The 2019 Nissan LEAF again sets the standard in the growing market for mainstream electric vehicles by offering customers great range, advanced technologies and a dynamic design.
Introduced just last year, the all-new second-generation Nissan LEAF continues as the embodiment of Nissan Intelligent Mobility, the company’s approach to changing the way cars are driven, powered 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.
With its dynamic design and advanced technologies such as ProPILOT Assist and ePedal, Nissan LEAF continues to be the best-selling 100-percent electric vehicle in the U.S. and the world. For 2019, LEAF adds standard Rear Door Alert, a system that can help remind customers of items that may be forgotten in the rear seat.
The second-generation Nissan LEAF’s design expresses Nissan forward-thinking attitude. The sporty, eye-catching body represents the car’s dynamic personality. The philosophy behind the exterior design was to express clean and simple lines and a robust and sleek silhouette, creating the feeling of a high-tech device. The horizontal character line, the bumper, and the striking highlights in the lower part of the body emphasize the lower center of gravity, giving the beholder an instinctive feeling that it is agile and fun to drive.
The signature V-Motion grille, the boomerang light signature and the floating roof emphasize the presence of Nissan brand design, giving the Nissan LEAF an appearance similar to other Nissan models, such as the popular Rogue.
A clear-blue 3D mesh pattern with a “freezing” motif, on a flush surface inside the V-Motion grille, expresses the Nissan LEAF’s uniqueness as an EV. The 2019 Nissan LEAF projector-beam headlights with dual, direct-lens low and high beams are a first for Nissan. More mechanical details and a floating signature configuration express a high-tech feel, while visibility and safety are improved by enhancing forward illumination coverage, optimally balancing design and functionality.
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 rear combination lamps feature a unique signature that’s easily recognizable from a distance. A spoiler integrated in the window graphics gives the 2019 Nissan LEAF an impressive, sporty look. The low hood blends flawlessly into the windshield and floating roof, creating a sleek silhouette that makes air flow. The underfloor and a diffuser-type rear bumper combine to achieve reduced drag and zero lift, resulting in improved vehicle stability. Thanks to the aerodynamic body styling, including a rear bumper with a clear-cut curve and aero-design wheels, the Nissan LEAF has a 0.28 coefficient of drag.
The 2019 Nissan LEAF palette of colors offers customers a wide range of options according to their tastes. Its available in eight body colors: Brilliant Silver Metallic, Gun Metallic, Jade Frost 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.
The 2019 Nissan LEAF cabin features roominess and openness with the brand’s “Gliding Wing” design language used as a framework. 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.
The LEAF also features signature vibrant blue stitching, an emblem of Nissan EVs, in the seats, door trim, armrest and steering wheel. The blue, illuminated vehicle start/stop button and shift knob finisher create a cool, high-tech feeling. Through the thoughtful design of the center console and switchgear, the LEAF 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.
Monitors and switches are smartly designed, most notable is the combination of an analog speedometer and a multi-information display. On the left side, the 7-inch, full-color, thin-film transistor (TFT) display shows a power gauge meter by default. The driver can smoothly change the information that is displayed. The center display has a screen with a flush-surface design allowing the driver to easily operate audio and navigation systems and connect to smartphones intuitively with just a fingertip. The display shows the Safety Shield technology, the vehicle’s state-of-charge and a power gauge, as well as audio and navigation system information.
Overall interior quality has also been enhanced versus the previous design. A matte chrome finish with a high-quality feel is applied to the rim of the steering wheel (available wrapped in genuine leather) and the center display, making for consistent brightness and quality of each metal finisher. Matte and glossy shades of black have been carefully applied in the air conditioner control panel and the vent grille, creating an advanced, precise interface and a comfortable cabin – like a high-quality living room with relaxing softness and warmth combined at their best.
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.
The comfort and quietness of the 2019 Nissan LEAF deliver a peerless ride. Even at highway speeds, the Nissan LEAF’s cabin stays very quiet. Along with producing less drag, aerodynamic upgrades and exterior refinements have led to a reduction in wind noise. Other noise-reduction measures include optimization of the redesigned inverter’s structural rigidity, and a noise-isolating cover on top of the PDM. The noise from the electric motor itself has also been reduced, even as it generates more torque and power than ever before.
The front console features dual cup holders in a tandem configuration, located between the driver’s seat and front passenger seat. This allows for a stowage area at the base of the center console – ideal for a smartphone or wallet – as well as an easily accessible power switch, a 12-volt power outlet and a USB port. The ergonomic center console design gives easier access to the controls and switchgear in the lower portion.
