Leaf-ing Into The Future

In recent times, European countries have announce that they are banning the fossil fueled vehicle sales, thus encouraging the sales of electric vehicle. As Nissan being one of the early adopters of electric vehicles, they’ve started selling the 1st generation Nissan Leaf in Malaysia a couple of years back. In order to continue to stay at the forefront of Electric Vehicle (EV) technology, Edaran Tan Chong Motor Sdn Bhd (ETCM) launch the 2nd generation Nissan Leaf in Malaysia.

Powering the Nissan Leaf is a new e-powertrain that produces 150PS (110kW) and 320Nm from the electric motor. This brings the car from standstill to 100kph in 7.9 seconds while the car tops out at 155kph which is electronically limited.

Nissan fitted the 40kWh lithium-ion battery in the lower part of the chassis, which achieve low center of gravity. A full-charge for the battery will be able to travel a distance of 311km base on the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC). Nissan puts the Leaf battery through some rigorous quality and durability tests, such as flood test and thunderbolt test to ensure the battery will be able to handle our normal usage.

To juiced up the Nissan Leaf, you are given a standard 6.6kW Wall Box Charger that will fully charge the Nissan Leaf in 7 hours. If you need to charge the car when you’re out and about, you can use the 50kW quick charger that you can find in shopping malls that will charge the car up to full in approximately an hour.

The Nissan Leaf is also equipped with the world’s 1st e-Pedal that allows the driver to do 1 pedal driving. 1 pedal driving means you can accelerate, decelerate, and stop just by increasing and decreasing the pressure applied on the accelerator. When the accelerator is fully released, regenerative and friction brakes are automatically applied, bringing the car to a complete stop.

Another unique innovation in the Nissan Leaf is that it has a bi-directional charging capabilities. This future proof technology allow Leaf owners to share energy that is store in it’s battery with homes, businesses or even communities.

With a Drag Co-efficient of 0.28, the Leaf is a sharp, and dynamic looking car that gives it a sleek profile. The signature features of the All-New Nissan Leaf are the new Diamond Inspired Holographic Grille, Boomerang LED Daytime Running Lights, Headlamps and Rear Combination Lamps, Iconic Two-Tone ‘Floating’ Roof and 17-inch Diamond Cut ‘Turbine’ Alloy Wheels.

The interior of the Nissan Leaf comes with a Sporty Flat-Bottom Leather Steering Wheel with control switches, the 7” multi-info display meter and luxurious Leather Alcantara appointed seats for a premium, supremely quiet ambience. The cargo space of the Nissan Leaf is rated at 435 litres. With the seats down, and it expands to 1,176 litres of available storage. Additionally, the Climate Control Timer can be programmed to a specific time to help keep the All-New Nissan Leaf cool and comfortable even before the driver enters the vehicle, making every journey even more relaxed and enjoyable.

On the safety front, the Nissan Leaf is also packed with various Nissan Safety Shield technologies that keeps you and your passengers safe on the roads. The list of safety features includes:

  • Intelligent Forward Collision Warning (FCW)
  • Intelligent Forward Emergency Braking (FEB)
  • Intelligent Around View Monitor (I-AVM) with Moving Object Detection (I-MOD)
  • Intelligent Driver Alertness (I-DA)
  • Intelligent Ride Control
  • Intelligent Trace Control
  • Hill Start Assist
  • Vehicle Dynamic Control
  • Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) with Brake Assist (BA)
  • Electronic Braking Distribution

The Nissan Leaf is also equipped with 6 SRS Airbags and was awarded with a maximum 5-star safety rating in JNCAP[1] (Japan New Car Assessment Program).

You have a choice of having 2 tone of single tone exterior colours. For the two tone options, you can get the car in Pearl White body and Deep Blue Pearl roof, or you can get the car in Magnetic Red body and Super Black roof. If you’re a fan of single tone coloured car, you can get the car in Brilliant Silver, Super Black, Gun Metal Grey and Deep Blue Pearl. The interior will be line with either Graphite Black or Stone Grey colour.

Priced at RM 188,888, the Nissan Leaf comes with 3 years/100,000km warranty, and 3 years/60,000km free service. To top it off, the car battery comes with an 8 years/160,000km warranty. If you’re not willing to part with RM188k, Nissan actually allows you to subscribe to the Nissan Leaf for RM3,500 per month for a 3 years contract.

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