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.