Nissan Electric! (Boogie Woogie Woogie)

Nissan made a big splash at the 2019 CES in Las Vegas, debuting their all-new ‘19 LEAF Plus electric car for all the world to ogle over. Sporting a bit of sub-compact crossover exterior styling combined with the original LEAF’s hatchback tail, plus a few flourishes of EV-like accents, the upcoming LEAF Plus is quite the looker. But how does it compare in the “functionality” category?

The short, TL;DR details: It’s more powerful than the last LEAF, charges more quickly, and can travel farther on a single charge.

The longer version:

  • The new LEAF Plus incorporates a large 62-kWh battery pack that’s only 5mm wider and bulkier than the outgoing LEAF model’s 40-kWh powerplant.
  • The battery works with a 160-kW electric motor that churns out 214 horsepower and 251 lb.-ft. of instant torque. (This is compared to the previous-gen LEAF’s 110-kW 147-hp motor.)
  • With an estimated 226-mile single-charge range, the 2019 LEAF Plus can rip and roar approximately 40% longer than the outgoing model.
  • An upgraded CHAdeMO charging system will allow the Nissan LEAF Plus to power up to 80% with any 100kW charging stations, public or at-home.
  • Nissan’s Battery Management System has been refined to enhance charging and acceleration.
  • A recalibrated e-Pedal helps compensate for the few extra pounds the new LEAD Plus will carry.
  • 2019 LEAF Plus models will come with a larger 8.0-inch touchscreen display, smartphone compatibility, NissanConnect EV & Services, ProPILOT Assist, and the suite of Nissan Intelligent Mobility systems.

The 2019 LEAF Plus will also carry over its 8-year/100,000-mile Lithium-Ion Battery Coverage plan. If you’re a fan of zero emissions and a hater of gas stations, Nissan’s new electric car is right up your alley, so to speak. Come take it for a test drive once it arrives at our Birmingham Nissan dealership later this spring.

The Mystery of the Electric Nissan SUV

That’s enough about the 2019 LEAF Plus; let’s talk hypotheticals. What if Nissan made an electric crossover SUV? Would the electric SUV segment welcome a new Nissan EV crossover into their tight-knit group? And would it be all that and a bag of chips?

According to recent reports, that’s a distinct possibility, as the automaker appears to be developing a CUV, based partly on the concept IMx Kuro platform, with an alleged 220-mile range. Additional details are scant—as is always the case when it comes to gossip such as this—but if the rumors are true, this mystery model would become Nissan’s flagship electrified utility vehicle…and that’s exciting news. For now, however, we’ll all have to settle for the spring release of the Nissan LEAF Plus. *Sarcastic sigh*

For more details about the secret Nissan EV, or to simply test drive the upcoming 2019 LEAF electric car in Birmingham, give Jim Burke Nissan a ring at (205) 588-6287. Located at 1300 3rd Ave N in Birmingham, AL, our Nissan dealership is here to modernize your travels with the latest and greatest new Nissan models.

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Sources & Photos:

http://www.thedrive.com/news/24106/report-nissan-cooking-up-45000-electric-cuv-with-220-mile-range
https://www.nissanusa.com/vehicles/electric-cars/2019-leaf-plus.html
https://www.caranddriver.com/news/a25757882/2019-nissan-leaf-plus-ev-photos-info/

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