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 square space, with bumps removed as much as possible, allows greater space utilization, increasing convenience and usability. The rear cargo space can now accommodate two large suitcases or three medium-sized, airline carry-on suitcases. It also allows for easy charging cable storage.
The focal point in the 2019 Nissan LEAF is the e-powertrain, which offers improved energy efficiency and increased torque and power output. The e-powertrain delivers an exhilarating, linear driving performance with a power output of 147 horsepower – 37 percent more than the previous-generation Nissan LEAF. Torque has been increased 26 percent to 236 lb-ft, resulting in improved acceleration.
Existing Nissan LEAF drivers already enjoy the instant response and linearity of performance as they navigate the city. The 2019 Nissan LEAF improved acceleration will boost enjoyment even further. Even with the additional power output, the LEAF driving range has been increased. The car’s new lithium-ion battery pack delivers an estimated range of 150 miles, which should satisfy the daily driving needs of the majority of Nissan LEAF owners.
The battery design adds energy-storage capacity without increasing the size. The battery pack occupies the exact same dimensions as that of the previous-generation Nissan LEAF. The individual cell structure of the laminated lithium-ion battery cells has been improved, representing a 67 percent increase in energy density versus the original 2010 Nissan LEAF model. Another key engineering improvement for the lithium-ion battery pack is the use of enhanced electrode materials with revised chemistry, resulting in higher power density while contributing to greater battery durability upon charge and discharge.
A standard 110-volt household outlet requires about 35 hours to trickle charge, while a 220-volt Level 2 charger reduces that time to just eight hours. The standard LEAF 40-kWh battery can be charged to 80 percent in just 40 minutes with a DC fast charger. For those who want more excitement and performance, Nissan will also offer a new higher power, longer range version called LEAF PLUS.
110-kW AC synchronous electric motor
40-kWh lithium-ion battery pack
236 lb-ft of torque
Zero to 60 mph: 7.4 sec
Zero to 90 mph: 16.8 sec
Top gear, 30-50 mph: 2.8 sec
Top gear, 50-70 mph: 4.5 sec
Standing ¼-mile: 15.8 sec @ 88 mph
Top speed: 92 mph
EPA city/highway fuel-economy equivalent: 112 MPGe
EPA-estimated range per full charge: 150 miles
Nissan Intelligent Driving
Headlining the 2019 Nissan LEAF Intelligent Driving technologies are ProPILOT Assist and e-Pedal. ProPILOT Assist is a single-lane highway driving assistance technology. Once activated, it can automatically maintain the distance to the vehicle in front, using a speed and distance preset by the driver.
It can also provide steering assistance to help keep the vehicle centered in its lane. If the car in front stops, the ProPILOT Assist system can automatically apply the brakes to help bring the vehicle to a full stop if necessary. If traffic restarts, the car will resume driving when the driver touches the switch again or lightly presses the accelerator to activate ProPILOT Assist. All these functions can help reduce stress when driving on the highway in both heavy and flowing traffic.
Another innovation that enhances the Nissan LEAF’s driving experience is the e-Pedal, which is offered as standard equipment on all grade levels. It allows the driver the simplicity of accelerating, decelerating and stopping the car by using the accelerator pedal alone — a revolutionary innovation that can change the way people drive. By simply releasing the accelerator, the car will come to a smooth and complete stop without the need to press the brake pedal. With a deceleration rate of up to 0.2g, the e-Pedal eliminates the need for drivers to constantly move their foot from the accelerator to the brake pedal to slow down or stop.
TRIM LEVELS & PRICING
In the U.S., the 2019 Nissan LEAF is offered in three well-equipped grade levels: S, SV and SL.
The LEAF S comes complete with 110 kW electric motor, 40 kWh Lithium-ion battery with 150-mile range, 6.6 kW onboard charger, 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), 7.0-inch information display, 60/40 split fold-down rear seat and much more.
The SV trim adds 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, fog lights, leather-wrapped steering wheel, 7.0-inch capacitive touch-screen display, NissanConnect with Navigation featuring Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, NissanConnect Services Powered by SiriusXM, Intelligent Cruise Control and Quick Charge Port.
The top-of-the-line 2019 Nissan LEAF SL features LED headlights and LED signature Daytime Running Lights, outside heated mirrors with integrated turn signals, leather-appointed seats, 6-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 and portable charge cable (120V/240V ECSE).
Available options and packages include Charge Package (S), All Weather Package (S, SV) and Technology Package (SV, SL) with ProPILOT Assist, Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Electric Parking Brake, Intelligent Lane Intervention and High Beam Assist.
S Charge Package
S All Weather Package
SV All Weather Package
SV Technology Package
SV PLUS Technology Package
SL Technology Package