This is for the Japanese market only, although other markets cannot be ruled out in the future. The Nissan Sakura is an all-new pure electric mini-vehicle joining the Leaf and the Ariya in Nissan’s EV lineup.
The Japanese automaker unveiled the Nissan Sakura yesterday with a belief it would be a game-changer.
The mini-vehicle with such a symbolic name for Japan is 3,395 mm long, 1,475 mm wide, and 1,655 mm high. The wheelbase is 2,495 mm, and the weight is 1,070 kg – 1,080 kg.
The Nissan Sakura features instant and smooth power, fast and steady acceleration. Its low center of gravity enhances stability and enables a nice ride comfort.
The Sakura’s electric powertrain’s output is 47 kW (63 hp) and 195 Nm (144 lb-ft) of torque. Its compact, 20-kWh lithium-ion battery provides an ample range of up to 180 km or 112 miles according to the WLTC Japan cycle.
You can also use it as a mobile power source that daily offers 12 kW – a day’s worth of electricity to an average home in Japan.
There are three drive modes – Eco, Standard, and Sport – for different situations. Using an e-Pedal Step, the driver can decelerate steadily and smoothly by easing off an accelerator pedal.
This action also charges the battery through regenerative braking. Using only the accelerator pedal, the driver can modulate the vehicle’s speed.
Moreover, the new Nissan Sakura is equipped with a ProPILOT Park system to control acceleration, steering, shifting, and braking while parking,
Exterior and Interior
15 body colors are available including 4 two-tone options, and 3 interior colors – blue-grey, black and beige.
The exterior features slim headlights with projector-type triple beams, aluminum wheels with a mizuhiki-inspired design, a glowing badge, and wide rear combination LED lamps. A charging port on the right-side back of the vehicle lights up when the lid opens.
Inside, there is a 7-inch advanced drive-assist display meter, a big horizontal 9-inch navigation display for the NissanConnect navigation system, sofa-designed seats upholstered in a luxurious fabric, and a twin-spoke steering.
Addition ‘goodies’ include cup holders or a horizontal instrument panel center tray. The luggage capacity is 107 liters (3.8 cubic feet).
The Nissan Sakura goes on sale in Japan this summer with a starting price of 1.78 mln yen, including a clean energy vehicle subsidy and a consumption tax.