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Nissan Leaf at the Geneva Motor Show: more range, more space

Stefan Baldauf /Robert Kah
Geneva Auto Salon 2020
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K less than 3 years after the introduction of the Nissan Leaf, the Japanese automaker has now worked specifically on its weaknesses. The result of the work is sometimes an improved range, which, according to Nissan, could be increased from 175 to almost 200 kilometers. For this purpose, among other things, a heat pump was installed for the air conditioning system, which reduces energy consumption for heating and cooling. In addition, the slightly modified front section made it possible to reduce the drag coefficient from 0.29 to 0.28. The electric drive with the 80 kW electric motor and the lithium-ion batteries in the underbody of the Nissan Leaf remained untouched.

Nissan Leaf with 40 liters more trunk volume

More space in the luggage compartment of the Nissan Leaf was achieved by relocating the inverter. This moved from the trunk floor into the front engine compartment, thus freeing up space for 40 liters more luggage. Small modifications to the chassis of the small car should benefit comfort and dynamics. Inside, the Leaf is equipped with new seats that are supposed to offer more lateral support and are covered with recycled fabric. Leather upholstery is also available as an option for the first time.

Three new equipment lines are also available for the market launch of the revised Nissan Leaf in May. The entry-level version (Visia) comes with 16-inch steel rims, black rear-view mirror caps and halogen headlights. The middle equipment line (Acenta) has 16-inch alloy wheels, rear-view mirrors in body color and tinted windows from the B-pillar. The top equipment (Tekna) comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, leather seats, a parking aid that projects the car from a bird's eye view using four cameras on the seven-inch display of the navigation device and a Bose sound system.

Small electric cars are now also being built in the USA and Europe

By the way, the Nissan Leaf is no longer just built in Japan. The small electric car will also roll off the assembly line in the USA and the British plant in Sunderland. It is not yet clear whether the price will also change with the facelift. The Nissan Leaf is currently in the price list at 33,990 euros.

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