2019 Nissan Leaf PLUS
In order to keep up with the increasing mileage ranges of electric vehicles such as the Tesla Model 3 and Chevrolet Bolt, Nissan introduced another level of its popular Leaf model, the Leaf PLUS, which boasts an impressive 226 miles of range with the help of its larger battery pack. The PLUS comes in three trim levels: S, SV, and SL, with the power supplied by a 160 kW motor that delivers a 214 horsepower kick. In contrast, the original Nissan Leaf makes 147 hp and 236 lb.-ft. of torque from its 110 kW motor, and its range tops out at 150 miles.
Comfort and Convenience
A slate of desirable standard features is helping the Leaf PLUS make a notable debut. These includes keyless entry and start, forward collision warning, a rearview camera, a tilt steering wheel, automatic climate control, a height-adjustable driver’s seat, and an infotainment system with an 8-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. With the SV, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and navigation system are included. The S and SV are eligible for the All Weather Package, which includes heated side mirrors, heated front seats and steering wheel, and a rear heater vent; on the SV trim, this package also includes a heat pump cabin heater. The range-topping SL adds the All Weather package as standard equipment and also gets premium leather upholstery and the ProPILOT Assist driver-assist technology bundle. Charging has also become more efficient thanks to the new 100 kW capacity quick-charging system. Despite the battery pack being essentially the same size as the one from the standard Leaf, it benefits from a 25-percent increase in energy density.
Available Safety Features
As a brand recognized for its exceptional safety, Nissan has ensured that its PLUS maintains this reputation by including a variety of active safety features across its trim lineup. Automatic climate control and forward collision warning with automatic braking are standard for the base S, while the SV adds adaptive cruise control. An optional SV Technology package includes a blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert in addition to the ProPILOT Assist suite of driving aids (automatic high-beam control, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go capabilities, lane departure warning and intervention, pedestrian detection for the automatic braking function, and an electronic parking brake). On the top-of-the-line SL, the SV Technology package is included as standard, as is a 360-degree parking camera.
Standard technology for the S includes a 7-inch central infotainment system complete with Bluetooth, a USB port, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, and a six-speaker sound system with a CD player and satellite radio. There is also a standard Quick Charge Port (which was optional on the standard Leaf) that connects to 120- and 240-volt sources. With this, a depleted battery can be recharged from 0 to 80 percent in a mere 40 minutes. Included with the SV is a standard navigation system, in addition to NissanConnect web services, and a six-speaker audio system with HD radio. The loaded SL bundles the features from the previous trims and adds a premium seven-speaker Bose audio system.
Innovative e-Pedal and Nissan Energy Program
The Leaf PLUS features an innovative technology called the e-Pedal. With it, the driver can accelerate, decelerate, and stop the car using only the accelerator pedal. Braking starts when the pedal is let up, with the brake lights illuminating at the back of the car to alert following drivers just as if the brake pedal itself were pressed. Not only that, but the e-Pedal can channel energy created from the deceleration process into the battery for storage (regenerative power).
The Nissan Energy Program offers a way for owners of Leaf models to seamlessly connect their cars with energy systems that can charge their batteries, power their homes or businesses during an outage, or feed energy back into the power grids. This ambitious vision will change how cars can be integrated contribute to improving the environment – a huge change from the days of the gas guzzler and its immense carbon footprint.