All-new electric vehicle will be here around May-June, with a single trim grade to be offered initially.
Nissan will offer the new 2019 Leaf in a single trim grade when it arrives, with managing director Stephen Lester confirming deliveries of the electric hatchback will start in May or June next year.
Although we still don't know what it'll cost – Lester wouldn't offer even a 'crumb' to journalists when pressed on the matter today – we know the 40kWh Leaf will lead the charge in Australia, with further variants like the 60kWh E-Plus likely to follow in due course.
The 40kWh variant offers 270km of range on the WLTP test cycle and hits 100km/h in 7.9 seconds thanks to a 110kW/320Nm electric motor on the front axle.
Expect to see LED headlights, 17-inch alloy wheels, privacy glass, power-folding mirrors, dusk-sensing headlights, auto-dimming mirrors, rain-sensing wipers and push-button start on the standard equipment list. And yes, there's no real alternative to push-button start on an electric vehicle...
Other features will include a heated steering wheel, heated front/rear seats and 'leather-accented' trim, while the Leaf will debut Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for Nissan in Australia as well. Better late than never on that last one.
Given it's Nissan's future mobility flagship, the Leaf will come loaded with active safety technology – autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and a 360-degree camera will all be standard on local models.
"Electrified vehicles will represent a third of Nissan volume in Australia during our mid-term plan," Stephen Lester said today, speaking at an event in Sydney.
"By introducing more electric alternatives on several of our key models, we will make mass-market electrification a reality."
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