The updated 2013 Nissan Leaf is not yet that long in the tooth, but Nissan has already revealed how it is going to improve the 2014 model. We should make clear from the get-go that upgrades are minor. Very, very minor.
Basically, the RearView Monitor, which was previously part of the Charge Package, is now standard on all grades and the updated EV-IT functionality that offers a voice commanded nav system to enter your destination and an SMS readout is now available on all models (trim lines S, SV and SL). The 2014 will be available in October. You can find the Leaf-specific parts of Nissan's press release about the 2014 changes below.
It makes some sense to leave things as they are, since production at the Smyrna, TN plant has not ramped up quick enough to keep pace with demand. Nissan has said it will be able to make 150,000 Leaf EVs a year there, but the current US demand of around 2,200 a month enough to drop inventory levels to, in some cases, just a nine-day supply. While Nissan did make some important changes to the 2013 MY compared to the 2012, they were mostly under the hood. You can read about them in our First Drive report.
Related Gallery2013 Nissan Leaf
The highly innovative, industry leading Nissan LEAF 100-percent electric vehicle received a number of important enhancements in 2013, including the addition of a new lower priced LEAF S grade, an array of new features for the LEAF SL grade, new option packages with available Around View® Monitor and an available 6.6 kW onboard charger that reduces 220V charging time nearly in half to approximately four hours for a full charge. LEAF's CARWINGS telematics system includes remote charge and climate control management, the ability to view charging station availability in vehicle from an expanding list of networks, and POIs powered by Google®.
For 2014, additional enhancements include:
- RearView Monitor becomes standard on all grades (previously part of the Charge Package)
- Updated EV-IT functionality with voice destination entry and SMS readout
- Offered in S, SV and SL models
- Available October 2013
|2014 Nissan LEAF|
|Summary||The established leader in the "no gas, no tailpipe" zero-emission era, the fully electric LEAF is now assembled in Smyrna, Tenn., including battery production.|
|Models/grades||S, SV and SL|
|Options/Packages||Charge Package, LED Headlights + Quick Charge Port, Premium Package|
|Powertrain||High-response 80 kW AC synchronous motor, laminated 24 kWh lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery with 48 compact 4-cell modules – rated at 107 horsepower and 187 lb-ft of torque|
|Transmission||Single speed gear reduction, shift-by-wire drive selector|
|Suspension||Independent strut front, torsion beam rear with integrated stabilizer bar|
|Range||EPA-estimated range of 73 miles at a 90 percent charge; customers who fully charge may get up to 84 miles of range*|
|Key features||Dedicated EV platform with batteries housed in the floor for optimum vehicle packaging and weight distribution, roomy interior with unique "EV touch" and twin combination meter display, center "floating" C-stack with available 7.0-inch display, digital "eyebrow" display at the top of the instrument panel with Eco indicator and speedometer, lower liquid crystal meter display with readouts for percentage style state-of charge meter, power meter, battery temperature gauge, multi-function display, remaining energy gauge, capacity level gauge and distance to empty display, Hill Start Assist|
|Key technology||Available CARWINGS telematics system including remote charge and climate control management, the ability to view charging station availability in vehicle from an expanding list of networks, and POIs powered by Google™; Quick Charge Port (standard on SL, optional on S, SV) allows charging to 80 percent capacity in approximately 30 minutes* at public charging stations using a DC fast charger. There is also a standard photovoltaic solar panel spoiler on SL models, which supports charging of the 12-volt battery for vehicle accessories, Nissan Navigation system, 7.0-inch color LCD screen, CARWINGS telematics, 6-speaker audio system, Pandora® link for iPhone®, 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, 6.6 kW onboard charger, hybrid heater system|
*Charging times and range estimates may vary depending on driving/charging habits, weather, temperature and battery age. 6.6kW onboard charger is a standard feature on SV and SL trims. It is an optional feature on the S trim