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At a Glance: 2018 Nissan LEAF

The all-new 2018 Nissan LEAF sets a new standard in the growing market for mainstream electric vehicles – offering greater range, advanced technologies such as ProPILOT Assist and ePedal, and a dynamic new design. Nissan LEAF continues to be the best-selling 100% electric vehicle in the U.S. and the world.

The new, zero-emission Nissan LEAF also embodies Nissan Intelligent Mobility, the company’s approach to changing the way cars are driven, powered and integrated into society. The three key aspects of Nissan Intelligent Mobility, exemplified by the new Nissan LEAF, are Nissan Intelligent Driving, Nissan Intelligent Power and Nissan Intelligent Integration.

Among the many key features of the redesigned 2018 Nissan LEAF are:

  • A larger capacity 40-kWh battery delivering a 40 percent increase in range to 150 miles1
  • A 37 percent increase in horsepower and 26 percent more torque – 147 hp and 236 ft-lbs respectively, providing stronger acceleration from the all-new e-powertrain
  • Standard 6.6-kW onboard charger
  • Level 1/Level 2 charge cable (standard on SL, available on S, SV)
  • More confident and secure handling
  • Standard Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB), available Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection
  • Available NissanConnectSM with Navigation featuring Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™
  • Enhanced NissanConnect EV telematics
  • All-new exterior and interior styling

Headlining the new Nissan LEAF’s Intelligent Driving technology are ProPILOT Assist and e-Pedal and the company’s heralded Nissan Safety Shield. ProPILOT Assist is a single-lane “hands-on” driving assistance technology. Once activated, it can automatically maintain the distance to the vehicle in front, using a speed and distance preset by the driver. It can also provide steering assistance to help keep the vehicle centered in its lane. If the car in front stops, the ProPILOT Assist system can automatically apply the brakes to help bring the vehicle to a full stop if necessary.

The new 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 — a revolutionary innovation that can change the way people drive. What makes the LEAF’s e-Pedal truly unique is the ability to stop and hold, even on a steep hill.

The 2018 Nissan LEAF’s new lithium-ion battery pack delivers an estimated range of 150 miles1, which should satisfy the daily driving needs of the majority of Nissan LEAF owners. The new battery design adds energy-storage capacity without increasing the size. The battery pack occupies the exact same dimensions as that of the previous-generation Nissan LEAF. The individual cell structure of the laminated lithium-ion battery cells have been improved, representing a 67 percent increase in energy density versus the original 2010 Nissan LEAF model.

To match the improved output of the high-response 110-kW electric motor and inverter, Nissan engineers enhanced the car’s chassis for better stability. Heavy components, including the battery, are placed in the center of the body, helping achieve smaller yaw moments of inertia compared with front-engine vehicles and thereby improving directional stability, enabling smoother cornering.

The new Nissan LEAF’s electric power steering system has a more linear feel that enhances confidence, especially on highways, with enhanced feedback from the road surface. The new Nissan LEAF also comes with Intelligent Ride Control for more precise electric motor torque control generation when cornering, reducing vibration while simultaneously improving ride quality and steering control.

The new Nissan LEAF’s exterior 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. The signature V-Motion grille, the boomerang light signature and the floating roof emphasize the presence of Nissan brand design, giving the Nissan LEAF an appearance similar to other Nissan models, such as the popular Rogue.

Inside, the new Nissan LEAF’s cabin features roominess and openness with the brand’s “Gliding Wing” design language used as a framework. The redesigned driver information display has a simple, light configuration without excessive decoration. It focuses on visibility, creating a tasteful, understated look and feel with both excellent spaciousness and functionality.

While the energy capacity of the lithium-ion battery pack has been significantly increased, the cabin’s interior dimensions remain essentially unchanged and comfortably accommodate five people. What’s more, the rear cargo area has been redesigned to provide increased luggage space, offering 23.6 cubic feet of available stowage. It also allows for easier charging cable storage.

