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Nissan Leaf e+ to widen top-seller’s market appeal

  • New Nissan battery-car trembling on the brink
  • More power, quicker acceleration from bigger battery
  • Bigger engine, more road-driving range
2019 NISSAN LEAF: Bigger battery, more power and greater range for 2019. Image: Nissan Japan
2019 NISSAN LEAF e+: Bigger battery, more power and greater range for 2019. Image: Nissan Japan

YOKOHAMA, Japan – Nissan has unveiled an addition to its model fleet badged as the Nissan Leaf e+, to, the automaker says, ”broaden the appeal of the world’s best-selling electric car”.

The units have a new and more powerful motor and about 40% greater driving range thanks to a battery pack with ”greater energy density” than its predecessors

Daniele Schillaci, Nissan’s executive vice-president, told The Corner in a media release that the car would now have a choice of power trains to be ”more convenient and appealing”.

JANUARY IN JAPAN

More than 380 000 Leaf units have been sold globally since their launch in 2010. Modern units are more advanced thanks to a semi-autonomous driving system and one-pedal control.

The Nissan Leaf e+ is scheduled to join the Nissan Leaf in showrooms n Japan towards the end of January 2019 Nissan dealerships in Japan in late January 2019, those in the US some weeks afterwards.

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Europe will be supplied around the middle of the year but Nissan SA neglected to tell us if / when the cars might reach South Africa.

The high-capacity battery and more powerful motor can deliver 160kW and 340Nm. Acceleration from 80-120km/h – perhaps when joining a motorway – is said to be 13% quicker.

The cars in the mentioned markets will be delivered with an eight-year or 160 000km warranty on the power pack. No pricing has yet been announced.

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