Nissan debuts the 2023 Leaf in the United States with a refreshed exterior design, new aluminium-alloy wheels and a revised lineup. The updated Leaf makes its debut at the 2022 New York International Auto Show prior to its summer on-sale date.
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The biggest external differences are cosmetic: a refreshed grille, massaged front bumper moulding, and the headlights feature a new black inner finisher. Internally, there also were some design changes, as the Nissan badge on the steering wheel has been updated and there’s a new startup animation on the instrument panel screen. Black cloth upholstery was also added as standard, and the Leaf SV Plus version features gloss black finishers.
The largest differences between the two trims are the battery and the motor’s output. The LEAF S gets a 40 kWh lithium-ion battery and an electric motor that delivers 147 kW and 320 Nm of torque. The LEAF SV PLUS, meanwhile, gets a 60 kWh battery and its motor makes 160 kW and 339 Nm of torque. Official EPA-estimated ranges for both trim levels will be announced closer to launch but are expected to be similar to the 2022 models.
Pricing is also expected to be announced closer to the launch, however, Nissan also remarked that they will fall close to the 2022 version. In addition, “Qualified purchasers may also be eligible for a potential federal tax credit of up to $7,500”.
Update 22 June 2022
The refreshed 2023 Nissan Leaf is now on sale in the U.S. nationwide. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Prices start at $27,800. Nissan added that qualified purchasers may be eligible for up to $7,500 with the federal tax credit.
“LEAF continues to deliver on its promise of quality, innovation and value,” said Aditya Jairaj, director, EV Marketing and Sales, Nissan U.S. “A competitive price point paired with a host of standard technology features and refreshed design makes Nissan LEAF a truly attractive option for anyone considering an EV.”
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