The Leaf has been one of the first electric cars to be truly successful. However, the previous model was getting old so Nissan had to do something about it. Well, not that long ago they revealed the all new 2019 Nissan Leaf. The car is a major upgrade over its predecessor as it features newer technology and quite a few more features. The end result is an electric vehicle that costs not much more than before while having three times the range. Sadly not everything is perfect about the new Leaf. Even so, the car is getting close to perfection, so we are quite sure Nissan is going to eventually getting it right.
Despite what most rumors seemed to suggest a while back, it looks like the new Leaf is based on the same architecture as its predecessor. This is both good and bad. For starters, it means that Nissan didn’t have to spend that much on development, so the money went in upgrading other areas of the car. However, this doesn’t mean the platform is great. While it is relatively comfortable, the car is not that great to drive as the steering is full and unresponsive.
Even so, it still manages to be better than some of its rivals which is good to see. Another interesting part of the car is the fact that it now features a semi-autonomous mode. The 2019 Nissan Leaf can be had with a $2,200 package which includes all the usual safety technologies. On top of that, the system can accelerate and decelerate all on its own which is a feature we have only seen in much more expensive cars than the Leaf. This also has an emergency shutdown feature which will stop the car all by itself in case something goes wrong with the driver.
2019 Nissan Leaf Release and Price
The new Leaf is already available for sale in most markets around the world. The car starts at roughly $31,000, when including the destination charge, and it features the most complete experience for the price. The higher end models, which can go up to north of $40,000, are not as good though as these have to face tough competition from the Tesla Model 3.
The 2019 Nissan Leaf is no longer featuring that really unusual look of its predecessor. Instead, the car now looks a lot more like a bigger Micra which is interesting to see. There is a large, but fake, grille in the front, new headlights as well as a more aggressive bumper. The overall shape of the car didn’t change much but the proportions did change slightly. The rear hatch has a more aggressive rake, the bumper features a diffuser while the wheels are larger. As a result, the Leaf has to be one of the better looking electric vehicles on sale for under $50,000.
Another major step forward has to be the cabin of the car. Unlike its predecessor, the new model features a far more conventional look in here which is definitely going to appeal to a wider audience. The instrument is a fully digital panel, which looks great too, there is a large infotainment system on the center stack while all the buttons are nicely laid out. Over the older model, there is quite a bit more room inside and the visibility is better too. The only real drawback is the fact the fast-charger takes quite a bit of trunk space. The materials in here are pretty average too which definitely spoil the experience.
2019 Nissan Leaf Range
As before, the car features a front mounted electric motor which provides a total of 148 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque. While this may not seem like much, it is more than enough to allow the Leaf to drive at cruising speeds on the highway while also getting there pretty quick. Over its predecessor, the new base model features a 40 kWh battery-pack which is enough to give the car a range of 155 miles. The higher end version of the car on the other hand will feature a 64 kWh battery-pack. This one is set to give the car over 225 miles of all electric range. On top of that, it will also feature a higher capacity charger, so it will take less for a full charge which is quite impressive to see.