The currently second generation Nissan Leaf has been given an update. The new 2016 Nissan Leaf is a vehicle that will assume the role of the current vehicle which is announced to be carried over without any particular changes visually. Since 2010 the Leaf vehicle is screaming for an overhaul and as we expect the release of the third generation we will have to make due with the 2016 Nissan Leaf model which in a way manages to satisfy us until the real thing arrives.
As of June 2015, the Nissan Leaf is officially the top selling highway capable electric cars, with over 180,000 units sold worldwide. This vehicle managed to make its run for the title with the models that were released in 2013 and 2014 and without breaking a sweat managed to beat the competition, with the closest ones being the Chevrolet Volt and the Tesla Model S cars.
With the latest update we will receive some changes to the drivetrain which will make the already driving specs of the vehicle better and also something added on the inside as the interior gets a tad remodeled. But the exterior is what bugs us the most as it carries over without any changes from the previous model. We hope that Nissan is hiding its cards for the future generation model and that it manages to play them soon. Read the review to learn about the specs and the update of the new Leaf.
2016 Nissan Leaf exterior
What has been a major disappointment with the new 2016 Nissan Leaf model is tied with its exterior. There are going to be absolutely no changes. The exterior look has been completely copy/pasted from the previous model to the 2016 one. Usually it takes about four years until Nissan decides to give a visual update to their cars and it was the case with all the previous Nissan cars, we are still waiting for the Leaf to receive something new. The only thing that was added were actually a few new color choices. The car now gets the use of Forged Bronze, Coulis Red and Deep Blue Pearl that you can pick from. Everything else is virtually identical.
As they have done such a lazy job with the outside of the car, the inside has a lot more to it. The 2016 Nissan Leaf has had some work done when it comes to convenience inside the car and also with the added technology. What is particularly interesting is the updated entertainment system which all Nissan trims receive. It is much more user friendly and generally better than before. On the entry level Leaf S vehicle you get a five-inch color display with Bluetooth connectivity option and some other treats like hands-free text messaging, audio streaming and a Nissan Connect feature with mobile apps for various social network connections.
The higher trims, the SV and the SL, come with everything that you can find inside the S trim already, but also pack some new features that you can use as well. The higher trims do make a difference in this case as the added features are very appropriately added and used. A seven-inch display that supports multi-touch is added here with also the updated navigation system, voice recognition, SiriusXM satellite radio and various other useful apps as well. The display on the graphic interface is also something new and it updates itself on every 12 miles of movement.
Under the hood are the most significant changes which the vehicle has received. The 2016 Nissan Leaf has an enhanced driving range now which is done by adding a stronger battery pack. The power boost is changed from 24 kWh to 30 kWh and gives the Leaf a total range of 107 miles on a single charge. So the good news is that you will be able to travel 23 miles more with the newest update, the bad news is that you only get it on higher SV and SL trims while the base S one still holds the current characteristics.
With the updated battery pack, the Leaf also gets some more weight under its belt, making it a bit less efficient that way. The base S trim still holds the same EPA rating of 126 city, 101 highway, and 114 combined mpg. The higher trims change to 124 city, 101 highway, and 112 combined mpg. With the changes to the battery being the only thing that was substituted inside the car, the 80-kW AC synchronous engine remains the same and it is still able to produce 107 horsepower and 187 pound-feet of torque as before.
2016 Nissan Leaf Price and release date
For now the price of the base 2016 Nissan Leaf S remains the same as before at $29,010 base MSRP as there were almost no changes to it. The higher SV trim is priced at $34,200 while the SL trim has the highest price tag of $36,790 base MSRP. The newest Nissan Leaf is going to be released at the beginning of 2016, maybe as early as January.