CARS.COM — We know a new 2018 Nissan Leaf is coming — but we don’t know much else about the second generation of the electric hatchback. Nissan is slowly doling out the details and today revealed another one: The new Leaf will feature ProPilot Assist, the automaker’s driver assistance system that automatically controls acceleration, braking and steering on single-lane highways. Nissan says it “reduces the hassle of stop-and-go highway driving.”
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The system debuted on the 2018 Infiniti Q50, from Nissan’s upscale brand, and the driver assistance systems under the Q50’s ProPilot banner include Direct Adaptive Steering; Active Lane Control; Intelligent Cruise Control; Distance Control Assist; Backup Collision Intervention; blind spot warning and intervention; lane departure warning and prevention; forward emergency braking; and Predictive Forward Collision Warning. The automaker said that, in the coming years, ProPilot will offer increasing levels of autonomy and will eventually be able to automatically navigate city intersections.
So far, we don’t know much else about the Leaf aside from predicted greater range. Nissan previously said it was developing a 200-mile range Leaf, a big leap over the current model’s EPA-rated 107-mile range; the added miles would make it competitive with the Chevrolet Bolt EV’s 238-mile range. The new 2018 Leaf will debut later this year.