2019 Nissan Leaf Plus Review, Release Dates, Prices

Since its launch in 2010, Nissan LEAF has been the best-selling electric vehicle in the world, offering strong performance, striking design and cutting-edge technologies at an affordable price. The all-new second-generation design Nissan LEAF, introduced for the 2018 model year, now offers an expanded lineup with the introduction of the 2019 Nissan LEAF PLUS. It goes on sale in the United States and Canada in spring 2019.

The PLUS designation refers to the increased energy density of the model’s 62 kWh battery pack and the higher output of its powertrain. The Nissan LEAF S PLUS new powertrain adds to the car’s range by approximately 50 percent, with an EPA range of up to 226 miles, ensuring that there’s a Nissan LEAF to meet the driving needs of a wider range of customers.

The high-capacity battery and more powerful 160 kW motor in the Nissan LEAF PLUS combine to produce 214 horsepower – an increase of 45 percent – and 250 lb-ft of torque. The standard 2019 Nissan LEAF offers a 40 kWh battery pack with an EPA range of 150 miles.

Now available in two versions, the Nissan LEAF embodies Nissan Intelligent Mobility, the company’s vision for changing how cars are powered, driven and integrated into society. The three key aspects of Nissan Intelligent Mobility, exemplified by the 2019 LEAF are Nissan Intelligent Driving, Nissan Intelligent Power and Nissan Intelligent Integration.

DESIGN

One of the most eye-catching exterior elements of the 2019 Nissan LEAF PLUS is the car’s sleek, streamlined silhouette, which maximizes aerodynamic efficiency. The car’s bold fascia features Nissan’s signature V-Motion grille with blue 3D mesh. The car’s streamlined profile gives it a sporty look, while the rear features a distinctive tail light design. Thanks to the aerodynamic body styling, including a rear bumper with a clear-cut curve and aero-design wheels, the Nissan LEAF PLUS has a 0.28 coefficient of drag.

The angle of the charging port at the front is designed for convenience, letting the customer connect the charging cable without bending down. Ergonomic testing by Nissan shows that the 45-degree angle allows drivers of all heights to easily and comfortably connect the charger.

The new LEAF PLUS carries over most of the standard Nissan LEAF’s design. Subtle clues to its PLUS designation include a revised front fascia with blue highlights and an e+ logo plate on the underside of the charge port lid. There are also rear trim level badges designating the grade levels as S PLUS, SV PLUS and SL PLUS.

The 2019 Nissan LEAF PLUS is available in seven body colors: Brilliant Silver Metallic, Gun Metallic, Super Black, Scarlet Ember Tintcoat (premium color – pearl metallic plus tinted clearcoat), Pearl White Tricoat (premium color), Glacier White, Deep Blue Pearl. It is also offered in one two-tone exterior paint treatment, Pearl White/Super Black.

POWERTRAIN
The 2019 Nissan LEAF PLUS features a new version of the LEAF’s revolutionary electric powertrain, delivering excellent energy efficiency and robust torque and power output. While the current LEAF meets the needs of many customers with its driving range of EPA-estimated 150 miles, the LEAF PLUS offers an EPA-estimated range of up to 226 miles, allowing customers the ability to do more between charges.

The high-capacity battery and more powerful, 160 kW motor in the LEAF PLUS combine to produce 45 percent more power and 250 lb-ft (340 Nm) of torque, enabling faster acceleration when driving at high speeds. Accelerating from 50 mph (80 kph) to 75 mph (120 kph) is nearly 13 percent quicker. This allows the LEAF e+ to confidently pass slower-moving vehicles, exit corners faster and more seamlessly, and merge easily with fast-moving traffic. The top speed has increased by approximately 10 percent for comfortable cruising.

The 2019 Nissan LEAF PLUS come standard with a 6.6-kilowatt onboard charger and gets a standard DC fast-charging port that’s optional on the regular Leaf. On 240-volt service, the Leaf Plus takes about 11.5 hours. DC fast-charging times are nearly identical — 45 minutes to 80 percent capacity for the Leaf Plus versus 40 minutes for the regular Leaf. Since the Leaf Plus bigger battery can accept 100 kilowatts at a capable charger rather than the regular Leaf’s 50 kilowatts. The Leaf Plus takes 60 minutes for 80 percent capacity on 50 kilowatts.

Even with a 25 percent increase in energy density and the increase in energy storage capacity, the LEAF PLUS battery pack is almost the same size and configuration as the pack in the Nissan LEAF. Other than a 5-millimeter increase in overall height (16-inch wheels), the car’s exterior and interior dimensions are unchanged.

Because ownership satisfaction and peace of mind are pivotal for all Nissan LEAF owners, the battery limited warranty of 8 years/160,000 km (whichever occurs first) is standard for all versions.

160-kW AC synchronous electric motor
62-kWh lithium-ion battery pack
214 horsepower
250 lb-ft of torque
Zero to 60 mph: 6.4 sec
Standing ¼-mile: 14.8 sec
Top speed: 98 mph
EPA city/highway fuel-economy equivalent: 108 mpge
EPA-estimated range per full charge: 226 miles

Nissan Intelligent Driving
Playing a leading role in Nissan Intelligent Driving is ProPILOT Assist, a single lane highway driving assist technology that can automatically adjust the distance to the vehicle ahead, using a speed preset by the driver.

