New Leaf tickles at Mobile World Congress


Mobile device: The third-generation MY16 Nissan Leaf was unveiled as if it was a mobile phone. — AFP Relaxnews

Mobile device: The third-generation MY16 Nissan Leaf was unveiled as if it was a mobile phone. — AFP Relaxnews

Nissan's latest mobile device was presented at the GSMA Mobile World Congress and the company wants you to think it's getting into mobile devices.

Truth be told, it has been for a while, if you can classify a small, affordable electric car as a mobile device, that is.

Unveiled and even unboxed as if it was some sort of mobile phone, the third-generation MY16 Nissan Leaf totes four cameras and a 7-inch colour screen.

Perhaps most importantly, the driving range is significantly increased to 155 miles (249.5km) per charge, up from 107 miles (172.2km) on a 2016 model year Leaf with its older version of the 30 KWh battery.

That's still a fair way off a Tesla's midrange, 265-mile (426.5km) Model S – a car which would be the world's best-selling plug-in electric, were it not for the Leaf itself – but then, with the compact Leaf costing half as much at retail, they're not exactly in the same ballpark to begin with.

Video: Nissan 'unboxes' its latest mobile device. — AFP Relaxnews