The original Nissan Leaf Volume was a pioneer in electric vehicles but the current second generation model that came for 2018 was largely overshadowed by the Tesla lineup as well as new offers from other established automakers.
With 14,239 sales in the U.S. last year, compared to 121,610 for the Tesla Model 3 over the same period, it is clear that Leaf is not at the top of the list of favorites for many EV buyers. Nissan will look to boost leaf sales at the 2022 New York International Auto Show and with an updated version set to debut in the showroom as a 2023 model this summer.
Updates are secondary and are unlikely to help Leaf so much in sales competition. They include a modified front fascia and new black accents on the headlights. The Nissan badge is also now lighter, and the standard 17-inch wheels have adopted a more daring design. Our rear spoiler and some underbody components have been reshaped to improve the aerodynamic efficiency of the vehicle.
Internal changes are limited to new graphics and new trim options for the digital instrument cluster. Nissan has limited grades to a Leaf S and a Leaf SV Plus, reflecting the most popular configurations of the previous year.
The Leaf S has a 40-kilowatt-hour battery and a 147-hp electric motor, which is good for a range of about 149 miles. The Leaf SV Plus has a 60-kwh battery and a 214-hp battery, which is good for about 226 miles.
Pricing for the 2023 Leaf has not yet been announced, but Nissan expects an early figure near the 22 28,375 sticker of the 2022 model.
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