ProPILOT Assist can also help keep the vehicle centered in its lane. If the car in front stops, ProPILOT Assist can automatically apply the brakes to bring the vehicle to a full stop if necessary. After coming to a full stop, the vehicle can remain in place even if the driver’s foot is off the brake. If traffic restarts, the car will resume driving when the driver touches the steering wheel-mounted ProPILOT Assist switch again or lightly presses the accelerator to activate the system. All these functions can help reduce stress when driving on the highway in both heavy traffic and long commutes.

Further enhancing the 2019 Nissan LEAF PLUS driving experience is e-Pedal, which allows the driver to start, accelerate, decelerate and stop using only the accelerator pedal. To match the Nissan LEAF PLUS additional power and increased mass, Nissan has reprogrammed the e-Pedal software for smoother operation and enhanced pedal feedback, especially for operation in reverse, and for smoother and more rapid deceleration, making it easier to stop the car using e-Pedal, even when backing up.

Along with ProPILOT Assist and e-Pedal, the Nissan LEAF PLUS is equipped with a set of available advanced safety technologies including Intelligent Lane Intervention, Lane Departure Warning, Automatic Emergency Braking and Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Intelligent Around View Monitor.

INTERIOR

Like the standard model, the 2019 Nissan LEAF PLUS boasts a spacious, highly functional interior with a quality, high-tech feel. The combination of premium materials throughout the cabin befits a luxury vehicle. Vibrant blue contrast stitching for the steering wheel, seats and instrument panel accentuate the car as a Nissan electric vehicle.

All 2019 Nissan LEAF models feature a roomy, open cabin highlighted by the brand’s “Gliding Wing” design language. The driver information display has a simple, light configuration without excessive decoration. It focuses on visibility, creating a tasteful, understated look and feel with both excellent spaciousness and functionality.

Through the thoughtful design of the center console and switchgear, the 2019 Nissan LEAF PLUS gives drivers the information they need where they need it. This helps them focus on what really matters the most – an enjoyable drive. When the car is activated, a start-up animation is displayed, giving the driver a sense of excitement about driving an electric car.

Using NissanConnect, a key part of Nissan Intelligent Integration, the driver can search for continuously updated information such as the location and operating hours of free charging stations and charging station availability. Owners can also access their smartphone to check the car’s battery status.

Energy-efficient air-conditioning and heating systems provide elevated comfort inside the cabin for all occupants. An available smartphone app provides convenience features such as remote pre-conditioning of the vehicle’s interior temperature and wireless remote charging.

The cabin’s interior dimensions comfortably accommodate five people, while the rear cargo area is designed to provide ample luggage space, offering 23.6 cubic feet of available stowage. The rear cargo space can accommodate two large suitcases or three medium-sized, airline carry-on suitcases. It also allows for easy charging cable storage.

TRIM LEVELS & PRICING

The new 2019 Nissan LEAF PLUS is offered in three well-equipped grade levels: S PLUS, SV PLUS and SL PLUS.

The LEAF S PLUS comes complete with 160 kW electric motor, 62 kWh Lithium-ion battery with up to 226-mile range, high output Quick Charge Port, 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, regenerative braking system, e-Pedal Mode with Hill Hold Assist, portable trickle charge cable (120V EVSE), Automatic Emergency Braking, automatic on/off headlights, Nissan Intelligent Key with Push Button Start, Bluetooth Hands-free Phone System, Streaming Audio via Bluetooth, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, Hands-free Text Messaging Assistant, Automatic Temperature Control with HVAC timer (pre-heat/pre-cool cabin) and charging timer (set desired charge time), 8.0-inch information display, 60/40 split fold-down rear seat and much more.

The Nissan LEAF SV PLUS trim adds 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, fog lights, leather-wrapped steering wheel, NissanConnect with Navigation and Services featuring Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, NissanConnect Services Powered by SiriusXM, Intelligent Cruise Control and two additional speakers (six total).

The top-of-the-line 2019 Nissan LEAF SL PLUS features LED headlights and LED signature Daytime Running Lights, heated outside mirrors with integrated turn signals, leather-appointed seats, 8-way power driver’s seat with 2-way lumbar support, heated front seats, heated steering wheel, cargo cover, auto-dimming inside mirror, HomeLink Universal Transceiver, Bose Premium Audio with seven speakers, Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Intelligent Around View Monitor, Intelligent Driver Alertness, hybrid heater, rear heater ducts, ProPILOT Assist, Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Electric Parking Brake, High Beam Assist and Intelligent Lane Intervention.

2019 NISSAN LEAF PLUS PRICING

TRIM LEVEL

MSRP

S PLUS

$36,550

SV PLUS

$38,510

SL PLUS

$42,550

S All Weather Package

$450

SV All Weather Package

$900

SV PLUS Technology Package

$1,800

 

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