Nissan intros LEAF Plus
On January 8 in Las Vegas, Nissan unveiled the Nissan LEAF e+ —the “e+” refers to the increased energy density of the model’s 62 kWh battery pack and the higher output of its powertrain. The new powertrain adds to the car’s range by approximately 40 per cent, with NRCan range of up to 363 kilometres.
The LEAF e+ will be sold as the LEAF Plusin Canadaand the U.S., with each trim level receiving its own designation of S Plus, SV Plusand SL Plus. Globally, the vehicle will be referred to as the Nissan LEAF e+.
More than 380,000 Nissan LEAF vehicles have been sold worldwide since the 100 per cent electric model first went on sale in 2010. In Canada, the Nissan LEAF saw a surge in sales, with 5,735 units sold in 2018, four times the previous record year recorded in 2016.
The Nissan LEAF PlusSeries is scheduled to join the LEAF at Nissan dealerships in Japan in January 2019. North American sales are expected to begin in spring 2019 and European sales to commence in mid-2019.
The LEAF e+ carries over most of the LEAF’s design. Subtle clues to its e+ designation include a revised front fascia with blue highlights and an “e+” logo on the Quick Charger cap.
There will also be a rear trim level badge(S Plus, SV Plusand SL Plus)forboth Canadian andU.S.bound models.
Like the standard model, the LEAF e+ boasts a spacious, highly functional interior with a quality, high-tech feel. The combination of premium materials throughout the cabin befits a luxury vehicle. Vibrant blue contrast stitching for the steering wheel, seats and instrument panel accentuate the car as a Nissan electric vehicle.
Canadian pricing will be announced closer to on-sale date.