Nissan has unveiled the updates to the 2013 Nissan Leaf electric vehicle, which is now entering its third model year. The changes to the Leaf include improved efficiency, reduced charging times, more features and a new cheaper entry-level S trim model.
"The refinements and enhancements for 2013 hit at the core of customer requests during LEAF's first two years - available features providing quicker charging, improved range expectations and the ability to fine-tune the equipment levels to exact owner needs, whether they desire fewer standard features for an even more affordable car or more luxury amenities like leather-appointed seating and premium audio," stated Nissan Division Vice President and General Manager Al Castignetti.
The 2013 Leaf gets refined aerodynamics, a wider range of regenerative braking and improved energy management to improve its energy efficiency. A newly available 6.6 kW onboard charger that reduces 220V charging time nearly in half to approximately four hours for full charge. If you want to reduce the charging times even more, a Quick Charge Port (standard on SL, optional on S, SV) allows charging to 80 percent capacity in 30 minutes at public charging stations using a DC fast charger.
Other 2013 model year additions include an available hybrid heater system that provides superior cold weather performance while consuming less energy; a new available "B" drive mode that increases regenerative braking during deceleration; and a new charge port light and lock, with a charge port door release button added to the intelligent key fob.
The interior has been upgraded with a standard leather-wrapped steering wheel and an available black interior color. Rear cargo space has been increased to 24 cubic feet with the 2nd row seat upright by relocating the onboard charger to the front of the vehicle. There is 30 cubic feet of cargo space with the standard 60/40-split rear seat folded down.
Three new option packages are added for 2013. The Quick Charge Package (S grade only) includes the 6.6 kW onboard charger, Quick Charge Port and RearView Monitor. The LED Headlights + Quick Charge Port Package (SV grade only) includes LED headlights, auto on/off headlights, fog lights and Quick Charge Port. Finally, the Premium Package (SV and SL grades) offers the advanced Around View Monitor and Bose 7-speaker audio.
The 2013 Leaf will officially debut next week at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show. Even though the 2013 Leaf is now more efficient, the official specs and driving range will not be released until closer to the on sale date.
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