The new Nissan Leaf was completely renewed not only technically, but also externally in 2018. The front section of the Leaf picks up on the typical wide V-shaped branded grill from Nissan; only the brand logo has a shimmering blue background and now identifies the vehicle as an electric car. The body was made heavier and more stable due to the higher performance.
Heavy components such as the battery are located in the middle of the chassis and give the Leaf extra stability and cornering dynamics. Outwardly, the new Nissan embodies much more of a dynamic Stromer than the previous model. A striking side line, new projection headlights and the flowing roof emphasize the sporty design. The new, elegant silhouette of the Leaf is also enhanced by the low-lying bonnet. It helps keep the electric car's drag value at 0,28. The new headlights also have one lens each for high and low beam - a novelty for Nissan vehicles.
Equipment trends 2022
The interior of the Leaf has also been redesigned. Blue stitching on the seats, door panels, armrests and steering wheel indicate that the interior of the Leaf is also an electric vehicle. The center console now offers better and easier operation and also the option of integrating the smartphone. The new technologies with which the new Nissan Leaf has been equipped include the ProPILOT, ProPILOT Park and the e-Pedal.
The ProPILOT is designed to ensure safe and relaxed driving in single-lane motorway traffic and, above all, to relieve the driver of work in traffic jams. The ProPILOT Park is a parking system that can take over the entire parking maneuver - turning, braking and accelerating. The e-pedal is probably the greatest innovation: the driver can start, accelerate, brake and stop the vehicle with just one pedal.
The Leaf's electric motor should not only have more dynamic performance thanks to improved energy efficiency and improved torque and drive power, its performance has been increased by 38 percent compared to the first Nissan Leaf. The drive train now has an output of 110 kW (150 hp) and a new torque of 320 Nm. The lithium-ion battery with a net capacity of 39 kWh and a higher energy density enables the new Leaf to have a range of up to 378 kilometers. Thanks to vehicle-to-grid technology, bidirectional charging is possible because the Leaf's battery can now also be used as a mobile energy store.
The e+ version is even more interesting. With a lithium-ion battery with a net capacity of 59 kWh and the more powerful engine with 160 kW (217 hp), it is interesting for the medium-haul range. The combined range here under optimal conditions according to WLTP is 385 kilometers. This means that this Leaf can also be used sufficiently for travel and longer stretches on the motorway.
Prices and equipment options
Prices for the newly designed electric car start at EUR 29.990 for the basic model, including the purchase of the battery for the LEAF (ZE1) MY22 basic model with the 40 kWh battery. (Price list May 2021). The currently highest equipment level e+ TEKNA option with comprehensive additional equipment and 50 kW CHAdeMO connection (compatible with 100 kW) is available for a list price of 42.050 euros. This also includes the large 62 kWh battery pack. The list of interesting special accessories has been expanded. We have selected the most interesting positions from our point of view.
Extras 2022 - Our TOP 3 recommendations for a good resale value
1st winter package (325 euros)
The winter package is standard equipment only in the TEKNA version. These include heated front and rear seats, a heated steering wheel and heated exterior mirrors. The package significantly increased comfort in the cold seasons during our test drives (standard equipment in the TEKNA variant).
2. LED headlight package (550 euros)
LED headlights with LED daytime running lights with automatic height adjustment increase driving comfort in poor visibility. Compared to the halogen headlights, the energy consumption is significantly lower. Height adjustment prevents oncoming vehicles from being dazzled. The cornering light is also part of the package (standard equipment in the TEKNA variant).
3. ProPilot Park (1.200 euros)
If you value a parking aid in the mobile age, you can also order a ProPILOT Park: intelligent autonomous parking system as an accessory. Parking is then left to the assistant. (only available for the Tekna versions)
With these accessories you can definitely achieve good plus points when reselling. When it comes to equipment variants and color combinations, the options are diverse and your own taste and budget are more decisive here.
Article from the green car magazine.
Sources, videos and images: Nissan