Available technology and convenience features include standard e-Pedal, Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB), automatic on/off headlights, Nissan Intelligent Key™ with Push Button Start, Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System, Streaming Audio via Bluetooth®, SiriusXM® Satellite Radio (SiriusXM® subscription required, sold separately), Hands-free Text Messaging Assistant, Automatic Temperature Control with HVAC timer (7.0-inch information display) and 60/40 split fold-down rear seat.

Also available are NissanConnect with Navigation featuring Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™, NissanConnect Services Powered by SiriusXM®, Bose® Premium Audio with seven speakers, Intelligent Cruise Control (ICC), Quick Charge Port, Blind Spot Warning (BSW), Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), Intelligent Around View® Monitor (I-AVM) and Intelligent Driver Alertness (I-DA).

The new Nissan LEAF is offered with a limited warranty2 covering defects in materials or workmanship for eight years or 100,000 miles, whichever comes first, for the lithium-ion battery pack. Nissan also provides a limited warranty against battery capacity loss below nine bars of capacity as shown on the vehicle’s battery capacity level gauge for the first eight years or 100,000 miles for all models.

In the U.S., one of the largest of the 60-plus worldwide markets where Nissan LEAF is sold, Nissan LEAF is offered in three well-equipped grade levels: S, SV and SL.

Highlights of the 2018 Nissan LEAF include:

Body

  • All-new exterior styling reflecting Nissan design language
  • Low and wide dynamic proportions with good stance and stability, visually low center of gravity
  • Body designed for aerodynamic efficiency with 0.28 coefficient of drag
  • 106.3-inch wheelbase, 176.4-inch overall length, 70.5-inch width, 61.4-inch height
  • Standard rear spoiler, flat underbody with rear diffuser
  • New available LED headlights with “Direct Lens” system that combines stylish design with high illumination performance
  • Available LED Daytime Running Lights
  • Standard automatic on/off headlights, available High Beam Assist (HBA)
  • Layered blue grille
  • Slim-type aerodynamic LED taillights
  • Available fog lights (standard on SL)
  • Body-color front and rear bumpers
  • Revised charge port location for easier use
  • Standard charge port light and door lock
  • Portable trickle charge cable (110V EVSE)
  • Standard dual power remote-controlled heated outside mirrors
  • Chrome outside door handles
  • Eight available exterior colors: Brilliant Silver, Gun Metallic, Jade Frost, Super Black, Scarlet Ember (premium color), Pearl White (premium color), Glacier White, Deep Blue Pearl
  • One two-tone exterior paint treatment: Pearl White/Super Black

Motor and Driveline

  • Front motor/front-wheel drive
  • Single speed gear reducer
  • Battery housed in the floor for optimum vehicle packaging and weight distribution
  • Laminated 40-kWh lithium-ion battery with 24 compact, eight-cell modules
  • High-response 110-kW AC synchronous motor
  • 147 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque
  • 6.6-kW onboard charger
  • 150-mile EPA estimated range1 on a fully charged 40 kWh battery (battery capacity decreases with time and use; actual range will vary depending upon driving/charging habits, speed, conditions, weather, temperature and battery age)
  • Available Quick Charge Port – allows charging to 80 percent capacity in 40 minutes at fast-charging stations (standard on SV and SL, optional on S)
  • Shift-by-wire drive selector
  • Three standard drive modes: Normal, Eco-Mode and B-Mode
  • Standard e-Pedal (advanced 1-pedal operation)
  • Standard Hill Start Assist

Suspension, Steering and Braking

  • Independent strut front suspension with stabilizer bar
  • Torsion beam rear suspension with integrated stabilizer bar
  • Vehicle-speed-sensitive electric power steering
  • Regenerative braking system, allowing Nissan LEAF to produce its own electric energy for storage in its battery
  • Power-assisted front vented disc/solid rear disc brakes with Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA)
  • 16-inch steel wheels with full covers with 205/55R16 Bridgestone Ecopia all-season tires (S grade)
  • 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with 215/50R17 Michelin Energy Saver all-season tires (SV, SL grades)
  • Tire repair kit

