The best-selling pure-electric car in the world has just undergone a major revamp to enable it to keep pace with an ever more impressive roster of rivals. The new Nissan Leaf is faster and more stylish than the outgoing car, but crucially offers more range from a larger battery pack.
The old Leaf's distinctive styling was great for aerodynamics, but feedback from buyers has led Nissan to redesign the new car with a more conventional look. Elements of the new Micra have been bought in, including a pointed nose, V-motion grille and floating rear pillar.
Under the skin though, the Leaf is far from the Micra. Instead of petrol and diesel engines, the Leaf packs a 40kWh battery and 147bhp electric motor.
Those are both substantial upgrades over the old car, which came with a 107bhp motor and choice of 24kWh or 30kWh battery packs. That means the new Leaf offers improved performance, with 0-60mph possible around three seconds quicker than the old car.
It also offers far improved range. Nissan claims a New European Driving Cycle range of 235 miles on a single charge. That's an 80-mile improvement on the 30kWh battery, and 111 miles more than the entry-level car.
A suite of semi-autonomous driving aids make the Leaf as high-tech as its powertrain would suggest. Nissan's 'ProPilot' system can steer, accelerate and brake the car on the motorway and in low-speed traffic, while it can also park the car.
Nissan's also fitted what it calls an 'e-Pedal', which combines the accelerator and regenerative braking into a single pedal, allowing for one-foot driving in all but emergency braking situations.
The new Nissan Leaf will start from £26,490 in the UK, in limited-run 2.Zero edition. The first cars will be delivered early next year.