Nissan has added an entry-level trim to its longer-range 62kWh Leaf model, with the new e+ N-Connecta getting the 239-mile range version of the Leaf down to a pre-grant price tag of £35,695 – £600 below the e+ N-TEC. Previously the longer-range Leaf had only been available in the higher grades.
All three trims are now offered with both the regular 168-mile range Leaf and the e+ model.
Production of the 2020 model year cars begins in mid-November, with the Leaf gaining extra equipment including blindspot intervention on all models, the intelligent rear view mirror on Tekna and shark fin antenna on N-Connecta models, while all cars get the addition of a telescopic adjustment to the steering wheel, curing a significant criticism of the driving position by now enabling both reach and rake adjustment for the first time in a Leaf. The extra kit means a £315 increase on the Tekna 40kWh model, but the rest of the range stays where it was price-wise despite the spec changes.
Nissan has also cut the price of its range-topping e+ Tekna model by £1685 to £37,710 before the Government’s £3,000 pug-in car grant.
“The Nissan LEAF continues to set the standard for advancing the affordability and desirability of zero-emission driving,” said James Bird, EV product manager at Nissan GB. “The latest updates for the introduction of the MY20 LEAF range ensure the model is very competitive against other EVs in the segment, and even more accessible for customers.”
According to Nissan, the Leaf is enjoying a big rise in year-on-year sales during 2020, up 56% over the first nine months of this year.
The only other change for the model year Leaf is the introduction of a new Ceramic Grey body colour, available with or without a Pearl Black Metallic roof colour. Arctic White, Spring Cloud Green and the two-tone Spring Cloud/Pearl Black have been discontinued.