Nissan Leaf Expert Review

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Introduction

The second-generation Nissan Leaf is here and it has big shoes to fill since the model it replaces was the bestselling EV in the automotive history till now (sold more than 283,000 units globally since 2010). Though it never made it to India, the first-gen Nissan Leaf was the defacto choice in the affordable all-electric space around the world. 

New Nissan Leaf

The new model comes with substantially improved range, enhanced equipment list and sharper and sophisticated styling. The new Leaf becomes more important for the Indian market as Nissan confirmed that it will be tested extensively here in the coming months. This might indicate that the Japanese automaker is finally planning to launch the new-gen version of its famous EV in India.  

New Nissan Leaf

Pros
  • The frog-like bulbous looks have made way for sharper styling
  • Feature loaded: e-Pedal (one pedal drive), autonomous parking, 7-inch infotainment system, extensive safety suite among others
  • Substantial improvement in overall range (nearly 400km in Japanese cycle) and a relatively larger battery pack (40 kWh)
  • Likely India-bound!
Cons
  • The interior is a little bland, compared to its exterior, with a lot of parts lifted from the first-gen model
  • A more powerful version with longer range is still far away (somewhere in 2018)
  • Expected to be a CBU (completely built unit) in the country and thus, more expensive

Stand Out Features

  • ePedal: allows starting, accelerating, decelerating, stopping and holding the car by using the accelerator pedal alone

    ePedal: allows starting, accelerating, decelerating, stopping and holding the car by using the accelerator pedal alone

  • 7-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

    7-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

  • ProPILOT Park: autonomous parking

    ProPILOT Park: autonomous parking

CarDekho Verdict

The new Nissan Leaf has done away with two of the biggest bottlenecks in the previous model – long range and flamboyant styling. And with an even longer range and a go-fast model in the pipeline, it can surely take on the likes of the very popular entry-level model from Tesla, the Model 3, which is India-bound!  

"With the new Leaf being extensively put to test on our soils in the coming months, Nissan makes us optimistic about the introduction of the world’s bestselling electric car in the Indian market. It also supports the Government's not so far-fetched road to zero emission mobility. "

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