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In Japan, they are the queens of the city. Kei cars welcome a new recruit with the launch of a new model signed Nissan. Named Sakura in reference to the Japanese emblem that is the cherry blossom, this small cubic-looking urban car was launched in May 2022 by the Japanese manufacturer. This is Nissan’s third electric model, which also sells the Leaf and Ariya.

Rather modern, the design of the Nissan Sakura is marked by a full grille, alloy wheels, a cargo hatch that lights up at night, a low center of gravity or even a rear light signature that occupies the full width of the car. . Fifteen body colors are available in the catalog and can be mixed to create two-tone configurations. The Sakura is 3,395 meters long, 1,475 meters wide and 1,655 meters high. Its wheelbase is set at 2,495 meters.

Small car, little autonomy

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Available only with two-wheel drive, the Nissan Sakura adopts a 47 kW (64 hp) engine for 195 Nm of torque. Mainly intended for the city, the car is limited to a top speed of only 130 km / h. It incorporates a 20 kWh lithium-ion battery that gives it a small electrical range of only 180 kilometers. “It’s perfect for everyday use,” Nissan promises. According to the manufacturer, recharging takes eight hours on a power outlet and about 40 minutes on a fast terminal.

Two screens on board this entry car

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According to Nissan, the Sakura has a “wide interior”, despite its small size. On board, prospective buyers will find a 7-inch digital instrument panel installed behind the wheel, while a 9-inch touchscreen is integrated into the dashboard. It is associated with the NissanConnect infotainment system, which includes GPS navigation, but also Apple CarPlay wireless.

Up to four people inside

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For the rest, this cabin has a kind of fabric bench in front, as well as a very small shift lever located in the center console. The steering wheel can be covered in leather by opting for the Premium Interior pack. The upholstery, on the other hand, is available in black, beige or blue gray. In total, four people can sit on board, and the trunk has a cargo volume set at 107 liters.

It is parked thanks to the ProPilot

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Despite its status as a small city car, the Nissan Sakura is equipped with the ProPilot autonomous driving system, accompanied by its variant for parking, the ProPilot Park. “It controls steering, acceleration, braking, gearshift and handbrake,” the brand describes. On the road, the driver can finally opt for three driving modes called Eco, Standard and Sport. You can also take advantage of the famous e-Pedal, which allows you to use only the accelerator pedal and recover energy while decelerating.


Only available in the land of the Rising Sun, the Nissan Sakura will be available from the summer of 2022. Its starting price is set at 1.78 million yen, or around € 13,152 at the time of writing. lines. The price can reach 2.94 million yen with the high-end G finish, or around € 21,712. Marketing in France seems very unlikely.

To sum up

Nissan launches new model in the kei car market in Japan. The brand sells the Sakura, a small square design urban car that aims to offer a spacious interior that can accommodate up to four occupants. The Sakura has a 64 hp electric motor for 195 Nm of torque, as well as a 20 kWh battery that limits its range to 180 kilometers. According to Nissan, this is enough for everyday use in urban areas. Only available in the land of the Rising Sun, the Sakura sells for 1.78 million yen, or around € 13,152 at the time of writing.

Julien Maron

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