Interior Features

  • Nissan “Gliding Wing” form instrument panel. Clean and modern design
  • Five-passenger seating capacity
  • Six-way manual driver’s seat, four-way manual front passenger’s seat
  • Available 6-way power driver’s seat with 2-way lumbar support
  • Bio Suede seat fabric (partially made with bio suede PET materials)
  • Available leather-appointed seating
  • Available heated front seats
  • Available heated rear seats
  • 60/40-split folding rear seat
  • Available heated leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Available rear HVAC duct
  • Passenger seatback pockets
  • High quality gauges with unique EV-IT design for intuitive communication with driver
  • Digital gauges: Speedometer, battery temperature, power meter, remaining energy gauge, capacity level gauge, distance to empty display, Eco indicator, outside temperature gauge
  • Standard trip computer (percent state-of-charge, instant and average energy consumption, driving time, outside temperature and autonomy range)
  • Automatic Temperature Control (ATC)
  • Available hybrid heater system
  • Center console storage
  • Palm shifter
  • AM/FM/CD with MP3/WMA CD playback capability, 4 speakers, 5.0-inch color LCD display
  • Available AM/FM with MP3/WMA playback capability, 6 speakers, 7.0-inch capacitive touchscreen display
  • Available 7-speaker Energy Efficient Series Bose® premium audio system
  • Auxiliary input jack and USB Connection Port for iPod® and other compatible devices
  • Standard Nissan Intelligent Key® with Push Button Start
  • Power windows with driver’s window one-touch auto up/down
  • Power door locks with auto locking feature
  • Remote charge door release
  • Two cupholders (front center console), four bottle holders (door panels)
  • Variable intermittent windshield wipers
  • 12-volt power outlet
  • Front and rear assist grips
  • Floor and trunk carpeting
  • Available cargo cover
  • Standard Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System
  • Available NissanConnectSM with Navigation featuring Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ – with Nissan navigation system with voice guidance 7.0-inch color display with multi-touch control, Nissan Voice Recognition for navigation and audio, HD Radio, SiriusXM® Satellite Radio, SiriusXM® Travel Link™ and SiriusXM® Traffic (SiriusXM® subscription required, sold separately), USB connection port for iPod interface and other compatible devices, Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System, Streaming Audio via Bluetooth®, Hands-free Text Messaging Assistant, NissanConnect Services Powered by SiriusXM® Available NissanConnect with Navigation (standard on SV and SL)
  • Available NissanConnect EV (telematics) – allows remote connection to vehicle, including monitoring battery state of charge/charging status, start charging event and turn on HVAC system (no-charge subscription required)
  • Standard Hands-Free Text Messaging Assistant
  • Standard SiriusXM® Satellite Radio (SiriusXM® subscription required, sold separately)
  • Available HD Radio
  • Available HomeLink® Universal Transceiver
  • Standard RearView Monitor
  • Available Intelligent Around View® Monitor (I-AVM)
  • Standard Black cloth interior trim (S, SV)
  • Two available interior leather trim colors – Black and Light Gray (SL only)

Safety, Security and Driving Aids

  • Nissan Advanced Air Bag System (AABS) with dual-stage supplemental front air bags with seat belt sensors and occupant classification sensor
  • Front seat-mounted side-impact supplemental air bags
  • Roof-mounted curtain side-impact supplemental air bags for front and rear-seat outboard occupant head protection
  • Three-point ALR/ELR seat belts (driver’s seat ELR only) with pretensioners and load limiters
  • Child seat upper tether anchor
  • LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) system
  • Child safety rear door locks
  • Energy-absorbing steering column
  • Zone Body construction with front and rear crumple zones
  • Side door guard beams
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) and Traction Control System (TCS)
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
  • Nissan Vehicle Immobilizer System
  • Vehicle Security System (VSS)
  • Standard Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB)
  • Available Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection
  • Available ProPILOT Assist
  • Available Blind Spot Warning (BSW)
  • Available Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA)
  • Available Intelligent Driver Alertness (I-DA)
  • Available Intelligent Lane Intervention (I-LI)

Models and Manufacturing

  • Offered as three well-equipped models: Nissan LEAF S, Nissan LEAF SV and Nissan LEAF SL
  • Vehicles and batteries assembled in Smyrna, Tennessee
 
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