Nissan has revealed the new Nissan Leaf e+, which has a new powertrain with additional power and range. The “e+” refers to the increased energy density of the new variant’s 62 kWh battery pack and the higher output of its powertrain, which adds to the car’s range by approximately 40%.

That’s the big news here – the latest Leaf’s US EPA-estimated range of up to 364 km (226 miles) is a big jump from the regular car’s 241 km (150 miles). Still, some rivals in the mass market such as the Kia Niro EV (239 miles) and Hyundai Kona Electric (258 miles) offer more range per full charge.

The second-generation Leaf, which debut in September 2017 with a 40 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, was also rated at 400 km in Japan’s cycle and 378 km in the New European Driving Cycle. Then, Nissan said that it will introduce a “high-power version” at the end of 2018, and here we are.

The motor is also 45% more powerful at 215 hp (160 kW, from 110 kW/148 hp) and has 20 Nm more torque at 340 Nm. As a result, acceleration from 80 km/h to 120 km/h is nearly 13% quicker. The top speed has increased by approximately 10%, too.

Thanks to the available new 70 kW (100 kW peak) Quick Charging system, the Nissan Leaf e+ can charge more efficiently. Nissan says that based on early testing, Leaf e+ owners can expect similar charging times when hooked up to a 100 kW charger as current Leaf owners do with a 50 kW charger, despite a 55% larger battery storage capacity.

Even with a 25% increase in energy density and the increase in energy storage capacity, the Leaf e+ battery pack is almost the same size and configuration as the 40 kWh pack in the regular Leaf. Other than a five mm increase in overall height (on 16-inch wheels), the car’s exterior and interior dimensions are unchanged.

The Nissan Leaf comes with the unique e-Pedal, which allows the driver to start, accelerate, decelerate and stop using only the accelerator pedal. To match the Leaf e+’s extra power and mass, Nissan has reprogrammed the e-Pedal software for smoother operation and enhanced pedal feedback, especially for operation in reverse, and for smoother and more rapid deceleration, making it easier to stop the car.

Also on is ProPILOT Assist, an in-lane semi-autonomous driving technology that can automatically adjust the distance to the vehicle ahead, using a speed preset by the driver. ProPILOT Assist can help the driver steer and keep the vehicle centered in its lane, and automatically apply the brakes to bring the vehicle to a full halt. If traffic restarts, the driver only needs to touch the steering wheel switch or lightly tap the accelerator to activate the system.

In addition to ProPILOT Assist and e-Pedal, every Leaf is equipped with Intelligent Lane Intervention, Lane Departure Warning, Intelligent Emergency Braking, Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Intelligent Around View Monitor with moving object detection.

New for the Leaf e+ is a larger full-colour eight-inch display, with an updated navigation system that can be linked to a compatible smartphone. The display features smartphone-like operation including swiping, scrolling and tapping. Apps, maps and firmware are updated over the air with the simple touch of a button.

Other new features include Door-to-Door Navigation, which syncs the vehicle’s navigation system with your compatible smartphone for seamless driving and walking directions. The Connections feature allows any of the car’s passengers to quickly and easily connect to a device within the vehicle.

The Leaf e+ will be sold under the Leaf Plus Series in North America, with each trim level receiving its own designation of S Plus, SV Plus and SL Plus. Globally, the car will be referred to as the Nissan Leaf e+. It will join the regular Leaf at dealerships in Japan this month, ahead of US sales in spring 2019 and European sales in mid-2019. The Nissan Leaf coming to Malaysia this year.


GALLERY: Nissan Leaf at KLIMS 2018