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3 Things We Learned From the Upcoming 2018 Nissan Leaf

Spy shot of the 2018 Nissan Leaf EV. (Photo Source: Autocar)

Spy shot of the 2018 Nissan Leaf EV. (Photo Source: Autocar)

In our previous article, we have mentioned that Nissan is already clearing up the supply of its first-generation Leaf electric vehicles. In an effort to reach that goal, the automaker has partnered with other companies to provide US customers with up to $10,000 discounts on its lease. The move is to pave the way for the coming of the 2018 Nissan Leaf.

Thanks to leaks, teasers and reliable reports online, we have learned more about the electric car. Here are the top 3 juicy stuff we uncovered about the 2018 Nissan Leaf EV:

Design

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The new Nissan Leaf EV is heavily inspired by the Micra. The leaked photo here and the spy shot on top show the electric car with more aggressive styling.

The new design is in contrast with the existing Leaf with mild-looking fascia. The baggy camouflage wrap of the spied new model of the auto make it hard to distinguish its body lines and actual edges though.

Electric Motor

There is no word yet about the possible boost in the electric motor output of the EV but it is speculated to get more driving range. From full-charge, he car is estimated to run up to 340 miles on pure electric power before its battery runs out of juice. The number is more than double the capability of the current model of the Leaf.

Arrival

The 2018 Nissan Leaf will likely be unveiled a couple of months from now. The sale of the car might start in December. However, other sources claim that the car will hit the market during the early part of next year.

Photos

Check out the teaser and leaked spy shots of the 2018 Nissan Leaf EV in the gallery below:

Save Up to $10,000 on 2017 Nissan Leaf EV Lease

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The 2017 Nissan Leaf electric vehicle presents a pretty decent look packed with just enough horsepower and zero-need for fossil fuel. This June, there are some companies in various parts of the United States of America that provide Nissan Leaf EV lease deals with plenty of ways to gain up to $10,000 in lease discounts.

According to Green Car Reports, Nissan is working with various partners in order to provide $10,000 off on customers getting a 2017 Leaf lease. The savings add to the $7,500 federal income-tax credit of the government. Doing the math, that’s a whopping total of $17,500 in incentives.

One of the companies where customers can save is Baltimore Gas & Electric in Baltimore City, Maryland. A $10,000 discount is offered at the end of June. It can’t be combined with other lease deals though.

Another company offering the same deal outside the coverage area of BG&E is Constellation Energy. The offer was introduced in January but it has been extended up to the end of this month. It should be reminded that there is a need to register with EZ-EV to avail of the deal.

Next is EVgo national charging network in the southern area of Texas. Their partnership with Nissan allows customers to get the same amount of incentive. People availing the deal are required to sign up for an EZ-charge card and the promo is only available for new sign-ups.

For people in Hawaii, the same $10,000 incentive on Nissan Leaf EV lease are offered by Kaua’i Island Utility Cooperative and Hawaiian Electric Company. The deal runs until the end of June.

The source said Nissan might be offering the huge incentives to entice customers into buying their first-generation Leaf EVs in order to clear their supply. A 2018 model of the car is set to be unveiled some time this year with sales of the new model to commence as early as December 2017.

3 Things To Know About The 2017 Nissan Rogue Hybrid

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The 2017 Nissan Rogue Hybrid is finally going to compete against the Toyota RAV4, though we are not sure how this will fare because RAV4 has been alone in the crossover hybrid segment for quite some time now.

Given that the Rogue Hybrid will be around $1,440 less than the RAV4, we’re pretty sure there is a market for this crossover. Not only that, the Rogue also received a mildly better EPA ratings, so environmentalists will surely take notice.

Here are the top 3 features of the hybrid crossover based on a report:

1. Prices

The base model will start at $27,180 for a front-drive SV model and $32,100 for a front-drive SL model. This is around $1,000 to $1,200 more than the prices of the non-hybrid Rogue. To really compete with the Toyota RAV4 (which only comes in AWD), however, you need to add $1,350 on the Nissan’s base price.

This will reflect the fee Nissan charges for an all-wheel drive system. With this additional fee, the Rogue Hybrid SV AWD will come at $28,530, which is $1,440 cheaper than the RAV4 XLE Hybrid. The Rogue SL, on the other hand, costs $33,450 with AWD. This is the model aimed between the hybrid’s SE ($33,125) and Limited ($34,970) trim models.

2. Equipment

Standard to the Rogue SV are automatic climate control, heated front seats, remote start, and blind-spot warning. If you want the Premium package, you will need to add $2,870. That gives you access to navigation, a Bose audio system, a panoramic sunroof, a heated steering wheel, and a power liftgate.

