2018 Nissan Leaf Offers More Power, Improved Range And Better Handling

The new Leaf has proven to be a major commercial success for Nissan, with the Japanese carmaker claiming that it’s already Europe’s fastest-selling electric vehicle.

Nissan sells a new Leaf every 12 minutes, with orders in Europe now past the 19,000 mark, giving the new Japanese electric model a significant edge over its not-so-many rivals in the region.

The new Leaf appears to have improved in every single aspect compared to the original. It now offers more power, as it features a 147hp (150PS) electric motor, and can travel further on a single charge thanks to the new 40kWh battery pack.

The official range of the 2018 Leaf is rated at 235 miles (378km) on the NEDC cycle, but in real life it’s safer to expect the new electric Nissan to travel up to around 150 miles (240 km) before it depletes its battery charge, according to Carwow’s review.

The more powerful electric motor also means that the new Leaf is also quite swift, with Nissan claiming a 0-62mph (0-100km/h) acceleration time of 8.2 seconds. The innovative e-Pedal also works great, allowing the driver to basically operate the vehicle almost without touching the brake pedal.

Add to that Nissan’s semiautonomous ProPilot system, which apparently works better than similar self-driving systems in other cars, and you get the feeling that the new Leaf is not just another electric car but a really clever purchase.

VIDEO

  • Six_Tymes

    if i had money for a new car, id buy one. I really like this car.

    • Bash

      +1 … right now, Its the only proper alternative to me and my perspective. Honda clarity and insight are not my thing and please don’t get me started on the Prius design. lol

      • S3XY

        I see you like Batman, my Volt is the Batmobile

  • SteersUright

    Im still waiting for a truly desirable and affordable electric vehicle. They’re all either practical, ugly, and boring or mega expensive.

    • S3XY

      Volt is the best EV available if you can’t afford a Tesla.

      • SteersUright

        Agreed. I’ve read its mostly excellent. But what I meant by “truly desirable” is something exciting, sexy, fun to drive…the Volt, despite being excellent, doesn’t really do those things for me.

Out Of Control RV Goes Flying Into Departing Ferry, Driver Gets Killed

The driver is being praised a hero for honking his horn to alert people to get out of the way.

Guy Martin Drives A 1,000 HP Tractor To Record-Setting 103.6 MPH

The record for the fastest tractor was once held by Top Gear’s The Stig, but now it’s been blown out of the water .

2020 Genesis G80 Now Available In Australia With 311 HP V6, Two Trim Levels

Genesis’ luxury sedan has a comprehensive list of standard equipment and is priced from $69k AUE.

Hyundai Said To Be Planning Electric Compact SUV, Could Launch In 2021

The rumored EV will sit on a dedicated platform and slot above the Kona Electric in Hyundai’s range.

New BMW Z4 M40i Unleashes Its True Potential Courtesy Of G-Power

The German roadster now packs a mighty 493 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque.

Fiat Panda Waze Returns To The Lineup With New Two-Tone Option

Featuring standard Waze navigation, the new special edition has a contrasting black roof and gloss black accents.

Dodge Charger Hellcat Widebody Will Make A Nice Entry In The Muscle Car Class

The Charger Widebody should be offered with three different engine options, topped by the Redeye.

Jeep Driver Rolls Through Stop Sign And Gets Pummeled

The driver of this Jeep Cherokee failed to yield to the cammer and paid a hefty price.

Autobahn Hit With Speed Limits Due To High Temperatures

Fearing of cracks caused officials to enforce speed limits in usually unrestricted sections.

Get Your Hyundai Serviced At Official Dealer, Enjoy Free Lyft Ride Home

Hyundai owners won’t need to have a Lyft account of the ride-hailing app on their smartphone.