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New blossoming for Nissan LEAF, the original mass-market EV

The new Nissan LEAF will arrive in Australia in August.

And though the small, 100 per cent electric car has a new look outside, the LEAF will still deliver 270km and the LEAF+ 385km of all-round driving range.

But the price from $50,990 for the LEAF and $61,490 for the LEAF e+.

The model has a lot of technology updates. They include a new smart rear-view mirror with a digital feed from the rear camera.

Nissan LEAF was introduced in 2012, and a Nissan spokesperson says that makes it the world’s first mass-market EV.

Nissan Australia managing director Adam Paterson says: “With more people now considering an EV as their next new car than ever before, electric vehicles are no longer the cars of tomorrow — they’re the cars of right now.

“And I’m proud to say the Nissan LEAF has been leading that charge for 10 years in Australia.”

ON THE OUTER

The new Nissan LEAF has new badging, a revised front grille and a darkened headlight finisher.

Nissan LEAF.
Camera IconNissan LEAF. Credit: Supplied

There’s a new 17-inch alloy wheel design, a new rear diffuser and sporty rear spoiler and side sills.

The car has dusk-sensing LED headlights with auto levelling, LED rear lights and daytime running lights, heated door mirrors, and front and rear fog lights.

HEAR IT COMING

While EVs’ near-silent electric powertrain means they are nice and quiet inside the car, they always throw up the question about pedestrians and other road users not being able to hear them coming.

Nissan LEAF.
Camera IconNissan LEAF. Credit: Supplied

Nissan LEAF’s solution is Canto sound — a “sonic identity” designed to be audible, but not alarming, to those outside the vehicle, even on busy city streets.

A spokesperson explains: “Activated at speeds of less than 30km/h, the Canto sound is composed to vary in pitch whether the vehicle is accelerating, slowing, or reversing, helping to keep other road users safe without disturbing the vehicle’s occupants.”

The LEAF also has intelligent cruise control; front, front-side and side-curtain airbags; front and rear parking sensors; and a 360-degree around-view monitor with moving object detection.

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