Nissan has announced prices for its new Leaf electric vehicle, with deliveries beginning in February. Prices for the new car range from £21,990 for the entry-level Visia model up to £27,490 for the top-spec Tekna car.
The second-generation version of the Leaf has completely revised styling compared with its predecessor, ditching the futuristic curves for something more conventional. Range increases by 50 percent to an official rating of 235 miles on the NEDC test – the launch version of the new car comes with a more powerful 40kWh powertrain, but the EV is also set to get a more powerful version next year that has an even longer range.
There has even been promise of a Nismo version of the car that will place an emphasis on keen performance – a concept car was revealed at the Tokyo motor show in November last year.
|On-the-road price (including £4,500 government grant)|
|2.Zero (special edition)||£26,490|
The new Leaf is being built in Nissan's Sunderland factory, although there had been fears that Nissan would move production of the car elsewhere in the world because of the economic uncertainty around the UK.
The Japanese car maker hopes that the Leaf's fancy new tech features will be a draw – the car gets Nissan's new ProPilot autonomous system that allows in-lane autonomy and takes over steering, acceleration and braking at speeds between 19 and 62mph.
There's also ProPilot Park, a park-assist system that Nissan says will get a car into a parking space at the press of a button. The system will detect the space automatically and do everything hands-free to dock into it. But the really clever function is the new Nissan Leaf's e-Pedal, insists the Japanese company. It has the usual brake and accelerator, but a 'one-pedal' drive will be offered by pressing and releasing the accelerator – the car can even come to a complete halt and remain there until you press the accelerator again.
Inside, the centre of the dash offers a wide touchscreen backed up by TFT dials in the instrument panel. It's more practical too – you can stow phones in the centre console as well as space for two cups, three seats in the back and 435 litres of luggage space in the better-shaped boot. Cars with satnav feature Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, although a variation of the old car's cool circular gearknob remains.