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Nissan introduces next-gen Leaf


But Nissan chose to make a big trade-off with its new electric vehicle: The new Leaf's price undercuts the starting prices of both of its principal rivals - but so does its range, just 150 miles.

New technology in the LEAF includes the ProPilot driver assistance system which makes driving safer and easier on single-lane roads, and the ProPilot Park which will automatically control acceleration, steering and braking to park the vehicle.

The new model is upgraded in every way, with a more powerful electric motor that also produces more torque with a battery pack that offers significantly longer range than the model it replaces. Pricing will start at $29,990, $690 less than the 2017 Leaf starting price. This marks a sizable increase over the current Leaf's 107 mile range, but certainly falls short against rivals such as the Chevrolet Bolt EV and Tesla Model 3.

Gone is the frumpy exterior design of the first-generation Leaf in favor a sleeker hatchback that incorporate some Nissan design traits of recent models with one of the most aerodynamic exterior designs in the industry.

The new LEAF is backed by Nissan's "e-powertrain", which it claims offers improved energy efficiency, while battery has also been given a boost to 40kWh, compared to the previous LEAF's 30kWh.

In the same mode, the e-Pedal employs technology that allows the driver to start, accelerate, decelerate and stop by increasing or decreasing the pressure applied to the accelerator for true one-pedal operation. The first is ProPILOT advanced driver assistance system. We'll drive the new Nissan Leaf soon, but in the meantime here are the key features and specs you need to know. However, that time halves if you use a fast-charger; and, you can get the battery up to 80% charge in 40 minutes at a rapid charger.

India's recently announced plans of going all electric by 2030, and that has been the fuel for many a heated discussion about which electric auto will drive India's future. On the inside, you'll find a 7-inch touchscreen and a nice digital/analog driver instrument cluster. When the pedal is fully released, the brakes and the regeneration come on to bring the vehicle to a stop.

Hiroto Saikawa, president and CEO of Nissan, said he wanted the company to progress the role of the vehicle "to be more than simply a mode of transport".

These new features complement the other safety features on the new Leaf, which include Lane Departure Warning, Intelligent Emergency Braking, Blind Spot Warning, Traffic Sign Recognition, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and Intelligent Around View Monitor. However, under heaving braking the brake pedal is still required.

The new model of the electric vehicle will be launched in the USA in all the 50 states, early next year.

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