The SIL comes with all those as standard, except for the sunroof. It adds, however, these: leather seats, LED headlights, and 18-inch wheels. If you want the panoramic sunroof and automated emergency braking, you’ll have to add $1,520.

3. Efficiency

The Rogue Hybrid received a rating of 34 mpg combined for front-drive models and 33 mpg combined for all-wheel drive. That’s about 2 mpg more than RAV4’s 32 mpg in fuel economy.

Under the hood, the Rogue is fitted with 2.0-liter four-cylinder paired to a 40-hp electric motor for a total of 176 horsepower.

3 Important Features Of The 2017 Nissan Rogue Sport

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Nissan finally decided to bring its Qashqai to the American market, though it’s now under the name of Rogue Sport. It has been introduced to the American audience during the 2017 North American International Auto Show, and is slated to fit in between the Juke and the regular Rogue.

If you are familiar with the Qashqai, the Rogue Sport is no different from that based on a source. It has the same features and exterior design. The Rogue Sport nameplate is only available in the United States. In Canada, it will still be called Qashqai.

1. Smaller Than The Regular Rogue

In terms of design, we can expect the Rogue Sport to be very similar and close to the European Qashqai. That means it will be smaller than the regular Rogue to appeal to urban dwellers, who are usually stuck in heavy traffic and small roads and parking spaces.

Even the interior bears resemblance to the Qashqai. It has a three-spoke steering wheel, Nissan’s touchscreen infotainment system, and loads of equipment from the regular Roque.

2. Rogue Sport S Comes With Standard Features

The entry-level Rogue Sport S has the standard LED running and taillights, 16-inch wheels, backup camera, Bluetooth, and satellite radio.

3. Rogue Sport SL And SLE Get More

If you want a better-looking Rogue Sport, you can check out the SL trim level. It has 17-inch wheels, push-button start, roof rails, dual-zone auto climate control, a power driver’s seat, and a six-speaker sound system.

As for the flagship SLE, it gets 19-inch wheels, a 360-degree SurroundView camera system and navigation, remote start, fog lights, heated mirrors, leather seats, and a heated steering wheel.

It comes with a CVT system with eco-mode, and buyers can choose between a front- and all-wheel drive. For now, only one engine is available: a 2.0-liter naturally aspirated inline-four that produces 141 horsepower and 147 pound-feet of torque.

3 Ways The 2017 Nissan Sentra NISMO’s Pricing Disappointed Us

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We were all expecting the 2017 Nissan Sentra NISMO to come at under $25,000 because that was what the Japanese automaker earlier revealed. So, it came as a big surprise that the NISMO, Nissan’s new sport compact, was priced at $25,855 because of the mandatory destination fee that was put at $5,000.

Aside from that, here are the three ways that Nissan NISMO surprised us:

1. The base price applies to both options.

How can there be one price for two different transmissions? The $25,855 price tag for the base model covers both the CVT automatic transmission and the 6-speed manual transmission. The latter is obviously the better choice for this turbocharged sedan but of course, there are drivers who prefer to go manual than automatic. Still, it was quite curious why Nissan decided to price the two trims the same. Traditionally, manual transmission should be cheaper.

2. The factory option for Sentra NISMO is priced at $295 and $1,220

Besides two transmission choices, Nissan only offers two other factory options for the 2017 NISMO. The first one is the Aspen White exterior color that sells for an extra $295 and the second one is the Premium package that adds $1,220 on the base price. The Premium package will bring in the Bose audio system and a 5.8-inch touchscreen that has navigation and satellite radio features. Coming standard to the NISMO are the following: heated seats, backup camera, proximity key, microsuede inserts for the steering wheel, a body kit, and 18-inch wheels in 215/45 all-season tires.

If you want summer tires, that is possible too, though Nissan has yet to release the pricing for that.

3. The Nissan NISMO costs more than Ford and Volkswagen.

The Ford Focus ST, which sells for $25,650, and the Volkswagen Golf GTI, which is priced at $26,415, are all coming in cheaper than the 2017 NISMO. That doesn’t make sense, actually, because the Focus ST is more powerful at 252 horsepower while the Golf GTI already ranked in the 10 Best Cars. The Ford Fiesta ST, which costs only $21,995, is 9-horsepower more powerful than the NISMO.

The only reason we can think of why the NISMO is priced higher is because of the stiffer suspension tuning and trim differences.

5 Things To Note About The 2017 Nissan Sentra Nismo

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For the 2017 model year, Nissan is upgrading its Sentra Sedan through the work of its in-house tuner, Nismo. This was introduced ahead of the planned launching at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show on Wednesday.

