First Drive: 2018 Nissan Leaf

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Nissan's new Leaf electric vehicle goes father on a charge and comes with autonomous drive technology and single-pedal driving.

Nissan Leaf has a luxurious design which is there to impress everyone around you.

The standard e-Pedal system is created to make driving in traffic less taxing, and I was impressed with its overall seamlessness.

More than 70,000 Leafs have been built on Wearside since 2013, including a record 17,483 previous year.

The new Leaf will be a showcase for Nissan's new ProPilot suite of autonomous technology.

"It's totally logical for us, given the strong EV experience we've had, to see this technology one day will be carried to a crossover", he added, while declining to elaborate on specific timing or models. This is basically an advanced driving system that Nissan is offering with this new Electric Car, Nissan Leaf.

The Japanese manufacturer has confirmed that the new EV will go on sale in Japan on October 2 and "in the coming months" in the US, Canada and Europe.

M - Where the first-generation Nissan Leaf electric auto was created to stand out from the crowd with unique styling inside and out, the redesigned 2018 Leaf looks much more like a regular vehicle.

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The vehicle does have a range upgrade, but it's nominal at 150 miles.

Nissan on Tuesday night took the wraps off its 2018 Leaf - and the reveal was fairly lackluster. Nissan's electric line-up, which is also likely to include a saloon, will not be called "Leaf" in the manner of, for example, VW's ID electric-only brand.

The base model Leaf checks in with a sticker price of $29,990 before incentives.

Saikawa defended the vehicle's potential range, which fell short of expectations and puts it behind Tesla's Model 3. Moreover, it can also run on a highway in a single lane without the assistance of the driver.

Will Chevrolet respond by adjusting the price of the Bolt EV, just as the Volt plug-in got price cuts after its initial release?

"While the first-generation Leaf was considered as a pioneer model, the second-generation model can become one of our core models", he said. Both cars offer extra-cost options that raise the average transaction prices: A well-equipped Bolt runs about $42,000, while the Tesla, with a price structure modeled on those of similarly sized German luxury sedans, can be optioned up to almost $60,000. Should traffic come to a complete stop, ProPilot will return to following the vehicle in front when you push the activation button or lightly press the accelerator.

Contrast that with the Leaf, which comes nicely equipped (aside from the range issue) for just under $30,000 - or about $22,500 after USA government incentives.