The Leaf has been finally retired a short while ago by the manufacturer after being the most successful electric car on the market. In its place they released an entirely new model with the 2019 Nissan Leaf 2.0. There are some differences which make the new version a lot better than its predecessor, even though at its core the two are basically the same car. For example, the new Leaf has more features, newer technologies, as well as a higher range than before. The interesting part is that it managed to achieve all of that while being less expensive than its predecessor. This is rather unusual in today’s market but no unheard of.
Nissan did have to cut a few corners in order to achieve this amount of performance for a lower price. Even though the new Leaf is not nearly as well build as some would like, this car is still one of the cheaper and more capable electric cars on sale. One of the things that helped them keep the development costs down is the fact that the new version of the car has the same platform as its predecessor.
It has average brakes and it uses a relatively basic suspension setup. Even so, the car has a feature that was not easy to achieve. It manages to impress with the amount of structural rigidity it has to offer, especially due to the fact that Nissan was able to increase the rigidity but without increasing the weight. They used new materials such as higher strength steel.
Release date and Price
The new 2019 Nissan Leaf is already available for sale across most markets around the world. The car now starts at around $31,000 being quite a bit cheaper than some of its rivals. With this price, there is no other alternative to the Leaf. When it comes to the higher end models, however, the Leaf is no longer the best option with alternatives such as the Model 3, the price going up around $40,000.
The front has a new grille design, which is sadly fake, swept-back headlights, a lower hood which, aids visibility, as well as a more aggressive bumper. The back of the car has a more aggressive rake to the tailgate and new tail lights.
One other thing that further improves the way the car looks is the floating-roof effect. With all this 2019 Nissan Leaf is a far better looking car than its predecessor ever was. The manufacturer decided to polish it instead of completely redesigning the look of the car.
The interior of 2019 Nissan Leaf
The new 2019 Nissan Leaf has a far more conservative interior compared with its predecessor. It has a relatively modern approach to the electric-car interior, the dashboard having a regular layout with a wide center stack. It has a much nicer steering wheel, a large digital driver’s display as well as a standard infotainment system in place.
The trunk is 25% larger which is a massive increase and there is more room available for the passengers. The materials are slightly worse than in its predecessor but we can say that for now the extra space compensates. For the future we do expect for better seats especially when talking about the base model.
It has basic seats which are not nearly as good as they should be. Some other features they added into the mix are the safety ones. It has a semi-autonomous mode which allows the care to accelerate and decelerate by itself. In case of an emergency this will allow the car to stop, a feature unavailable in most cars at this price.
2019 Nissan Leaf Specs
It is a big bump over its predecessor with the new electric motor offering 147 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque. This new engine allows the Leaf to accelerate faster to 60 while also being able to maintain highway speeds with much more ease.
To keep up with this, Nissan installed a new 40 kWh battery-pack, which will give the car up to 155 miles of all electric range. There will also be a larger battery-pack in place, around 63 kWh which should give the new Leaf close to 225 miles of range.
|2019 Nissan Leaf Specs
|Dimensions And Weight
|3,433 – 3,508 Lbs
|Engine And Transmission
|147 hp/236 lb-ft
|PRICE RANGE: $40,000.
|Competitors:Chevrolet Bolt,Tesla Model 3