Unlike its predecessor, the 2019 Nissan Leaf introduces an innovative “pedal e” option, a one pedal configuration that uses friction and regenerative braking to reduce the car’s speed with less pedal pressure. Unfortunately, Nissan has not yet released the official specifications of the 2019 Nissan Leaf. It remains to be seen whether the car will be able to exceed the maximum range of Chevy Bolt 238 miles or the range of 220 to 310 of the Tesla 3 model.
Not in vain, the production model is very similar to the concept car. 2019 Nissan Leaf has changed some features that seemed too aggressive, but we can see many distinctive signs of Nismo. At the front, three changes distinguish the two cars. As expected, the closed grid went into production, but the surrounding edge was modified to include a brighter chrome edge. Below, the separator is a little less aggressive, while the small space above is narrower. The center of the hood is no longer painted black, but is finished in the same color as the body. On the sides, the production model again resembles the concept and includes more aggressive side skirts with red details and matching mirrors. Added a set of new larger wheels with letters “Nismo”. Surprisingly, the two color concept of the concept has also expanded. A slightly lower ride adds extra sportiness, just like the black roof, and another feature from the concept car. In return, the production model is virtually identical to the concept. Improvements to Nismo include a revised black roof fin matching C-pillars and a diffuser like element with red keys and a Formula 1 style brake light in the middle. Nissan argues that all these elements created by Nismo increase the aerodynamic resistance without adding resistance, but there are still no figures to support this statement. Nine exterior colors will be on offer, including Nismo’s exclusive two tone designs: brilliant silver or super black and dark gray/super black.
It took me a few seconds to realize that these interior photos 2019 Nissan Leaf were not taken from the concept car. Everything seems to be the same, with the exception of the missing red accents around the ventilation grids at the top of the board, missing in the production model. Everything else has been moved from the concept, which is not bad, because it differentiates the Nismo model from the normal sheet. The first thing that stands out is the flat steering wheel, which is also wrapped in leather and has gripping areas in Alcantara. There is also a red mark at the 12 o’clock position, as in race cars in their own right. The air conditioning vents at the corners and the center stack have red edges, just like the “Start” button on the center console. The seats are also taken from the concept, which is a considerable improvement because they offer more lateral support. Of course, it’s not that the blade is incredibly fast, but at least you get extra comfort. Unfortunately, the seats are only covered with fabric. Do not expect anything special in this department. However, the red and gray seams on the sides are pretty good. The same seams are visible on the armrests of the door panels. Other options include a new chrome plated gun style shifter, a similar design for surround sound in the instrument cluster, and a carbon like appearance for the dashboard. The tailgate also features Nismo emblems and unique home screens for the infotainment screen and instrument cluster.
This is where things were not very clear since Nissan had nothing to say about the concept car’s powertrain. Unfortunately, it turns out that the Japanese firm has not done much to update the 2019 Nissan Leaf transmission of the Nismo model, so the tailgate uses the same battery of 40 kWh and the same electric motor as the standard model. The exit qualification is also identical to 147 horsepower and 236 foot pounds, which is a little disappointing to be honest. By cons, it is not the first Nismo model that is a Nismo only abroad. Nissan has already done the same thing with other models, especially in Japan, so it’s not really shocking. The range has not changed either, with the 2019 Nissan Leaf capable of traveling 150 km on a single charge. It’s not bad, but it’s still lower than what you get with electric vehicles, like the Chevrolet Bolt or the Tesla Model 3. Nismo made some changes, but only for the Drivetrains software. The powertrain offers more responsive acceleration, but there is no word if it is faster than the standard model. Nismo also modified the electronic power steering and suspension of the car and added more robust tires to improve handling. Interestingly, Nissan reportedly refused to use one of its new transmissions for this model. Earlier this week, the company’s director of electric vehicle marketing revealed that by 2019, a long range 2019 Nissan Leaf with a more powerful powertrain would come. This model will be called E-Plus and will have a larger battery, which will likely have a capacity of 60 kWh, which will deliver 200 horsepower and bring in over 200 km per charge. This powertrain would have been perfect for the Nismo model and we still do not know why Nissan did not wait for this new configuration to come into production. On the other hand, Nissan could also offer the Nismo package in the E-Plus model, which means it could still be just a visual element and not a high performance option. Or maybe this version of E-Plus will be sold as Nismo in Europe and North America, but we will not know more later this year.
Production estimates indicate that the 2019 Nissan Leaf will arrive in January 2019. It is interesting to note that the order book indicates that Nissan will stop manufacturing the 40 kWh version at approximately that time, which suggests that it could be two versions. different at the same time. The official price of the 2019 Nissan Leaf will start at $ 30,885, $ 100 more than the previous year. At the top of the range, 2019 Nissan Leaf SL reaches $ 37,095 before applicable national and federal incentives.