The 2015 Nissan Leaf is going to be a facelift of the current model that is going to improve it in certain key areas such as its interior, the electric drivetrain as well as its chassis in order to make the car better to drive. This was a well awaited update considering the car has been on the market in one form or another for more than 4 years already.
2015 Nissan Leaf Price and Release Date
2015 Nissan Leaf price is also expected to go down by a small margin in order to help it better compete with the new arrivals in the electric car segment such as the Mercedes B Class or the new BMW i3. Thanks to this price drop, the Leaf will start at $21,510 which is quite good for a fully electric car, this is official price. The release date for the new Leaf hasn’t been announced but considering the other releases from Nissan we expect it to come in the early 2015.
Engine and Performance
As we said at the beginning of this review, the car will get an improved drivetrain. This means that the electric motor will most likely get a small boost in power to around 110 horsepower and 300 lb-ft of torque, helping the car a bit more when it needs to accelerate faster. The transmission is most likely to remain the same single speed front wheel drive fixed gear in order to cope with the massive torque of the engine.
The battery on the other hand will most likely get a small bump. It will still remain a lithium ion unit but it will have improved characteristics like increased density and lower weight. This should allow it to charge faster and to last longer meaning it will probably now be good for up to 80 miles of range. Its main disadvantage will also be taken care of in order to increase the range of the car during cold weather. This will most likely be done with the help of better insulation of the battery compartment.
The interior of the 2015 Nissan Leaf will remain mostly unchanged, meaning the space on the front seats will be adequate while the space for the back seats will remain quite small. Its main advantage will remain the good equipment level even on the base version which is similar to that of a medium sized family car. There will be satellite navigation and Bluetooth as standard, as well as an automatic climate control system that will be powered by solar panels.
2015 Nissan Leaf exterior on the other hand will be identical, so it will retain the futuristic look as well as the coupe like appearance. The only changes will be made to the rims of the car which will now differ on the top end trim of the car.