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New Nissan Leaf offers longer range and more

The latest versions of Ireland’s best selling electric vehicle the Nissan Leaf are now on sale here, including the longer-range 62kWh Leaf, building on it’s status as the best-selling EV in the World. The new 62kWh Nissan LEAF starts from €37,840 for SV grade.

Unveiled in Japan earlier this year, Nissan says that the new Leaf offers customers a raft of technology upgrades, adding even more to the choice and ownership benefits offered by the award-winning EV family. The addition of the flagship 62kWh Leaf broadens it’s appeal and ownership benefits even further, by increasing the range of the battery to a claimed 385km on a single charge.

All new Leaf versions come as standard with the new NissanConnect infotainment system, with features including ‘Apple CarPlay’ and ‘AndroidAuto’ allowing for seamless smartphone connectivity. Customers also benefit from an upgraded navigation system, which features ‘TomTom Live’ premium traffic and route optimisation, as well as the inbuilt ‘Online Map Update’ facility and ‘Chargers Location’ functionality.

An all-new NissanConnect Services app comes as well with the new Leaf versions. With the app, users can send navigation routes from their smartphone to their car and from their car to their smartphones through the ‘Door-to-Door Navigation’ facility, enabling an easier transition from navigation, to parking, and to final destination.

The remote climate control functionality, gives them the option to preset air conditioning or heating while their Leaf is still plugged in, whilst information and analysis on trips and driving style can also be accessed from their smartphone.

Nissan also says that the new Leaf also offers a number of new design options, with a total of 10 body colours and seven two-tone body and roof colour combinations allowing owners to give their LEAF a bold visual presence.

Building on the 40 kWh Leaf’s already impressive performance and efficiency, the range-topping 62kWh version offers even greater all-round driving capability with an upgraded powertrain. The model’s compact 62 kWh battery is both efficient and powerful, with a 25% increase in energy density and 55% boost in energy storage capacity, giving the 62kWh Leaf a power output of 217 PS and up to a promised 385 km (WLTP) on a combined cycle – on a single charge.

In keeping with the progressive ethos, the 62 kWh battery’s advanced design incorporates intelligent technology, with its impressive energy density coming from a new battery module design. An innovative laser welding technique on cell joints has reduced the length of the module, whilst a change in the number of lamination layers of the cell allows the module height to be matched to the shape of the vehicle. Alongside the increase in energy density, the battery retains a similar shape and size to the 40 kWh Leaf battery pack, allowing the 62kWh battery to retain it’s interior space and its defined exterior styling.

Fine tuned since the launch of the original Leaf in 2011, an internal thermal management system is also installed in every Leaf, ensuring, according to Nissan that fast charging performance is optimised for specific driving conditions. The system also ensures that the quality and longevity of the battery is maximised, giving customers peace of mind and high levels of performance.

Featuring multiple innovative driving assistance technologies, Nissan says that the new Leaf champions their vision for Intelligent Driving, with the unique e-Pedal available on all versions allowing drivers to start, accelerate and decelerate to a complete stop using only one pedal.

Leaf is also equipped with ‘ProPilot’, an advanced driving feature combining assisted steering, acceleration and braking to help the driver on long commutes and in heavy traffic, both on highways and in single lanes. The Leaf is also equipped with ‘ProPilot Park’, which parks the car automatically and with ease. These driver aids are designed to enhance the driver’s safety, comfort and control on the road.

The new 62kWh Nissan LEAF starts from €37,840 for SV grade, which includes a host of technologies such as Intelligent Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Recognition, Intelligent Trace Control, Moving Object Detection, Intelligent Lane Intervention, e-Pedal with regenerative function, Front & Rear Parking Sensors, Around View Monitor, and much more. On the exterior SV LEAF features 17″ Alloy Wheels, Privacy Glass, LED Day Time Running Lights and LED Rear Signature Lights.

While the range-topping SVE 62kWh LEAF is available from €40,500. Additional technologies include ProPilot, Bose Audio System and Intelligent Auto Headlights with LED Headlights on the interior Heated Leather Steering Wheel, Leather Heated Seats Front and Rear are included.