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Redesigned Japanese auto brand, Nissan Leaf unveiled

The automaker said the sleek new Nissan Leaf has plenty of space and handles.Nissan said it has given its electric brand, Nissan Leaf a major make-over, with more than 100 significant upgrades.

As part of the face-lift, the Japanese car-maker said it has increased its range, improved on its interior and cut its price.

The moves, the automaker said come as the second-generation of the zero-emissions car, which can be charged from home socket or from a public on-street charging point prepares for the first time to roll off the production line of Nissan’s Sunderland factory in June.

It said the 100-plus changes have been made to make the new Leaf more user-friendly following feedback from pioneering early owners.

Some 50,000 have been sold worldwide since launch in 2011, Nissan said.

The new version, Nissan said will be more comfortable, roomier, better to drive and able to go farther and charge in half the time.

The company said it also aims to reduce the main concern of many potential buyers of electric car, so-called “range anxiety” or fear it may run out of juice and leave the driver stranded.

So “the new Leaf’s driving range has been boosted from 109 miles to 124 miles and a new heat pump helps this by reducing electrical consumption in cold weather.

“Luggage space has been improved by re-positioning the charger under the bonnet. And an optional Quick Charger cuts re-charging time from eight hours to four hours.

“The chassis has been re-engineered to give better handling and driving pleasure.

“Subtle styling changes have been made to the nose of the car and front grille to improve its aerodynamic efficiency.

The new look LEAF has extra leg room and 370 litres of boot space.There are now three trim levels – a cheaper entry-level Visia, including the subsidy, Acenta and the top-spec Tekna with 17 inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, a Bose sound system and an ‘Around View Monitor’ parking aid.

“The new LEAF also offers more driving modes, more colour choices, more supportive seats, a clearer sat-nav, new ‘environmentally friendly’ seat fabrics but also a choice of leather trim.


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