The 2021 Nissan Leaf Will Soon Arrive in Nepal

The Nissan Leaf, a compact five-door hatchback battery electric vehicle (BEV) introduced in Japan and the US in December 2010, will finally be making an appearance in Nepal this year. Nissan has revealed the news through its official Facebook page. Pioneer Moto Corp Pvt. Ltd, the authorized distributor of Nissan vehicles in Nepal, had previously postponed the launch of the Leaf due to the hike in excise duty on electric vehicles; the company is now planning to launch the Leaf following the recent changes related to the reduction in excise duty on EVs.

That’s good news for Nepal’s auto enthusiasts: the Nissan Leaf was named the ‘Best Used Electric Car’ in the inaugural Electrifying.com Awards 2021, and 500,000 units of the model were sold globally by December 2020.

Design

Let’s start with the front fascia of the Nissan Leaf: it is sleek, modern, and aggressive. Next, let’s take a look at the grille: the Leaf’s grille screams electric, with the covered holographic pattern (it doesn’t have any openings to let air in), and the Nissan branding embedded centrally. The LED headlamps have a boxy design, featuring side indicators beside them and mounted DRLs on the top; the DRLs have a unique upside down tick design. There is a splitter featured at the bottom of the fascia that further boosts the EV’s aggressive look. There is a massive segment covered with black plastic that syncs with the rest of the design elements, and the bottom corners feature fog lights. But the front features one questionable design choice: the charging ports, which are mounted upfront, might get damaged during a frontal collision.

Let’s move on to the sides now. The leaf, which has the silhouette of a small hatchback, stands on 17-inch alloy wheels and features a zero-emission badge on both sides. The cuts, creases, and sharp edges on the sides all add to the car’s angular look. Similarly, there is a blackout c-pillar that pinches the rear end and makes for a coupe-like roofline. Speaking of the roofline, the massive floating roof design on the rear flows perfectly into the tinted glass it is attached to. The tail lamps are integrated into the floating roof design, and in accordance with the overall design language, the majority of the rear is blacked out. A few of the elements, such as a blue bar, fog light, and diffuser, add to the car’s sporty look.

Interior

The premium cabin is spacious and offers a significant amount of storage. For the cars that arrive here, the cabin might feature a black finish, depending upon the model, and should offer plenty of room for adults. Keeping passengers entertained will be an 8.0-inch floating infotainment display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration and a space compatible for smartphones at centre stage. Furthermore, the car comes with a telescoping D-shaped steering wheel, a distinctive centre console,a Bose Energy Efficient Series Premium Audio System, and decent cargo space, with 60/40-split rear seats. The safety equipment will include features such as Intelligent Lane Intervention, Lane Departure Warning, Intelligent Emergency Braking, Blind Spot Warning, Traffic Sign Recognition, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Intelligent Around View Monitor (with moving-object detection), and Emergency Assist to deal with pedal misapplication.

Powertrain

The Nissan Leaf will be equipped with either a 40 kWh lithium-ion battery producing 147 hp of peak power, peak torque of 320 Nm, and 240 km of range, or a 62 kWh battery pack generating peak power of 214 hp and 363 km of range. Depending upon the power capacity, the Nissan Leaf’s battery will get fully charged within 8 to 16 hours. Using the quick-charging feature should charge the battery to 80 percent in just 40 minutes. The EV also comes with three different modes for battery saving.

The Nissan Leaf comes with the revolutionary e-Pedal technology, which allows the driver to switch back and forth between regenerative braking modes: one feature allows the car to coast when the driver eases the throttle and another slows the car when the driver takes their foot off the gas and uses that energy to recharge the battery.

The length, width, and height of the Nissan Leaf are 4490 mm, 1788 mm, and 1530 mm, respectively. The wheelbase of the Leaf is 2700 mm. The colour options for the Nissan Leaf will be Brilliant Silver Metallic, Deep Blue Pearl, Gun Metallic, Pearl White, Scarlet Ember, Sunset Drift Chromaflair, and Super Black.

(Also published on the Hamrobazar Blog).

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