LA Auto News and Consumer Reports Draw Attention to Nissan Breakthroughs
With the new 2018 Nissan Kicks drawing attention at the LA Auto Show and the upcoming 2018 Nissan Leaf exciting intense interest across the industry, the future looks bright for Nissan drivers. Whether you’re seeking an arresting new crossover or the latest in plug-in technology, Nissan is bringing state-of-the-art driving experiences to a dealership near you.
The 2018 Nissan Leaf
The Nissan Leaf was the first mass-produced plug-in, all-electric car made available to the everyday driver from an established automaker. It was a true pioneer, and the upcoming 2018 Nissan Leaf seems to be continuing in that tradition. In the words of Consumer Reports: “A sequel is often not as good as the original. But in the case of the Nissan Leaf, the second-generation electric car seems better on all counts.”
- Range increases from 107 miles to 150 miles
- Battery is upgraded from 30-kWh to 40-kWh
- Electric Motor is upgraded from 107 hp to 147 hp
You’ll be able to charge up in around 8 hours through a standard 240-volt connection. If you need to go further than the already staggering 150-mile limit, Nissan is already working to answer your needs with a 60-kWh version that should boast a range up to 200 miles.
Consumer Reports was stunned by the lack of body lean and “decisive turn-in response”, a result of improved handling. There’s even a new e-Pedal for one-pedal drive, and the ProPilot Assist feature will combine adaptive cruise control with lane-keeping assist.
The 2018 Nissan Kicks
In true Nissan form, the 2018 Kicks is certainly a feast for the eyes. It’s an emotional design meant to stand out instead of blend in, so you’ll notice familiar Nissan design signatures, including:
- Bold wheel arches blended with fenders
- High crossover stance
- V-Motion grille
- Boomerang headlights and taillights
- Floating roof with wrap-around visor
- Available Intelligent Auto Headlights (I-AH), LED low beam headlights, and LED signature accents.
You’ll have seven eye-catching exterior color options, plus five two-tone combinations.
The Nissan Kicks will be as packed with tech as it is brimming with style. Features should include:
- Automatic emergency braking
- Bose audio
- 7-inch infotainment screen
- Available Apple CarPlay and Android Auto