Updated Nissan Leaf launched with more tech and lower price

Pure-electric Nissan Leaf receives technology upgrades, while slashing the price of the flagship model by £1,685

Nissan has launched an updated version of the Leaf electric hatchback, with a few new technology updates and some revised prices for its Volkswagen ID.3 rival. 

Prices for the entry-level Acenta and N-Connecta models remain the same at £26,845 and £28,145 respectively. The price of Nissan’s higher-end e+ N-Connecta and e+ N-Tec models also remain the same at £32,695 and £33,295. However, the price of the mid-range Tekna model has increased by £315 to £30,160, to account for the new standard equipment.

To offset this, Nissan has dropped the price of the flagship e+ Tekna variant by £1,685 to £34,710. Some of the Leaf’s options have also reduced in price – ProPilot is £145 cheaper at £450, while the price of the Japanese firm’s ProPilot parking assist system has been reduced by £295 to £795.

Upgrades over the outgoing model includes a new telescopic steering wheel and blind-spot intervention system, which are standard across the entire range. Nissan has also added a shark-fin antenna for N-Connecta models and up, along with an intelligent rear-view mirror, which comes as standard on Tekna models and up.

The latter system features an LCD monitor mounted in the rear-view mirror, which displays images from a camera housed at the rear of the vehicle. Nissan says the system gives the driver a clear view of following traffic, free from obstructions caused by rear-seat passengers or luggage. The system is also available as a £395 option on lower specifications.

Buyers still have their choice of two powertrains. The entry-level Leaf comes with a 148bhp electric motor and a 40kWh battery pack which offers a maximum claimed range of 168 miles. The e+ N-Connecta model features a 214bhp electric motor and a 62kWh unit, which offers a 0–62mph time of 6.9 seconds and boosts the car’s maximum range to 239 miles.

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