The company Nissan completely disclosed the data on the new generation of electric hatchback Nissan Leaf 2019-2020. The official premiere of the fifth generation of the second generation will take place in September at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The new model received a striking sporty body design, an improved interior with a more advanced multimedia version, a larger battery capacity battery, a new 150-horsepower electric motor and several advanced help systems, including the electronic accelerator pedal e-Pedal and the truncated version of the ProPilot autopilot.
At home, in Japan, the new Nissan Leaf 2019-2020 will go on sale on October 2 at a price of 3.15 million yen, which at the current exchange rate is equivalent to 1.66 million rubles. In the United States and Europe, an electric vehicle will not be available until January 2019. In the American market, traditionally one of the most important for the model, the initial price of Nissan Leaf 2 will be 29,990 dollars (1.7 million rubles). And now important information for domestic motorists. According to the statements of the Russian office of Nissan, work is underway to bring a new generation of electric cars to our market, however, the exact dates for the beginning of sales are not yet called. Most likely, the new Leaf will appear in Russia in the middle or the second half of 2019.
The increased interest in updating the Japanese hatchback is explained by the fact that today it is the most popular electric car in the world. Since the debut in 2010, the model has sold more than 283 thousand copies, with about 40% of all sales fell to the US market. In recent years, the situation for the Nissan Leaf is developing in such a way that more and more competitors are coming to the heels. That only there are sold in the amount of 190 thousand pieces of elevator Tesla Model S and collected 455 thousand pre-orders sedan Tesla Model 3 . Also do not give a free sigh Renault Zoe, Chevrolet Bolt and BMW i3 . Not surprisingly, the Japanese hastened to roll out the 2nd generation of the Leaf, giving it a mass of previously inaccessible opportunities. Running a little ahead, we will say that the modernization was a success, but will this novelty at least keep the position of the predecessor, and how to maximize the success? The answer to this question we will receive after the start of sales, now we will begin to review the car.
The new look of Nissan Leaf
One of the main trumps of the new electric car Nissan should be a new, more stylish and aggressive, appearance. Designers completely redrawn the nose part of the model body, endowing it with predatory LED headlights with dual projectors and the V-Motion radiator grille with a blue three-dimensional blue cover hidden beneath the dark panel, hinting that it was a representative of the EV class. The front bumper of the car acquired sporting outlines with a clearly traced aerodynamic body kit, and the hood got a much more expressive rib relief.
Pictures of Nissan Leaf 2019-2020
In the profile and from the rear, the updated hatchback looks as dynamic as possible. A vigorous and assertive image forms a hood almost at the same angle and the windshield frame, smoothly descending to the stern, the roof line, the uplifted line, the heavily laden rear pillars, stylish boomerangs of the rear lamps, the two-tone body color with the contrasting top, the powerful rear bumper with an organically inscribed in his body diffuser. In general, the new Nissan Leaf looks much more interesting and attractive than the previous version of the model.
The color palette of the electric car body enamels will differ depending on the market, but the most popular ones should be white, yellow, red, green and blue shades. For the roof, racks and mirror housings there are two contrasting colors – black and dark blue.
Correction of the shape and design of some body elements affected the overall dimensions of the Nissan Leaf. With the wheelbase preserved at 2700 mm, the length of the machine increased by 35 mm (up to 4480 mm), the width increased by 20 mm (up to 1790 mm), the height was reduced by 10 mm (up to 1540 mm). The decrease in height was the result of the understatement of the hatchback, which also led to a shift down the center of gravity and a reduction in the ground clearance to 150 mm (-10 mm).
Configuration and interior decoration
Strongly transformed from the outside, the Japanese electric vehicle has changed no less in scale. The front panel, the console and the tunnel were radically revised. The developers have tried to maximally conveniently arrange the control elements and increase the information content of the available displays. The instrument panel received a slightly different layout with an analog speedometer and a multifunctional screen, pleasing to the pleasing graphics and easy to read data representation.
The main multimedia complex with a 7-inch color screen located in the center of the console, acquired new features, for example, added support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. In addition, the system provides easy control of audio and navigation, displays the status of charging the battery, displays the schedule for the safety system Safety Shield, provides access to services NissanConnect. Check the degree of charging of the battery and control the air conditioner can be remotely, using a smartphone.
