Nissan Leaf Plus 2019

Nissan Leaf Plus 2019

Engine: 214 - horsepower electric motor
Fuel economy: new 62-kWh battery
Alternative: Chevrolet Bolt, Hyundai Kona EV, Kia Niro EV

Apperances/exterrior

The appearance of the new Nissan Leaf Plus is almost unchanged and can hardly be distinguished from the standard Leaf. The word “Plus” appeared on the rear hatch slightly below the S, SV or SL icons (it depends on the version). In the color palette there appeared blue tone.

The rest of the car is no different from the previous models. The new version is the same compact and spacious. But its aerodynamics is greatly improved and now it is thought out to the smallest detail. 

The expressive shape of the headlights is needed not only for beauty, but also to drawing the air flow off the side mirrors, and to reduce the noise of the headwind.

Hood configuration reduces power consumption. The antenna also has an aerodynamic shape. Thanks to this design, the drag coefficient is only 0.29.

The silhouette of the car is wide and squat, somewhat reminiscent of race cars.

Charging port is completely masked and does not create unnecessary visual dissonance.

Interior

In the cabin of the new Nissan Leaf Plus there are all the features that are necessary to ensure modern comfort.

All controls are ergonomically integrated into the interior of the car.

The infotainment screen has become noticeably larger. You can manage navigation and audio system with it. The interface is intuitive and user-friendly, in order to master it you do not need ant special training. Everything is clear at once. Images can be expanded and compressed using causal gestures. Map updatings are provided via Wi-Fi, and for three years it will be done for free.

The atmosphere in the cabin is very stylish and cozy, both in terms of design and comfort. The surfaces have become smooth, there are no sharp edges, all the finishing materials are very pleasant to the touch.

Performance/Driving

Acceleration time to 60 mph was reduced to 7 seconds. The battery charge allows you to travel about 458 km (on a WLTC cycle), and according to the JC08 standard, this distance reaches 570 km.

The size of the ground clearance of the Nissan Leaf Plus has not changed, and remains the same as that of the previous model. But the height of the body has become a little bigger.

The maximum torque of a new electric motor is 340 Nm, which improves vehicle speeds by 13%, and provides a higher maximum speed.

The mass of the new model has increased compared with the previous one, but the perfectly calibrated electronic pedal makes this difference completely insensible.

Engine wear when driving is very insignificant. This we owe to the fact that the electric motor, in contrast to internal combustion engines, has significantly fewer parts experiencing friction. In the electric motors of the new Nissan Leaf Plus there are only three such parts: the anchor, the starter and the bearings.

When the driver pulls on the brake pedal, the electric motor helps to brake, so the car stops very smoothly.

Tech

The car is equipped with a new charger with a rated power of 70 kW and a peak power of 100 kW.

The new battery has 288 cells, but at the same time it has retained its dimensions, as in the previous model. Warranty life of the battery is 8 years or 160,000 km.

80% of the stock of electricity is renewed after only 40 minutes of charging. But it will take a little more time to fully charge the battery than the standard model requires.

Buyers are offered three versions of the car: S, SV and SL. Each of them has its own specific features.

The NissanConnect EV & Services application allows owners to remotely control many useful functions. In addition, the car can be monitored and controled using your smartphone. Access to NissanConnect is possible from a smartphone, from a computer, with AppleWatch, as well as through Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.

The complete absence of flammable liquids significantly increases the safety of the car.

Cargo

The updated battery design did not require a smaller cargo bay. And if you fold the rear seat, the space for the cargo will be even more.

With the seats folded, the capacity of the trunk is almost doubled. But the floor remains uneven due to the battery under the rear seats.

The verdict

Currently, the new Nissan Leaf Plus is considered to be one of the most successful electric cars that have ever been created. It is a fundamentally new type of transport that guarantees maximum environmental friendliness. The car uses the latest electronic solutions to make driving easier and safer, and to make the trip more comfortable.