Here are 5 things you need to know about the Nismo-tuned Sentra based on a source:

1. Concept form Was Previewed In 2013

Back during the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show, Nissan gave us a glimpse of the concept form for the Nissan Sentra Nismo. The problem is, this production version missed out on what the concept has boasted about—240 horsepower. Instead, this Nismo-tuned Sentra will be founded on the Sentra SR Turbo’s setup, which is only good for 188 horsepower.

This will be paired with a front-axle drive and either a 6-speed manual or CVT.

2. “Sporty” Feel Was Fine Tuned

Where Nissan focused was on making sure that the car has a sporty feel to it. Its engineers enhanced the Sentra Nismo’s performance based on aerodynamics, body reinforcements and suspension tuning. They also added some features interior-wise to add to that sporty feel.

3. Chassis Was Adjusted For Sturdier Feel

The Sentra Nismo now has a chassis that has monotube rear dampers and unique tuning on the front springs and struts. They also added stabilizer bars at the front and rear for sturdier driving. The car’s electronic power steering is also fitted with Nismo calibrations for a sportier feel.

4. Nismo Red Accents Were Added In The Exterior

Nissan wants the Nismo to appeal to sporty individuals. As such, they have to tweak the exterior a little bit by making it more aggressive. The Nismo body kit includes Nismo’s signature red accents. It also has 18-inch wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport and 11-inch housing ventilated brake discs at both ends.

The Sentra Nismo comes in four colors: Brilliant Silver, Gun Metallic, Super Black and Aspen White.

5. Interior Receives A Special Treatment

Inside the Sentra Nismo, there are Nismo logos and extra-bolstered seats with red stitching. The sportier steering wheel is wrapped in Alcantara and leather trim. Completing the “special treatment” is a dark headliner and Nismo logo on the instrument panel.

The interior color is charcoal with red accents.

Nissan Releases US Pricing For 2017 GT-R Nismo

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Nissan has released a US pricing of $174,990 for the new 2017 GT-R Nismo during its North American debut at the Japanese Classic Car Show at the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California.

The JCCS, an annual gathering, is the largest one of Japanese heritage enthusiasts in the country. It attracts nearly 400 private heritage cars and more than 7,000 spectators.

The GT-R Nismo is now on sale at certified Nissan dealers nationwide. The premium model, on the other hand, started sale early this summer.

The GT-R Nismo is now available for the third straight year, and it continues to deliver supercar dynamics with advanced aerodynamics and precise handling. Nismo, the brand’s motorsport specialists, developed the GT-R Nismo. The model is available in very limited numbers in North America.

The GT-R Nismo for this model year is characterized by a new look inside and out, including driving performance enhancements. The GT-R Premium will be sold for $109,990 while the GT-R Nismo can be bought for $174,990. Destination and handling will be $1,595.

Michael Bunce, vice president for product planning of Nissan North America, said the Nissan GT-R’s performance was “honed, tuned and developed” at the Nürburgring race course last spring.

The 2017 GT-R Nismo has a new “V-motion” grille, which is one of Nissan’s latest design signatures, was enlarged for better engine cooling. It also now features a matte chrome finish, an updated mesh pattern, and a new hood with pronounced character lines that flow from the grille. This same hood was enhanced for high speed driving.

Unique to the Nismo are the carbon fiber front and rear bumpers, black outside mirrors with red stripe, and carbon fiber side sills and emblem. The rear spoiler is made of carbon and has a special coating for the carbon fiber weave style. This material allows for a lightweight feel with strong characteristics.

US Pricing For 2017 Nissan Altima Announced

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An artistic shot of the new Nissan Altima.

Nissan has revealed the US pricing for its 2017 Altima, which is now on sale at Nissan dealers nationwide. It has a starting price of MSRP $22,500. The car is worth the same as the 2016 Altima 2.5 model. The figures released by the company are suggested retail prices, and do not include other fees and charges that the distributor might add.

According to reports, Altima remains to be Nissan’s most popular vehicle, leading sales in 2016 until August of this year. It has distributed 333,000 units last year, and more are expected in the coming months.

The 2017 Nissan Altima has seven models you can choose from. These are the 2.5 ($22,000), 2.5 S ($22,900), 2.5 SR ($24,470), 2.5 SV ($25,460), 2.5 SL ($28,570), 3.5 SR ($27,990), and 3.5 SL ($32,690) models. The five 2.5-liter models can produce a total of 182 horsepower, and has a 2.5-liter DOHC inline 4-cylinder engine. The 3.5-liter models, on the other hand, can offer up to 270 horsepower on its 3.5-liter DOHC V6. All of the 2017 Altima models will come with an advanced Xtronic transmission.

Fuel economy in the 2017 Altima is on a soar again, and this will be evident once reviews come in. It has a standard fuel economy of 39 miles per gallon highway for the Altima 2.5-liter engine equipped models. That’s a full six miles advantage over the leading competitive model in the segment.

