Nissan is launching the 2016 Leaf in United States where it has gained a larger 30 kWh battery. It’s available for the mid-range Leaf SV version which kicks off at $34,200 and for the flagship Leaf SL that begins at $36,790 whereas the base Leaf S is still stuck with the 24 kWh battery and kicks off at $29,010, with all the prices excluding the $7,500 federal tax credit at efile time. Go for the small battery and you get a range of up to 84 miles (135 km) whereas the larger pack offers an EPA-rated range of 107 miles (172 km) which represents the best in its class.
The new battery pack will be fully charged in around six hours while a quick charge for around 30 minutes will ensure a 80% recharge level and compared to the smaller battery this will bring a 22% jump in miles of range. Moreover, the 2016 Leaf S now has a standard NissanConnectSM infotainment system with a five-inch screen and Mobile Apps while the Leaf SV and SL get a 7-inch NissanConnect with Navigation and Mobile Apps.
Lastly, Nissan is adding three new paints to choose from: Coulis Red, Deep Blue Pearl and Forged Bronze joining the usual five colors.