The central tunnel was thoroughly rebuilt in order to improve the ergonomic component. So, the coasters moved back and settled accurately between the front seats, and at the base of the console appeared a convenient compartment for gadgets, next to which are a USB port and a 12-volt socket.
The interior quality of Nissan Leaf visually became higher. In finishing, fabrics, natural leather, matte and glossy inserts are used. A characteristic feature is the use of a blue thread for stitching the upholstery of armchairs, armrest, door panels, steering wheel. Also, blue accents are placed on many elements of interior decoration, the colors have scales in the instrument cluster.
Cargo area Nissan Leaf
The dimensions of the saloon of the electric car with the change of generations are almost unchanged, so that it is still ready to accommodate up to 5 passengers, three of which can comfortably sit behind. But the luggage compartment of the Japanese managed to expand, resulting in its volume increased by 65 liters and now the base capacity is 435 liters.
Advanced Help Systems
The new Nissan Leaf boasts the widest range of electronic assistants, including the completely new ProPILOT, ProPILOT Park and e-Pedal systems.
Trunk autopilot ProPILOT, included recently in the arsenal Kashkaya , is able to drive independently on the highway within the occupied band. The car will accelerate itself and slow down until it stops. If it was short-term (up to 3 seconds), then the Leaf will resume the movement without the driver’s participation, otherwise it will take a short press of the accelerator pedal. Set the speed can be in the range of 30-100 km / h.
ProPILOT Park system operation
ProPILOT Park – an advanced car parker who knows how to park the car in parallel, perpendicular and at an angle to the roadway. The system takes all the functions on itself, carrying out manipulations with gas and brake, and also independently rotating the steering wheel. When maneuvering, it relies on the testimony of 12 ultrasonic sensors and 4 high-resolution cameras.
The most interesting option is e-Pedal – the electronic accelerator pedal, which allows you to simultaneously perform both acceleration and braking. This function is activated by a special button on the tunnel. After it is turned on, when the gas pedal is depressed, the car starts to gain speed, but as soon as the pedal is released, the car enters the regenerative mode and the car slowly slows down until it stops. Thus, the electric car can be controlled without shifting the foot from the accelerator pedal to the brake pedal. As representatives of the company Nissan mark, in 90% of cases it is not required.
In addition to the above-mentioned new electronic systems, the new Lifu will be equipped with classic assistants: emergency braking, warning of leaving the band, blind zone monitoring, circular survey, recognition of traffic signs, control of cross traffic.
Specifications Nissan Leaf in the body of 2019-2020 year
At the disposal of the second generation electric vehicle was a new electric motor with a power of 150 hp. and the torque of 320 Nm (in the previous unit, the indicators are more modest – 109 hp and 254 Nm). The characteristics of the traction lithium-ion battery, which now has a capacity of 40 kWh, were improved, while the pre-reform version had only 30 kWh. The increase in electrical potential did not affect the size of the battery, which, as before, is located in the compartment under the floor.
According to the passport, the reserve of the new Nissan Leaf is 378 km in the European NEDC cycle and 241 km in the near real American EPA. Compared to the restyling machine of the previous generation, the mileage without recharging in the NEDC cycle increased by as much as 128 km.
The updated Leaf seriously added in the accelerating dynamics, having satisfied with the spurt to 100 km / h in 9.8 seconds (the model of the first generation had 11.9 seconds). Thus the maximum speed of the car has grown to 144 km / h (+4 km / h to the old indicator). Preserve control of the five-door at high speeds and with the passage of steep turns will help the reconfigured suspension, added to the rigidity and received thickened stabilizers of lateral stability. The very same scheme of the running gear remained the same – the front MacPherson and the rear torsion bar.
Charging Nissan Leaf at the station
To charge the battery of an electric hatchback Nissan it is possible either from an ordinary socket with capacity of 3 kW, or from a special terminal. In the first case, you will have to wait for 16 hours, in the second – only 40 minutes (the capacity will be replenished by 80%). After a series of tests engineers changed the angle of the charging port to 45 degrees, which will provide people with different growth the same level of convenience when connecting the cable. It is curious that the Lifa battery is allowed to be used not only for its intended purpose, but also as a power source for household appliances in a dwelling house disconnected from the power grid.
In 2019, the Japanese company promises to bring to market a more powerful Nissan Leaf with a battery capacity of 60 kWh. This version will be able to cover a distance of 320 km between the charges in the EPA cycle.