Welcome to electromobility, The Leaf is undoubtedly one of Nissan’s strongest bets in the North American region. Partly because the firm wants to make stronger moves every year in the part of the market that specializes in 100% electric cars. Electromobility is at the heart of the firm’s priorities.
For this the factory has its own “electric star”. It’s about the leaves. This hatchback, according to electromobility specialist Greencars, was the sixth best-selling electric car in the United States during 2022, The Leaf is designed and strategically advertised as a practical, accessible electric car with zero carbon dioxide emissions.
Nissan says about the Leaf: “With a fresh new look, a proven track record of more than two million EV miles in the United States alone, and some of our most advanced safety and driver-assistance features, comes the updated 2023 Leaf.,
Nissan’s strategy is second, It is meant to be a utilitarian and practical car, as the Sentra is in another market segment. According to official figures from Nissan USA, the Leaf starts at US$28,040, going up to US$36,040 in its top-of-the-line variant. As you will see, this is not an expensive vehicle, which represents an additional expense for the mere fact of having electricity.
Leaf design lines
The design lines of this Nissan are what we’ve come to expect from a city hatchback, though with clear memes that reinforce the Leaf’s general concept: “a cleaner future of polluting emissions”. This concept continues from the zero point of the bodywork to the final stroke of the engine.,
The Leaf’s bodywork features the classic youthful hatchback design, where the flat grille—ventilation not required in the full-electric model—is in the center with the new Nissan logo. Its exact dimensions are 176.4 inches in length, 70.5 inches in width, and 61.4 inches in height.
In fact, the Leaf’s cargo sconce is right there, right in the front center. At the rear, the LED headlights on the top of the body and the diffuser in the lower area, which is integrated into the bumper, harmonize the rear line of the car.
Inside, the Leaf isn’t as minimalist as its bigger cousin the Aria. This hatchback features a design continuation of the combustion cars, There is no difference between the interior of the Sentra and the Leaf. In this updated 2023 version, the Leaf gains space in its cabin and adds rear seats that fully recline, giving it extra weight.
The LED infotainment screen in the center of the dashboard stands out. From there you can control a plethora of the Leaf’s driving comfort, multimedia and safety options. It is worth mentioning the Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and Pro-PILOT systems. The latter is the semi-autonomous driving system that Nissan has.
Leaf Motorization 2023
There are two versions of the Leaf engine in 2023, They differ in the capacity of the motors and their batteries. The Leaf S version sports a front electric motor that can develop 147 hp and 236 pound-feet of torque. Considering its lithium-ion battery, it is 40 kWh.
In its Leaf SV Plus version, this Japanese hatchback has a front electric motor that develops a total of 214 hp and 250 pound-feet of peak torque. In turn, the battery capacity is higher than the S version: 62 kWh. Notable that both versions have the E-pedal function. In this, the driver can activate the recharging of the battery through regenerative braking of the vehicle.
Let’s review the Leaf’s direct market competitors in the United States. Of course, these are all 100% electric. The all-electric sales leader stands out: the Tesla Model Y. Then we can name the Polestar 2, Kia EV6, Chevrolet Bolt EV, Mini Cooper Electric, Hyundai Ioniq 5.
Nissan y su SUV Ariya
Now, the current 2023 Nissan electric SUV lands: the Ariya. This everyday family car is trying to break into the American market just like the LEAF did. The Ariya was first unveiled as a concept car at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show.
At the said event, electrics blazed a central spot at the convention, seeking to cement themselves as the “propulsion of the future” because of their efficiency and low levels of pollution. It was here that the Nissan Aria—the prototype—made its presentation to the world. You have to present yourself to the market and the competition, it is a very complex task.
So, from now on, Nissan will sport two full-electric propositions, On the one hand, the more youthful Leaf hatchback, on the other hand, overtakes the family SUV Aria. And this infiltration of the Japanese factory has only just begun. Until next time, readers and readers,