Nissan has officially launched the long-range version of their best-selling electric vehicle. The Nissan Leaf e+ boasts increased driving range courtesy of a larger battery pack as well as increased output from the electric motor.
Juicing the Leaf e+ is a newly developed 62-kWh lithium-ion battery pack offers 55% more capacity and 25% improved energy density while retaining the similar dimensions to the 40-kWh battery pack on the standard Leaf. This significantly boosts the Leaf e+ driving range to 384 km from 285 km based on the WLTP combined cycle.
Max output is also bumped from 147 hp and 320 Nm to 217 hp and 340 Nm from the revised electric motor. Century sprint is now dispatched in 6.9 seconds with a higher top speed of 158 km/h. However, Nissan says the benefit of the increased output is in the acceleration where going from 80 km/h to 120 km/h is now 13% faster compared to the regular Leaf.
Other than the 5 mm increased overall height, the packaging and features of the Leaf remains unchanged. Items you’ll find include 17-inch alloys, 8.0-inch touchscreen NissanConnect infotainment system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Remote Climate Control, dual-tone exterior paintwork and Nissan’s ProPILOT semi-autonomous driving technology.
Prices for the long-range Nissan Leaf e+ starts from £35,895 (RM190k) before UK Government incentives. When converted into Malaysian Ringgit with duties and all the relevant taxes applied, we may be looking at a price point of over RM250k, which is overly optimistic for a hatchback.
Hence, we can be certain that the variant Edaran Tan Chong Motor (ETCM) will be launching for the Malaysian market will be the standard 40-kWh Nissan Leaf with 285 km of range (WLTP combined cycle).
Nissan Leaf e+ in Scarlet Ember Tintcoat