The new Nissan Leaf has received a five-star safety rating from the Japan New Car Assessment Program (JNCAP), scoring an impressive 94.8 out of 100 points in the occupant protection test, and 67.82 points for pedestrian safety.

Among the safety features that contributed to the results include six airbags, seats with enforced headrests and back frames, and seat belts with pre-tensioners and load-limiting capabilities for the front and rear outboard seating positions.

The Leaf also passed the JNCAP electric shock protection test, which gauges how well electric vehicles protect occupants from electric shock in a collision. The Leaf’s protective battery case and high-voltage cutoff device, which activates in a collision, are among the failsafes put in place. The vehicle’s layout and body structure also ensures occupants are shielded from high-voltage parts.

Malaysians can look forward to the arrival of the Leaf at this year’s Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show (KLIMS 18), with pre-sales events set to follow after that. Pricing has yet to be provided, and it remains to be seen if it will be a CKD or CBU model.

To recap, the new Leaf features significant gains in performance and range over the first-gen model, with the electric motor now producing 38% more power and 26% more torque at 110 kW (148 hp) and 320 Nm respectively. A higher-capacity 40 kWh lithium-ion battery also increases its operating range on the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) to 378 km from the 195 km of the original (later, 250 km).



GALLERY: Nissan Leaf at Nissan Futures symposium, Singapore