The second-generation Nissan Leaf underwent the Euro NCAP Crash Test recently and was awarded with the maximum 5-star safety rating by the organisation. The new Leaf was commended in particular for its strong body structure that gave the occupants high levels of protection in critical areas.
In the “Adult Occupant” segment, the Leaf scored a remarkable overall rating of 93 per cent. However, most notably, the all-electric hatchback scored full marks in the side barrier and side pole impact tests. The Leaf also scored well in the “Child Occupant” category with a final score of 86 per cent.
In Europe, the Leaf is equipped with Nissan’s ProPilot semi-autonomous driving technologies as standard which performed reliably in all situations required by Euro NCAP. The above average final score of 71 per cent was attributed to the lack of rear seatbelt reminders and a Lane Keep Assist system that does not switch on by default at startup.
Closer to home, Edaran Tan Chong Motor (ETCM) has confirmed that the new Nissan Leaf will be available in Malaysia in 2018. Hopefully, when the “Leading, Environmentally friendly, Affordable Family car” arrives here, Malaysians will finally have a taste of Nissan’s ProPilot technologies.