Nissan’s long-range Leaf was officially launched Tuesday at the CES Show in Las Vegas, featuring a new powertrain with additional power and range.
The launch of the latest-generation model had been delayed six weeks amid the shock arrest of former chairman Carlos Ghosn.
Now packed with a 62 kWh battery pack and higher output powetrain, the Leaf e+ has an EPA-estimated range of 226 miles.
It marks a 40 percent increase in range from its predecessor.
“The new Nissan Leaf e+ offers all of the style, convenience and electric vehicle benefits that have helped make Leaf the best-selling electric vehicle in the world, plus even more driving excitement, range, power and choice,” said Denis Le Vot, senior vice president and chairman, Nissan North America.
“Customers now have a selection of powertrains and models to best suit their driving needs.”
The Leaf e+ will be sold under the Leaf Plus Series in the U.S. and Canada, with each trim level receiving its own designation of S PLUS, SV PLUS and SL PLUS.
Globally, the vehicle will be referred to as the Nissan Leaf e+.
Deliveries are scheduled to begin in Japan this month followed by U.S. sales in the spring and a mid-2019 launch in Europe.
“Nissan Intelligent Mobility is at the core of everything we do and the new Nissan LEAF e+ takes this vision even further,” Le Vot said.
“EV’s will play a significant part in our product lineup as we move forward and will lead the way to providing an efficient and sustainable future for the world.”
More than 380,000 Leaf vehicles have been sold globally since the 100 percent electric model first went on sale in 2010, with over 128,000 sold in the U.S.