The features that are exclusive to the Nissan Altima models are: Predictive Forward Collision Warning, Easy-fill Tire Alert and NASA-inspired Zero Gravity seats. As for safety shield technologies, Nissan is boasting of its Blind Spot Warning and Intelligent Cruise Control to Rear Cross Traffic Alert.

In terms of infotainment system, the new Nissan Altima has 7.0-inch displays, Siri Eyes Free (standard on all except the 2.5), NissanConnectSM with Navigation and Mobile Apps and NissanConnect Services Powered by SiriusXM® telematics (SiriusXM® subscription required, sold separately).

2017 Nissan Sentra SR Turbo Debuts In Miami

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The new 2017 Nissan Sentra SR Turbo made its world debut at the 46th annual Miami International Auto Show, which ran from September 10 to 18 at the Miami Beach Convention Center. Aside from the SR Turbo, the 2017 Nissan Rogue also made its debut.

The Nissan Sentra SR Turbo packs a 1.6-liter Direct Injection Gasoline (DIGTM) turbocharged engine that delivers a 50-percent horsepower increase from the normally aspirated 1.8-liter Sentra SR powerplant. In total, it has a capacity of 188 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque, which are 64 more horsepower and 52 more lb-ft of torque than non-turbo Nissan grades.

Because of the increase in power and torque, the SR Power needed an enhanced body structure, revised steering system, larger front disc brakes, new 6-speed manual or Xtronic transmission with manual mode, and unique suspension tuning. What comes from this combination are improved acceleration, improved handling, and enhanced ride comfort.

Michael Bunce, vice president for Product Planning at Nissan North America, said the SR Power was specifically designed for those who want all the attributes of a traditional sedan, but also wants to experience turbo performance. It builds upon the redesigned Sentra with 50 percent more power and 40 percent more torque.

All Sentra SR models will have the following features: LED low beam projector headlights with LED accents, lower body side sill extensions, rear spoiler with integrated LED brake light, fog lights, chrome exhaust finisher, heated outside mirrors with LED turn signals, and unique design 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with 205/50R17 all-season tires.

Inside, Sentra SR has sport interior trim, premium sport cloth seats, driver’s seatback pocket, heated front seats, a 5.0-inch Advanced Drive-Assist™ Display (ADAD), and standard Siri Eyes Free™ Voice Recognition.

The 2017 Sentra SR Turbo also has a standard power sliding glass moonroof and SR Turbo badging while the SR Turbo Premium Package, the only option package available with the SR Turbo, includes Blind Spot Warning (BSW)2, Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA)2, leather-appointed seating, and Bose® Premium audio system with eight speakers.

2017 Nissan Sentra SR Turbo Debuted In Miami


The new 2017 Nissan Sentra SR Turbo made its world debut at the 46th annual Miami International Auto Show, which runs from September 10 to 18 at the Miami Beach Convention Center. Aside from the SR Turbo, the 2017 Nissan Rogue also made its debut.

According to the company press release, the SR Turbo packs a 1.6-liter Direct Injection Gasoline (DIGTM) turbocharged engine that delivers a 50-percent horsepower increase from the normally aspirated 1.8-liter Sentra SR powerplant. In total, it has a capacity of 188 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque, which are 64 more horsepower and 52 more lb-ft of torque than non-turbo Nissan grades.

Because of the increase in power and torque, the SR Power needed an enhanced body structure, revised steering system, larger front disc brakes, new 6-speed manual or Xtronic transmission with manual mode, and unique suspension tuning. What comes from this combination are improved acceleration, improved handling, and enhanced ride comfort.

Michael Bunce, vice president for Product Planning at Nissan North America, said the SR Power was specifically designed for those who want all the attributes of a traditional sedan, but also wants to experience turbo performance. It builds upon the redesigned Sentra with 50 percent more power and 40 percent more torque.

All Sentra SR models will have the following features: LED low beam projector headlights with LED accents, lower body side sill extensions, rear spoiler with integrated LED brake light, fog lights, chrome exhaust finisher, heated outside mirrors with LED turn signals, and unique design 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with 205/50R17 all-season tires.

Inside, Sentra SR has sport interior trim, premium sport cloth seats, driver’s seatback pocket, heated front seats, a 5.0-inch Advanced Drive-Assist™ Display (ADAD), and standard Siri Eyes Free™ Voice Recognition.

The 2017 Sentra SR Turbo also has a standard power sliding glass moonroof and SR Turbo badging while the SR Turbo Premium Package, the only option package available with the SR Turbo, includes Blind Spot Warning (BSW)2, Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA)2, leather-appointed seating, and Bose® Premium audio system with eight speakers.

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