Nissan Teases Inside 2018 LEAF, EV To Arrive With ProPilot Assist – Video

3 weeks ago by Jay Cole 32

Yesterday, we broke the first spyshot photos of the interior of the new 2018 Nissan LEAF, and now today Nissan has just put out video out on their upcoming ProPILOT assist technology…complete with a new shot from inside the new LEAF.

Coincidence? Perhaps.

2018 Nissan LEAF teaser photo #2 – center dash console and steering wheel (click to enlarge)

Anyway, Nissan states that the 2018 LEAF will feature this new technology featured in the video promo (above), and that the app “reduces the hassle of stop-and-go highway driving”.

States Nissan:

“ProPILOT Assist supports drivers by helping control acceleration, braking and steering during single-lane driving on the highway.

In the coming years, Nissan’s ProPILOT technology will offer increasing levels of autonomy, with the system eventually able to navigate city intersections. Set to help make driving more secure and more enjoyable, ProPILOT Assist is part of Nissan Intelligent Mobility, the company’s blueprint for transforming how cars are driven, powered and integrated into society.”

At the same time, Nissan also updated its worldwide LEAF sales tally, noting that more than 270,000 have now been sold.

The new 2018 Nissan LEAF is set to debut in Tokyo on September 6th (which is the 5th elsewhere).

2018 Nissan LEAF gets a new look inside

Another glimpse of “steering wheel” tech on the 2018 Nissan LEAF

Gallery (below):  Check out Nissan’s earlier “headlight” teaser, as well as some spyshots we recently passed along (via Automedia)

 

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32 responses to "Nissan Teases Inside 2018 LEAF, EV To Arrive With ProPilot Assist – Video"

  1. Fire Cat says:

    No trees! Also no hint of range or kWh remaining.
    Tease tease tease

  2. Brian says:

    The focus on ProPilot makes me doubt that the Leaf will compete with the Bolt or Model 3 on range. Unfortunately if it doesn’t have 200+ miles of range, it won’t be on my list.

    But I do like the look of that dash.

    1. R.S says:

      How is that? Does Teslas focus on AP mean they don’t have more than enough range? Or is self driving just so unimportant, that it isn’t worth a press release and you think they have nothing else to show?

      1. Brian says:

        It’s the SOLE focus on ProPilot that concerns me. Sure, Tesla is focused on AP. But they have also promised 215+ miles of range. And sure, ProPilot is worth talking about. But Nissan has been very evasive on the question of range. We have reason to believe that the 2018 Leaf may be released with as small as a 40kWh battery, which may only get about 150 miles. They may eventually follow with a 60kWh battery, but we don’t know if or when that may happen.

        1. R.S says:

          It would be really unusual for a car maker to announce anything like that for the replacement of a car, that company currently sells.

          Takao Asami confirmed that there would be at least one version with more than 200 miles of range. So we know as much about the car we are going to be able to buy in December, as we know about the Model 3 we are going to be able to buy, with reservation, soon.

        2. MaartenV-nl says:

          Two years ago Nissan talked about 60kWh for 2018. We all hoped it would be sooner, but no reason to think it will be later.
          I think the 60kWh is mentioned half a dozen times.

    2. Jason says:

      I wish they had left the digital Speedo above the main display, added SoC, then the main display could be a proper LCD type and be dedicated to ProPilot and other data (eg: bring all the power meters from the centre console).

      The current dash gives the Leaf a bit of personality, and apart from the trees, I’ve really never heard anyone complain about it. This new dash is just another generic dash that is unremarkable.

  3. peetah says:

    i would still consider this car over a bolt simply for styling and technology even if range is right at 200 miles…even though we’ve been hinted to that this will be much greater.

    1. WARREN says:

      Based on how nice the Murano looks ,etc. I am betting this will be a more attractive car than the Bolt, inside and outside.

      1. CLIVE says:

        Considering GM over styling the Bolt, I’d say that is a given at this point.

      2. John Ray says:

        It was already more attractive than the Bolt when it was wearing the trash bag camo. (^;

  4. Josh Bryant says:

    Nissan and Tesla seem to think driver assist is more important than Chevy at this point.

  5. jelloslug says:

    Everything about this car screams “three years behind”

    1. CLIVE says:

      A Slug 🐌 complaining about speed❓

      To funny ‼️

  6. unlucky says:

    This is really, really common. Audi had it 4 years ago.

