Saturday, June 24, 2017

2018 Nissan LEAF — More Stylish And With ProPilot Technology

In a popularity contest between Tesla the Tesla Model 3 and the Nissan LEAF, the LEAF would finish third. By all accounts (several Gas2 readers own them and speak highly of them) the Nissan LEAF is a great car, but it looks like it was styled back in the 90’s. The Model 3 is world class in appearance. The LEAF has also struggled with limited range for most of its life.
2018 Nissan LEAF
2018 Nissan LEAF. Credit: AutoGuide
The 2018 Nissan LEAF is about to change all that. It will feature a new body that if not exactly earth shattering in design at least looks more mainstream than its predecessor. And it will be available with ProPilot, Nissan’s answer to Telsa’s Autopilot. To be fair, ProPilot is not as sophisticated as Autopilot yet, but Nissan is easing its way forward while Tesla is racing to batter down all the barriers to full autonomy.
At the outset, ProPilot will automatically control steering, acceleration, and braking within a given lane on the highway. It won’t change lanes on its own or guide the car onto a connecting freeway. It won’t be able to handle city traffic. But it’s a start and it’s more than most other manufacturers are offering in their cars today. Look for it soon on other cars in the Nissan model lineup.  Watch the video to learn more.
In coming years, ProPilot will get smarter. Gareth Dunsmore, director of electric vehicles at Nissan Europe says: “The ultimate embodiment of Nissan Intelligent Mobility, the new Nissan LEAF will be the most advanced, accessible EV on the market, today. Adding ground-breaking ProPILOT technology to the new Nissan LEAF will prove invaluable in unlocking many of the benefits of electric vehicles, creating less congested, cleaner cities for future generations.”
The next generation LEAF will have one feature everyone will be happy about — more range. It is rumored the new car will be able to travel up to 200 miles on a single battery charge. That’s more then twice as far as the original when it first hit the market 6 years ago. Look for it in showrooms this fall.

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