A small electric car cut to get around town

A small electric car cut to get around town


Zapping Autonews Green Nissan Sakura (2022): new Japanese electric city car on video

In Japan, they are the queen of the city. Kei Cars welcomes a new recruit with the release of a new Nissan signature model. This compact compact city car was launched in May 2022 by the Japanese manufacturer. This is the third electric model from Nissan, which also sells the Leaf and Ariya.

Instead of being modern, the design of Nissan Sakura is characterized by a full grille, alloy wheels, a charging hatch that lights up at night, a low center of gravity or even a signature rear light that spans the entire width of the car. Fifteen body colors are available in the catalog, and they can be mixed to create two-tone configurations. Sakura has a length of 3.395 meters, a width of 1.475 meters and a height of 1.655 meters. Its wheelbase is set at 2.495 meters.

Small car, small range

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Available in two-wheel drive only, the Nissan Sakura packs a 47 kW (64 hp) engine with 195 Nm of torque. Mainly intended for the city, the car sees its top speed as only 130 km/h. It packs a 20 kWh lithium-ion battery that gives it a limited electric range of just 180 km. “It’s perfect for everyday use,” Nissan promises. According to the manufacturer, recharging takes eight hours at the mains socket, and about 40 minutes at the fast terminal.

Two screens inside this entry-level car

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According to Nissan, the Sakura has a “spacious interior”, despite its small size. Inside, future buyers will find a 7-inch digital instrument cluster mounted behind the steering wheel, while a 9-inch touchscreen is integrated into the dashboard. It is linked to the NissanConnect infotainment system, which includes GPS navigation, but also wireless Apple CarPlay.

Up to four people inside

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For others, this passenger compartment has a type of fabric bench seat in front, as well as a very small gear lever located in the center console. The steering wheel can be covered in leather by choosing the Premium Interior package. Upholstery, meanwhile, is available in black, beige or gray blue. In total, four people can sit on board, and the trunk has a loading volume set at 107 liters.

It parks itself thanks to ProPilot

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Despite its status as a small city car, the Nissan Sakura has the ProPilot autonomous driving system, accompanied by its parking-oriented variant, the ProPilot Park. “It controls steering, acceleration, braking, gearshifting and handbrake,” explains the brand. On the road, the driver can finally choose three driving modes called Eco, Standard and Sport. It can also take advantage of the popular e-Pedal, which allows you to use only the accelerator pedal and recover energy during deceleration.


The Nissan Sakura is only available in the land of the Rising Sun from summer 2022. Its starting price is set at 1.78 million yen, or around €13,152 at the time of writing these lines. The price can go up to 2.94 million yen with the top-end G, or around €21,712. A sale in France seems highly unlikely.

In short

Nissan launches a new model in the kei car market in Japan. The brand sells the Sakura, a compact city car with a square design that nevertheless claims to offer a spacious interior that can accommodate up to four people. The Sakura has a 64 hp electric motor with 195 Nm of torque, as well as a 20 kWh battery that limits the distance to 180 km. According to Nissan, this is enough for daily use in urban areas. Available only in the land of the Rising Sun, Sakura is priced from 1.78 million yen, or around €13,152 at the time of writing.

Julien Maron