Nissan Unveils Japan-Exclusive “Sakura” EV
Nissan showcased their all-new Sakura electric “mini-vehicle,” scheduled for a Japanese-market launch this summer.
The Sakura is said to follow the Nissan LEAF and Ariya as mass-market electric vehicles, providing consumers with greater access to EVs. On top of providing the EV powertrain experience, the new model implements a variety of modern tech, safety, and design features.
Powering this micromachine is a 20kWh battery, providing up to 47kW to the two-wheel drive setup. This translates to a top-speed of approximately 180 km/h (~80 mph). Due to the smaller battery capacity, the Sakura is estimated at traveling up to 111-miles on a full charge. Quick charge estimates state an 80 percent charge can be completed in roughly 40 minutes; standard charging can take up to 8 hours to reach full capacity.
As the “mini-vehicle” designation suggests, the Sakura (“cherry blossom” in Japanese) is small, measuring out at just over 11-feet long, just under 5-feet wide, and about 5.4-inches tall. Thanks to its 8-foot wheelbase, its turning radius is 15.75-feet; ultimately, the Sakura weighs between 2359- and 2381-pounds, depending on trim level and equipment.
The Sakura will come equipped with three drive modes -- Eco, Standard and Sport. An e-Pedal Step system will allow drivers to slow down by stepping off the accelerator. It’s unclear if the Sakura’s e-Pedal will act as a true one-pedal driving system similar to what many EVs come equipped with, but it sounds similar enough. Nissan says e-Pedal will make city driving more pleasurable and snow-covered roads easier to traverse.
Drivers will also be benefitted by a 7-inch Advanced Drive Assist Display meter and a 9-inch, horizontal infotainment display. This is powered by NissanConnect, offering navigation, emergency SOS, and wireless Apple CarPlay. Seats are said to have a “sofa design,” upholstered in luxurious fabric.
The Nissan Sakura will launch with a starting price of 2,399,100 yen before any tax incentives, which equates to roughly $18,250 USD. A 550,00 yen clean energy vehicle subsidy will bring the price down to a US equivalent of $14,471 dollars. It’s unlikely this model will ever come state-side, but perhaps a larger derivative will make its way here eventually. If it does we’ll be sure to check it out on MotorWeek!