Nissan LEAF Black Edition will have limited production run

Article by Christian A., on December 7, 2016

Customers in the European market are known for leaning towards style and with this in mind, Nissan has revealed the special LEAF Black Edition. While the production run of this limited edition will be restricted from March 2017 and until August 2017 only, the brand expects that it will set new standards when it comes to mass-marketed electric vehicles that have a premium and smooth style. With this edition to be sold solely in Europe, Nissan also disclosed that the first 1,000 customers will also have an in-vehicle Wi-Fi hotspot installed, for free, which allows for a connection of a maximum of 8 devices.

The LEAF Black Edition is mainly based on the Acenta grade and brings with it a number of improvements to the style as well as an innovative design. On the interior, the use of the blue-stitched mats gives it that premium finish.

Some of the features include the NissanConnect EV telematics system which comes with the pioneering Around View Monitor technology fitted as standard. On the exterior, additions to the style include the rear roof spoiler and door mirror caps, both in black. There is also the privacy glass, illuminated entry guards, LED headlamps, and the alloy black 16-inch wheels.

According to Gareth Dunsmore, who is Nissan Europe’s Director of Electric Vehicles, the Black Edition of the LEAF is a way for the brand to give customers a chance to own a 100% electric vehicle that is affordable but comes in a premium design. However the goal was not limited to the style as Nissan remains committed to offering innovations that are expected to thrill customers. This version can achieve that with the Around View Monitor technology, he continued. Through this technology, Dunsmore said further, customers will be able to drive the LEAF in a more confident manner, which is what Nissan Intelligent Mobility is all about.

The Nissan LEAF was first released back in 2010 and was the first electric vehicle to be mass-marketed. Since then, at least 240,000 units of this model have been sold around the world with 64,000 of them being presently driven on the roads of Europe. These figures, the brand says, show clearly that the LEAF is currently the best-selling EV.

Powering the first version of the LEAF was a 24 kWh battery but this was later replaced by Nissan with a 30 kWh. Under the new battery, the LEAF experienced an increase on the EPA-estimated range to 107 miles from 84 miles on a full charge. A new generation of the LEAF is said to be in development and it will be powered with a 60 kWh battery allowing it to reach a range of 249 miles.

While the actual form has yet to be shown, many are saying that the style will likely be similar to the IDS Concept that was presented during the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show. There is the expectation though the new LEAF would be released as a 2018 model year with a possible debut set for 2017. Should this occur, it will put the LEAF on course to challenge the Model 3 from Tesla and the Bolt from Chevrolet.

Press Release

NISSAN REVEALS STYLISH NEW LEAF BLACK EDITION

New LEAF Black Edition – a limited version of the all-electric LEAF – on sale from March 2017

Features exclusive design accents including black 16” alloy wheels, black door mirror caps and black rear roof spoiler

Based on Acenta grade, it features the latest Nissan technologies including Around View Monitor, NissanConnect EV telematics and advanced safety systems

First 1,000 customers to purchase the LEAF Black Edition to receive a free in-vehicle Wi-Fi hotspot

The LEAF Black Edition demonstrates Nissan’s commitment to Intelligent Mobility, combining cutting edge EV technology with sleek, high end design

Paris, FRANCE 8th November 2016: Today, Nissan has unveiled the special version LEAF Black Edition, setting the standard for sleek, premium styling in the mass-market electric vehicle (EV) sector.

Based on Nissan’s existing Acenta grade, the Nissan LEAF Black Edition offers cutting-edge design and a number of dynamic styling enhancements. Stylish exterior additions include 16” black alloy wheels, LED headlamps, illuminated entry guards, privacy glass, black door mirror caps and black rear roof spoiler. Blue-stitched mats give the interior a premium finish.

The Black Edition also comes with the latest evolution of the advanced NissanConnect EV telematics system and its innovative Around View Monitor technology as standard.

Gareth Dunsmore, Director of Electric Vehicles at Nissan Europe, said: "The Nissan LEAF Black Edition offers our customers stylish, premium design in an affordable mass-market 100 percent electric vehicle. We are committed to delivering innovation that excites and this vehicle does just that, with our leading Around View Monitor technology offering customers a more confident drive – embodying Nissan Intelligent Mobility.”

The limited edition model is on sale in Europe for a restricted production run from March 2017 up until August 2017, with the first 1,000 customers in Europe receiving a free Wi-Fi hotspot – capable of powering up to eight devices.

Launched in 2010, the Nissan LEAF was the first mass-market electric vehicle. The latest 30kWh version gives drivers up to 155 miles* of motoring range, opening up a new world of opportunity for drivers. Nissan is dedicated to delivering a smarter, more sustainable future, with customers having driven more than 2.5 billion electric miles.

Since the Nissan LEAF first went on sale in 2010, almost 240,000 units have been sold globally, with 64,000 of these on Europe’s roads; making it the world’s best-selling electric vehicle.

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