s59 preprod wp upgrade hr
from the suspension, our 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus whooshes away from the Gaslamp Quarter. We would play Yanni on the energy-efficient seven-speaker sound system, but we’re concentrating on route instructions that will lead us out of the city to the splendid sprawl of North County, where subdivisions cluster along the coast, horse farms occupy the inland valleys, and citrus groves rise with the slopes.
Nissan has chosen this paradise to show off the second-generation Leaf’s new foliage. Remember when the Leaf was introduced in 2009? It had a 24-kWh battery, produced 107 horsepower, and furnished a range of 73 miles. Today the base Leaf has a 40-kWh battery, produces 147 horsepower, and offers a range of 150 miles. Boasting an increase from 192 to 288 cells, the Leaf Plus pushes far beyond this with a 62-kWh battery, 214 horses, and up to 226 miles of range.
As 11th Avenue feeds into the Route 163 freeway leading out of downtown San Diego, we mat the pedal and self-time a zero-to-60-mph sprint of about seven seconds. If this held true on a stopwatch, the time would make the Plus a full second quicker than the base Leaf. Although we wouldn’t call the Leaf Plus edgy, strong midrange acceleration lets us hasten around a gardener’s overloaded pickup before palm fronds fall into the lane.