2013 Nissan Leaf Facelift receives over 100 changes, offers battery leasing

Article by Christian Andrei, on April 13, 2013

With the arrival of the next generation of Nissan's all-electric LEAF, we get a pleasant surprise as for the first time ever, customers are able to lease batteries for the 100% electric car and select from three trim levels. There’s a new pricing structure in place. Cars with leased batteries will be identified as 'Flex' models.

For £15,990 (after considering the Government's £5,000 plug-in grant), buyers can get the entry-level Visia LEAF. The cost of the separate battery lease payment depends on the contract length of and mileage covered but it starts at only £70 per month and go to as high as £25,490 for the range-topping Tekna LEAF, with the battery purchased outright. The new LEAF has over 100 improvements compared to its predecessor.

Many of these changes were made as a result of feedback from LEAF owners. The range was extended from 109 miles to 124 miles and the recharging time for its battery has been cut in half compared to the first-generation LEAF. Nissan achieved the longer range by enhancing the LEAF's aerodynamics and its regenerative braking system and giving it a more efficient E-powertrain.

Nissan also gave it a new heating system that’s 70% more efficient via the use of a heat pump in the system. This improved its real world range. It also received a new interior trim, Nissan’s Around View Monitor technology and new suspension settings intended for European roads.

UK buyers can choose from the three trim levels: Visia, Acenta and Tekna. All the models offer a bigger boot space due to the repositioning of the charging point and an improved interior trim. Both front seats have a height adjust facility and bigger foot space for passengers. The top-most trim level, Tekna, gets a BOSE energy-efficient sound system with a subwoofer and seven speaker as well as a set of 17-inch alloys and LED headlamps.

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