The 2018 Nissan Leaf will introduce the new Propilot Park technology when it is revealed on September 6, 2017. Using sonar and cameras, the car will be able to park itself in parallel, angled, front or straight back-in parking spots, handling throttle, braking and steering input. This parking assist system will come as part of the car’s pro-pilot suite, which also contains a single-lane, semi-independent feature. This will make it Nissan’s most advanced autonomous model on sale. It will also be the most proficient electric model in its range and is projected to offer a range of up to 547km, more than twice the range of its predecessor. This is around 145km further than the latest Renault Zoe can offer, making the Leaf a likely class leader by some margin.
The gains will come thanks to new battery pack options for the Leaf that will enable Nissan to sell it with a variety of specs, as Tesla does with its models. The largest battery could double the 30kWh lithium-ion pack found in the highest-spec version of today’s Leaf. In the run up to the car’s global reveal, Nissan released a preview picture that shows a three-dimensional pyramid design within the car’s grille. This new feature will come as part of the new Leaf’s more aggressive external design. The design appears to be encouraged by the new Micra, as shown by sightings of development cars, with sharper lines on the body and a more aggressively stooped nose. When the upcoming Leaf reaches on roads next year, it will lead Nissan’s charge to grow EVs to represent 20 % of its global sales by 2020.