I was led to believe that the 2019 model had switched to the liquid cooled vs. Air cooled battery system, which is part of what gives it a boost to range and longevity, and is just all around better.
Note, I am aware of the extended range model coming out (local dealership says Feb?), but that will not be affordable for us, as much as I would love the 60kw motor.
Who led you to believe it? There is NO change to the battery cooling on currently shipping '19 Leafs. There isn't any other than passive air cooling.
https://nissannews.com/en-US/nissan/usa ... -press-kit
outlines the ONLY change
For 2019, LEAF adds standard Rear Door Alert (RDA)5 (late availability), a system that can help remind customers of items that may be forgotten in the rear seat.
Another version of the 2019 LEAF with a higher range will be introduced at a later date.
Not sure what you mean by "60kw motor". It is 110 kW on the '18 and '19 Leaf, which is about 147 hp. 60 kW would be only ~80 hp.
'11 to '16 Leafs had 80 kW motors, which is about 107 hp.
The '18 Leaf and currently shipping '19 Leaf have 40 kWh batteries. Based upon slides like https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid ... ater&ifg=1
(I was present at that EVent when the Nissan corporate marketing guy put it up on screen), we can safely guess that the future longer range Leaf will have a ~60 kWh battery.
If you don't understand the difference in units, please see http://www.mynissanleaf.com/viewtopic.p ... 69#p520169
. We've gone over this many times here.