    1. Jason says:

      There have been other press releases that indicate Nissan are building up ProPilot, so this version is assistance but a future version (maybe an upgrade?) will have more autonomous features, eg I think they mentioned the next step would be highway assist.
      They also mentioned the processing power to do their autonomous, which didn’t sound like that would be in a vehicle any time soon, so a bit of mixed messages.

  7. hpver says:

    Worries me that they’re teasing only the bells and whistles. Well over 200 miles of range and good thermal management for the battery are the main things I’m looking for. Without those it won’t make my list.
    There’s a point at which being so tight-lipped will hurt them, and it’s approaching fast.

    1. Brian says:

      This is exactly what I was thinking. Although the thermal management is not a deal breaker in my climate, given how my Leaf has held up. I’m more interested in range and DCQC rate. 100kW anyone?

      1. Pamela00 says:

        Brian, You NEED thermal management for higher DC fast charging rates to dissipate the heat from quick charging. Without that it would only be able to quick charge at 100kW for only a minute or two before has to throttle to less than half or risk damaging the battery from excessive heat. I believe Nissan has said it will not have thermal management on the battery so there goes your hopes of being able to DCQC anywhere near 100kW. There’s also the problem that most public CHAdeMO stations max out at 50kW. It would be interesting if they also included a CSS plug For me it doesn’t really matter since neither chargers are anywhere around me where I would actually use them and 99.9% of the time I’d simply charge at home. I really hope LEAF 2.0 sells well.

  8. Astros says:

    From the picture it looks like the demo car has 60 miles of range remaining with cruise control on at a speed of 55mph or more (can’t see the needle on the speedometer), and a total odometer reading of 225.5 miles. They hid the E —- F gauge that was visible in yesterday’s spy shots, so if we just guess this car was half charged like that car, then it might have a range of 120 miles at 65mph.

    1. Astros says:

      Actually, the first two digits of the odometer reading are slightly different, make that 325.5 miles.

    2. Brian says:

      Your assumption of SoC is based on exactly nothing, so your conclusion is meaningless. I’m sorry, but the only valid conclusion is that the car has at least 60 miles of range. But we already knew that. Even my degraded 24kWh 2012 Leaf has 60 miles of range at 55mph in 75F weather.

    3. gensan says:

      If the capacity is 48 kWh and the energy efficiency improvement from Leaf 1.5 is 30%, 225 miles is achievable. This is a desk plan..

  9. Kdawg says:

    Why did they put the cruise controls on the right, but the display on the left. Confusing.

  10. Bret says:

    I wasn’t a fan if the big dash display, but now I can see whey Nissan went that way for Pro Pilot.

    One of the features I really wish my 2016 LEAF had was adaptive cruise control, so the Pro Pilot is a welcome addition. I would gladly give up my Tree-Meter for that.

    1. William says:

      The Nissan “Tree-Meter” will be sorely missed in the 2018 Leaf, by us Leaf Lovers. The Pro Pilot addition, will have to suffice as a worthy replacement!

      1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

        “The Nissan ‘Tree-Meter’ will be sorely missed in the 2018 Leaf, by us Leaf Lovers.”

        Well, Nissan can just send out an OTA software update to add that back in.

        Oh, wait… wrong auto maker! 😉

  11. ben preiss says:

    A pro pilot test at 10:17 am??!! absurd rubbish, I don’t drive at 10 am unless it is the weekend. Hey Nissan, don’t put out a press release unless it perfectly applies to me!

    1. digicool says:

      Now that I look at the dash close, the graphic with cars and “cruise” doesnt seem to be really part of the display – a bit off perspective angle for the “cruise” bar.

    2. CLIVE says:

      Get over yourself

  12. Terry says:

    Pro-pilot will be for the normal everyday people. It will be tested and proven BEFORE release. This is the first step in autonomous driving. Nissan is using a phased approach its all out there on the web to read about. Sure there won’t be over the air updates or any bleeding edge technology that Tesla is famous for. But what we will get is something that works every time you use it. Not something that flips out over a shadow in the road or misses objects altoughter.

  13. John C says:

    I’m just hoping that don’t have THREE clocks on the dash.

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