Though the base design of the 2019 Nissan Leaf is about to remain unchanged, we are about to see one big novelty for the next year – a new long-range version. This small electric hatchback has been one of the best-selling models in the class for years. Compact design, attractive styling, long range and attractive price were always strong points of this car.
The original model was launched in 2010 and produced until the last year. The second generation comes even better, with improvements in all aspects. The new model rides better, looks better, has more space inside, and have better economy. Considering this recent redesign, we are pretty sure that the next-year model won’t feature bigger design changes.
On the other side, 2019 Leaf is about to get a new version with bigger battery, which practically means longer range as well.
2019 Nissan Leaf redesign
Speaking of the base design characteristics, 2019 Nissan Leaf won’t be changed a lot. The recent redesign has brought numerous changes which made this compact car even better. First of all, there is a new platform which brings plenty of improvement. There is no just weight reduction, but various other improvements in terms of aerodynamics, comfort, noise reduction etc.
The styling is also completely new. The new generation follows the Nissan’s latest design language and definitely looks much more attractive. Also, there are some new, very interesting design solutions. The new model comes with a flat floor, which provides much more space inside. For example, the trunk area is much bigger, despite the fact that battery features pretty much same physical size. Another great achievement is a 0.27 drag coefficient, which is on par with premium sedans like BMW 5 or Mercedes E-Class.
2019 Nissan Leaf powertrain and battery
This is the only aspect of the car where we are going to see novelties for the next year. The 2019 Nissan Leaf will get a new long-range version. The current model comes with a 40-kWh battery pack, which ensures a range around 150 miles. The new version will come with a bigger 60-kWh battery, which indicates that the new version will be able to go around 200-220 miles on a single charge.
On the other side, the electric motor on this version will remain the same. It features a max power of around 150 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque. Such amount of power is enough to provide a 0-60 sprint in about 9.5 seconds, which is a pretty decent time for an electric car with these characteristics. Some reports also suggest that a more powerful version is planned for the future.
2019 Nissan Leaf ProPilot self-driving system
The recent redesign has brought numerous new technologies and design solutions. One of them is Nissan’s ProPilot self-driving system, which should become a standard feature starting from the 2019 Nissan Leaf. This system brings plenty of benefits. It assists the driver by controlling the steering, braking and engine. Besides great help in traffic, this system includes an automatic parking assistance. With such help, the car can maneuver itself into pretty much any space using its combination of 12 sonar sensors and four cameras.
2019 Nissan Leaf release date, price and competition
The 2019 Nissan Leaf will come without bigger changes, so we expect its arrival somewhere late in the year. We also don’t expect changes in price, at least when it comes to base models. The base version will go around 30.000 dollars, but a new long-range model could cost a little bit more.
When it comes to the competition, it is quite tough. There are models like Chevrolet Bolt, VW e-Golf, Ford Focus Electric etc.