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