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Nissan Turns over a New Leaf

The next-generation Leaf now has a range of 241 km thanks to new technology that keeps the lithium-ion battery pack the same size.

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LAS VEGAS, NV: The 2018 Nissan Leaf EV (electric vehicle) was revealed to the world last night (Sept 5) during simultaneous events in Tokyo, Japan, and Las Vegas, Nevada.

The next-generation Leaf now has a range of 241 km thanks to new technology that keeps the lithium-ion battery pack the same size but with 33 per cent greater power density.

When it goes on sale in spring of 2018, it will have a starting price of $35,998 and be available at all 97 Nissan dealerships across Canada.

In Canada it will come with a standard weather package that includes heated front and rear seats, heated steering wheel, and battery heater.

Also standard in Canada will be a Level 1/Level 2 (120v/240v) charger cable.

The new leaf does not have the “I’m saving the planet, I’m saving the planet” lozenge look but a more contemporary design much like a hatchback.

This includes Nissan’s now signature “floating” roof and a faux grille in the Nissan “V Motion” style.

The 2018 Leaf ifs packed with technology including what it calls Nissan Intelligent Mobility.

This is a global initiative that focuses on how Nissan vehicles are driven, powered and integrated into society.

Its new ProPILOT Assist, Nissan’s advanced single lane driver assistance technology, helps ease driver workload by reducing the amount of driver acceleration, steering and braking input under certain driving conditions.

While a “hands-on” system, it previews Nissan’s ongoing development of future leading edge autonomous drive technologies.

To date, Nissan Canada has sold more than 5,400 models and globally, sales top 283,000.

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