Long-range model also offers more power
Nissan has finally introduced a long-range version of the Leaf. The model will travel an EPA-estimated 226 miles (364 km), and it will have more power than the standard version.
Range increases about 40 percent from the regular Leaf, which is rated at 150 miles (241 km). This increase comes thanks to a new 62-kilowatt-hour battery pack. Although it has a greater energy density and increased storage capacity, the new battery is almost the same physical size and configuration as the standard battery.
Nissan says power output has increased to 215 hp, about a 45-percent increase over the current model’s 147 hp. Torque goes up from 236 lb-ft to 250 lb-ft. Top speed is also increased by 10 percent, and Nissan says accelerating from 50 to 75 mph (80 to 120 km/h) is 13 percent quicker.
Nissan has optimized the e-Pedal feature to accommodate the new model’s additional power and increased mass. E-pedal adds strong regenerative braking, allowing drivers to start, accelerate, and decelerate only with the accelerator pedal.
When it comes to charging, expect the new model, via a 100-kilowatt quick charger, to achieve similar charging times to the regular Leaf with a 50-kilowatt (DC) fast charger. That should mean up to an 80-percent charge in 40 minutes. Opting for the long-range model doesn’t change the battery warranty of 8 years or 100,000 miles (161,000 km), whichever comes first.
The new model receives an 8-inch display with an updated navigation system that links to your smartphone. Customers can also now update apps, maps, and firmware over the air with the touch of a button.
In the U.S. and Canada, the new model will be sold under the Leaf Plus Series.Other markets will call it the Leaf e+. Trim levels will include S Plus, SV Plus, and SL Plus.
The long-range Leaf goes on sale in the U.S. in spring 2019, so expect pricing to be announced closer to launch.