Production for the New Nissan LEAF is officially underway at the Smyrna Vehicle Assembly Plant in Smyrna, Tenn., U.S.A. The Nissan LEAF will be available at dealerships nationwide starting next month.
The 2018 Nissan LEAF, along with the 2018 Rogue, offers available ProPILOT Assist technology, which helps drivers navigate stop-and-go traffic by assisting control of acceleration, braking and steering during single-lane highway driving. The Nissan LEAF also incorporates standard Nissan Intelligent Mobility features including: Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) and e-Pedal technology, allowing drivers to accelerate and stop using a single pedal.
The Nissan LEAF has been in production at Smyrna since 2013, with more than 114,550 models sold in the United States since 2011. The 2018 Nissan LEAF will be available in all 50 states at launch at a starting price of $29,9901 and its range will exceed 150 miles on a single charge.
Nissan Smyrna Vehicle Assembly Plant first began producing vehicles in 1983 and has since delivered more than 12 million new cars to date. The Smyrna facility currently produces six models including: Altima, LEAF, Maxima, Pathfinder, Rogue and the Infiniti QX60. It has an annual production capacity of 640,000 vehicles. Apart from the Smyrna plant, the Nissan Oppama Plant in Yokosuka (Japan) and Nissan Motor Manufacturing in Sunderland (England) also manufacture the LEAF for global markets.
A new-generation of the Nissan LEAF
In looks, the New LEAF’s design expresses Nissan’s forward-thinking attitude and its pioneering approach to replacing the world’s best-selling electric vehicle. It is inspired by the IDS Concept car, first shown at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show.
At the front, the signature V-Motion grille goes with the boomerang light signature and floating roof. Furthermore, a clear-blue 3D mesh pattern with a “freezing” motif, on a flush surface inside the V-Motion grille, expresses the LEAF’s uniqueness as an EV. The new LEAF’s projector-beam headlights with dual, direct-lens low and high beams are a first for Nissan.
From the rear, the combination lights feature a unique signature that’s easily recognizable from a distance. A spoiler integrated in the window graphics gives the new LEAF an impressive, sporty look. The low hood blends flawlessly into the windshield and floating roof, creating a sleek silhouette that makes air flow.
In addition, the underfloor and a diffuser-type rear bumper combine to achieve reduced drag and zero lift, resulting in improved vehicle stability. Thanks to the aerodynamic body styling, including a rear bumper with a clear-cut curve and aero-design wheels, the new Nissan LEAF has a 0.28 coefficient of drag.
The interior of Nissan’s popular EV features a roomy, open cabin with the brand’s “Gliding Wing” design language. The redesigned driver information display has a simple, light configuration without excessive decoration. Highlights include a signature vibrant blue stitching on the seats, door trim, armrest and steering; blue, illuminated vehicle start/stop button; shift knob finisher; and a redesigned center console.
Monitors and switches have also been redesigned for smart, stress-free operation. Most notable is the combination of an analog speedometer and a multi-information display. On the left side, the 7-inch, full-color, thin-film transistor (TFT) display shows a power gauge meter by default. The center display has a screen with a flush-surface design allowing the driver to easily operate audio and navigation systems and connect to smartphones intuitively with just a fingertip. The display shows the Safety Shield technology, the vehicle’s state-of-charge and a power gauge, as well as audio and navigation system information. Read more here
The new LEAF is all about the Nissan Intelligent Driving technology which consists the ProPILOT Assist, e-Pedal and the Safety Shield suite. ProPILOT Assist is a single-lane driving assistance technology. Once activated, it can automatically control the distance to the vehicle in front, using a speed preset by the driver (between about 18 mph and 62 mph). The e-pedal is offered as standard equipment on all grade levels. It allows the driver the simplicity of accelerating, decelerating and stopping the car by using the accelerator pedal alone.
As an all-EV vehicle, the new Nissan LEAF takes up the e-powertrain, which offers improved energy efficiency and increased torque and power output. The new e-powertrain delivers an exhilarating, linear driving performance with a power output of 147 horsepower, 38 percent more than the previous-generation LEAF. Torque has been increased 26 percent to 319 Nm (236 lb-ft), resulting in improved acceleration. Even with the additional power output, the new LEAF’s driving range has been increased. The car’s new lithium-ion battery pack delivers an estimated range of 240 km (150 miles), which should satisfy the daily driving needs of the majority of LEAF owners.
There are eight body colors available for the new Nissan LEAF and a two-tone White/Black hue. Alternative interior colors are available as well. The new LEAF is already on sale in Japan; the U.S. and Europe will begin distributing it from January 2018.