Leaf receives an array of updates, whilst basic trim and leasing option gives a £16k entry price
Mark Tisshaw
11 April 2013

Nissan has released pricing and specification details for the facelifted Leaf. Now with a new production facility in Sunderland, the Leaf boasts more than 100 changes over the original.

The range has been increased to 124 miles from 109 through improved aerodynamics and a more efficient powertrain, including changes to the Leaf's regenerative braking system. From a 32amp supply with an optional 6.6kw charger, the battery's recharging time has been halved from eight to four hours.

Nissan has also tweaked the styling, raised the luggage capacity, boosted cold weather performance with a new heat pump and retuned the ride and handling.

Nissan's EV is now offered with three trim levels and the option of leasing its batteries. The range now features Visia, Acenta and Tekna models, with the entry-level Visia available from £20,990 after the Government's £5000 plug-in grant has been taken into account. A Leaf Acenta is £23,490 and the Tekna £25,490.

If buyers wish to lease the batteries for a Leaf, the prices fall by £5000, making a Leaf Acenta £15,990. All Leafs bought on a lease package will be 'Flex' models. Battery leasing starts at £70 a month, this figure based on the longest contract length (three years) and the lowest mileage limit of 7500 miles annually. Taking a year off the contract adds £10 a month to the lease price, and upping the mileage limit (offered in intervals up to 15,000 miles per year) also increases the monthly payment. The most expensive battery lease rate is £129 a month, for a 12-month contract and a mileage allowance of 15,000 miles.

The Leaf's batteries are now also protected by an extended warranty. As well as the five-year policy for defective materials or poor workmanship offered previously, the revised Leaf also receives cover for capacity loss for the same period. This allows repair or replacement of a battery which, according to Nissan, 'falls short of what might reasonably be expected'.

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27 February 2013

Not bad, the base version costs less and goes further on a charge, 20% further in fact which is not bad for a mid-life update. 

Be great to run one as second car and it's build in Britain too!

Wonder if this is in response to the up coming electric Golf, Focus and BMW, I feel a shoot out coming on

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

27 February 2013

Have only seen one once and it was overtaking and coming towards me on my side of the road, maybe they were trying to get to a charging point before it went flat? Maybe will see a few more now, though not sure they pollute less say compared to a 1.6 Golf? Are n't Peugeot bringing out a compressed air hybrid? That sounds interesting to me.

27 February 2013

Time to do the maths!!!

27 February 2013

At 20,000 it's actually competitive with some small family cars. If range isn't an issue, say your commute was 50 miles a day, it would actually look quite appealing.

27 February 2013

EV's getting closer to being competitive in the real world, at least for the 1st owner (who's going to buy a 7 year old one? not me!)

27 February 2013

It would be interesting to know how Nissan has achieved the claimed 14% extra range. Does it have a higher capacity battery to give a real world increase, or have they just applied a different fiddle factor?

I can't help feeling that if the increase was genuine the company would be proudly explaining how it was achieved.

If there has been progress, could the changes be applied to earlier models?

27 February 2013

The Leaf entered production in 2010 - battery technology generally has come on a long way in the last 2 years (see, for example, the capacity of smartphone batteries now compared with 2010). They'll also have more feedback on factors affecting the car's real-world performance from servicing data and so on, plus possibly weight saving and/or improvements in installation if the batteries have been reduced in size or redesigned. All of them could account for the improvement claimed, and that's just going off the top of my head.

As to whether it could be applied to earlier models, if it's just a change in battery design then possibly. The batteries are leased after all so changing them over at the next service should be feasible. Whether it'll happen or not is anyone's guess.

27 February 2013

The batteries are not leased. That's why the Leaf is so Expensive.


27 February 2013

Quite right - apologies. It's the Renaults with the leased batteries. For some reason I thought Nissan had gone down that route as well...

Also, having looked into it more it looks like aerodynamic and equipment changes are the reason for the increase in range, not any changes to the battery, so retrofitting older cars is probably going to be more difficult.

27 February 2013

At £20k Nissan Leaf is begining to make sense as a full-size family hatchback that produces zero CO2 at the point of use, zero NOx and zero particulate emissions.


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