KLIMS18: Nissan Leaf previewed – mid-2019 launch

KLIMS18: Nissan Leaf previewed – mid-2019 launch

Edaran Tan Chong Motor (ETCM) is previewing the new Nissan Leaf at the Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show (KLIMS). The premiere of the second-generation electric vehicle here falls in line with that mentioned earlier this year, when it was stated that the car was due to get its first public showing at the event.

The timeline for its Malaysian launch, however, has been revised – the car remains on course for a market debut here, but this has now been moved to sometime in the middle of 2019. Again, pricing has not been revealed, and so it remains to be seen how much it will go for when it arrives.

We had reported that the Leaf would have to be locally assembled in order to qualify for incentives under the current Energy Efficient Vehicle (EEV) scheme, and so going the CBU route will make the car a pricey proposition. Hopefully, the upcoming NAP review will offer a more positive outlook for electric vehicles, CBU or otherwise.

Measuring in at 4,480 mm long, 1,790 mm wide and 1,540 mm tall, the new Leaf features significant gains in performance and range over the first-gen model, with the car’s EM57 electric motor now producing 38% more power and 26% more torque at 110 kW (148 hp) and 320 Nm respectively.

A 40 kWh lithium-ion battery increases the operating range to around 400 km (378 km on a NEDC test cycle) from the 195 km – and later, 250 km – of the original.

In terms of charging, the automaker quotes eight hours for a full charge drawing current from a six kW source, and double that time from a three kW source. There’s also quick charging, with up to 80% fill in 40 minutes via the CHAdeMO charging socket. The max AC charge rate is 6.6 kW, or 50 kW with DC quick charge.

Tech novelties include ProPILOT single-lane autonomous driving tech, which can automatically control the distance of the car to the vehicle in front using a speed preset by the driver (between 30 km/h and 100 km/h), while steering and keeping itself centered in its lane. It also does braking to a complete stop and resuming movement too, much like the low-speed follow function in Honda’s Sensing suite.

Aside from ProPILOT park, there’s also e-Pedal, which provides the simplicity of starting, accelerating, decelerating, stopping and holding the car in position by using the accelerator pedal alone.

The Leaf is equipped with six airbags (front, side and curtain) and a Nissan Safety Shield system, which includes intelligent lane intervention, lane departure warning, intelligent emergency braking, blind spot warning, traffic sign recognition, rear cross traffic alert, intelligent around view monitor and emergency assist for pedal misapplication.

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  • Funtasticko on Nov 22, 2018 at 8:35 pm

    Great display by Nissan Mitsu Renault alliance

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  • If it’s priced like the previous gen, then can say bye bye to it.

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  • All the apeks and uncles at Tan Chong Malaysia are still selling us shit and outdated Nissans until now except this Leaf. Pui!
    Where the hell are the other models?
    Note, Juke, Qashqai and Murano mana? Bunch of morons selling scraps for Malaysians.

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    • John Minum Teh 8X on Nov 23, 2018 at 12:19 pm

      Nissan has applied to MITI to being down the Juke, Qashqai many times. But MITI rejected their appeal many times.

      Why? Because ETCM is the only non GLC car company around.

      If Qashqai come into Malaysia who will buy CRV and HRV and CHR anymore?

      They have to protect Honda DRB and Toyota UMW.

      Don’t worry, they are changing. As of May 9th, you can see, Leaf also approved now

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      • Optimus on Nov 23, 2018 at 3:39 pm

        Qashqai doesnt compete with HRV and CHR, you dunggu. They are entirely different segments altogether.

        This only show how completely disassociated between market realities and ETCM sales staff. And when things dont go their way, they blame others. Like this kind of sales tactic, they are surely heading down the drain. Nissan should pull out their franchise because this negative sales methodology is dragging their reputation down along with ETCM sales figures.

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      • JOACHIM on Nov 23, 2018 at 3:46 pm

        Honda has HRV
        Toyota has CHR
        Mazda has CX-3
        Renault has Captur
        Peugeot has 3008
        P1 will have X50
        But ETCM Nissan has nothing, their people are still sleeping. When you can’t compete you blame others. No wonder your sales number are heading south. Spending too much time doing nothing but talk trash in empty showrooms.

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      • Ya, as of May 9th alright… from 2015 https://paultan.org/2015/04/29/nissan-leaf-ev-price-revised-to-rm180566-with-gst/

        Bodoh memang bodoh. PH should get a better troll than this imbecile.

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      • stastasta on Nov 26, 2018 at 2:28 pm

        tan chong has brought in lots of exotic models from renault and subaru. but as “John Minum Teh 8X” already said, TC not allowed to bring in any models which will compete directly with GLC cash cows.

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  • thykrupp on Nov 23, 2018 at 9:16 am

    This is Carlos Ghosn’s legacy.

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  • Hidhir Kamal on Dec 02, 2018 at 11:53 pm

    I think the info is not accurate here, this is the current leaf with 40kwh battery that good for only about 240km range. The one with 400km +-range will be 2019 with bigger battery capacity but yet to be release.

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  • Mike Tee on Jan 16, 2019 at 4:47 pm

    Ahh it comes with heated but not ventilated seats. Perfect for the tropical weather here in Malaysia.

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