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One of the most popular electric vehicles on the planet has been completely renewed - the Nissan Leaf has gotten a completely new design, a modernized power unit, the latest electronic technologies and, oddly enough, has become more accessible.

Nissan Leaf has become slightly larger in all dimensions; it’s 35 millimeters longer, 10 millimeters higher and 20 millimeters wider. The center of gravity is dropped by 5 millimeters, and the wheelbase now reaches 2’700 millimeters.

The exterior of the electric car is executed with lots of details from the latest design achievements of the brand and it also received some original details.

The interior of the hatchback is also completely updated; it uses, for example, a digital dashboard and a multimedia system with a 7-inch monitor, as well as a very original transmission.

The engine of the new Nissan Leaf is the same as its former one, but its output is increased to 150 HP and 320 Nm of torque. This is enough to accelerate the beast to 100 km/h in 7.9 seconds, while the maximum speed is limited to 140 km/h. The hatchback also saves lots of battery usage. With a 40-kilowatt unit power source, the vehicle can go up to 380 kilometers in the NEDC cycle and 240 kilometers in the EPA cycle, all on one battery charging.

Interestingly, according to rumors, Nissan will present a more “long-range” modification of the Leaf in the upcoming period, which will be equipped with a 60-kilowatt battery. This power-reserve version should exceed 320 kilometers in the EPS cycle however, Nissan is confident that the basic version will be enough for most consumers. Replenishment of the energy source from a household electricity outlet will take from 6 to 8 hours.

As promised earlier, the new Nissan Leaf debuted a new special development from the Japanese called the E-Pedal. Using this technology, the driver doesn’t have to use the brake. Instead, the car senses when you decrease the speed of your car and starts braking by itself. Cool, huh?

In addition, the new Nisan Leaf received a semi-autonomous control system, the ProPilot, which is a revolutionary drive technology designed for highway use in single-lane traffic. It helps in long commutes and heavy traffic by combining steering, accelerating and braking which is operated in full automatic mode.

The new Nissan Leaf will arrive on markets in Japan in October, while buyers in Europe and the US will have to wait until next year.

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