Today, March 5th, Nissan has also unveiled the Euro-spec 2013 Leaf, which will be manufactured in Sunderland, UK.
If we are to compared the European version of the Leaf with the Japan-built one, we’ll see more than 100 modifications and improvements in the new version, such as greater recyclability, more interior space, subtle tweaks to the vehicle’s nose which offer improved aerodynamic efficiency and also more equipment.
The automaker has also increased the model’s range from 109 miles (175.4 km) to 124 miles (199.5 km) and the battery can be fully charged in four hours from eight hours thanks to an optional fast charger. Nissan has also added a new entry-level Visia trim with 16-inch steel wheels, black door mirror caps and halogen headlights.
Besides the cheaper entry-level Visia which costs about £20,000 in the UK, Nissan also offers the Acenta and the top-spec Tekna with 17 inch alloy wheels, a Bose sound system, LED headlights and an ‘Around View Monitor’ parking aid. The new LEAF also comes with a wider range of color choice, driving modes, a clearer sat-nav, more supportive seats, a choice of leather trim or new ‘environmentally friendly’ fabrics for the seats.
‘By moving the charger from the rear of the LEAF to under the bonnet it has been possible to increase the luggage area by as much as 40 litres – or about the size of a typical airplane ‘carry-on’ suit-case. There is now no obstacle in the middle of the boot floor when the seats are folded,’ said Nissan’s spokesman.