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Next-gen Nissan Leaf to get Propilot semi-autonomous system

27th Jun 2017 8:00 am

The new Leaf is expected to adopt a more aggressive design inspired by the latest Micra; predicted to have a range of 547km.

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Nissan has confirmed that the new Leaf will be revealed this September, with the brand’s single-lane semi-autonomous Propilot system.

The carmaker has released an image of the new Leaf’s all-digital setup behind the steering wheel, showing the display when Propilot is activated. 

A previous preview image released by Nissan hints at more angular lines and harder edges for the car’s design. This, along with recent sightings of development cars, further suggests that the next-gen Leaf will likely take influence from the new and more striking Micra.

Along with its new look, Nissan’s next-generation, zero-emissions electric hatchback will also have an electric drivetrain that’s predicted to have a range of up to 547km – more than double the current car’s range. This is also around 145km more than what the latest Renault Zoe can offer.

The gains on the Leaf will be thanks to new battery pack options that will enable Nissan to sell it with a variety of specs, just as Tesla does with its models. The largest battery could double the 30kWh lithium-ion pack found in the highest-spec version of the current Leaf.

When the future Leaf arrives in international markets next year, it will lead Nissan's charge to grow EVs to represent 20 percent of its sales by 2020.

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