2013 Nissan Leaf now more affordable as carmaker drops price

Article by Christian A., on January 22, 2013

Nissan has announced that the base 2013 Nissan Leaf S has a starting price of $29,650 (which includes an $850 destination cost). This means a $6,400 price cut comparing it with the base 2012 Nissan Leaf. The 2013 Leaf S undercuts both the 2013 Ford Focus Electric and the 2012 Mitsubishi i. The starting price of the 2013 Ford Focus Electric is at $39,995 (inclusive of a $795 destination charge).

Meanwhile, the 2012 Mitsubishi i is priced from $29,975 (including an $850 destination charge). Mitsubishi has yet to reveal the pricing for the 2013 i. The base 2012 Nissan Leaf SV has a starting price of $36,050 (which includes a destination charge of $850). According to Nissan North America, the available federal and state incentives cut the price of the 2013 Leaf S down to lower than $19,000.

It should be mentioned though that Leaf buyers may qualify for a $7,500 federal tax credit. The range-topping 2013 Nissan Leaf SL has a starting price of $35,680, including shipping costs. The starting price of the midrange 2013 Nissan Leaf SV is at $32,670, including shipping. Nissan added that it will lease offer for the 2013 Leaf will continue. It has a starting price of $199 per month for 36 months. Nissan has recently started its production in the U.S. of the 2013 Leaf at its Smyrna, Tennessee plant.

The front end of the new Nissan Leaf comes with a styling distinguished by an upright V-shaped design, as emphasized by up-slanting headlights that employs light-emitting diode (LED) technology. These headlights, which feature a blue internal reflective design, are also designed to split and redirect airflow away from the door mirrors, thereby reducing aerodynamic drag and wind noise. Because of their design and technology, the electric consumption of these LED headlights is only 10 percent of that of conventional lamps, thereby helping the EV attain its vaunted range autonomy.

Inside, the new Nissan Leaf features bright trim colors, including the "blue earth" color theme that was derived from the Aqua Globe body color of car’s introductory model. This color theme is obvious in the interior through the blue dashboard highlights and instrument illumination.

Meanwhile, the new Nissan Leaf features an advanced IT system that is connected all the time to a global data center. This allows the system to provide support, information, and entertainment anytime. Interestingly, drivers wouldn’t have to worry as to when the Leaf would use up its power, as the remaining energy – or reachable area – is shown on the dash-mounted monitor. This monitor also shows nearby charging stations.

Interestingly, users could employ their smartphones to switch on air-conditioning or even set charging functions. Users could also pre-program an on-board remote-controlled timer to recharge batteries.

Chief Product Specialist Tooru Abe remarked that the IT system on the new Leaf is its critical advantage. He quipped that the It system allows the new Leaf to become a partner for the driver and an enhancement for the passengers, as well as an instrument in creating a zero-emission community.

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