A series of new exterior styling touches are being introduced to the battery-powered Leaf to “align it with Nissan’s new brand identity”.
Order books are set to officially open next Tuesday (March 1), with deliveries of the zero-emission hatchback beginning the following month.
Promising “more eye-catching style and innovative technology”, prices for the facelifted Leaf will begin at a snip under £27,000 for entry-level models once the government’s Plug-in Car Grant has been applied.
The most noticeable change centres on the wheels, the black fascia on the 16- and 17-inch rims intended to “increase the element of sportiness”. Nissan’s new corporate logo appears on the centre caps as well as the front grille and rear tailgate.
Customers can also choose from an increased body colour count that consists of five monotone colours – including ‘Magnetic Blue’ and ‘Pearl Blue’ as seen on the Qashqai SUV – and five two-tone options.
Changes have also been applied to the Leaf’s safety systems that mean the ‘ProPilot’ technology allows the car to automatically stop, start and maintain a safe distance to the vehicle in front.
The one-pedal driving set-up known as ‘e-Pedal’ remains unchanged, therefore drivers can accelerate, decelerate and stop through throttle inputs alone.
The ‘NissanConnect’ infotainment software is now Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone compatible, while remote operation of features such as the climate control can be made via the ‘NissanConnect Services’ app.
The Leaf is also going to be offered with two battery options, both of which deliver up to 239-miles of driving from a single charge under the WLTP test procedure.
“The Nissan Leaf has always been about making advanced technology and the thrill of electric driving accessible to everyone with over 577,000 customers worldwide,” said Nissan’s Arnaud Charpentier.
“Leaf has been designed around families’ needs to offer seamless connectivity and an efficient powertrain. As the popularity of electric vehicles continues to grow, Nissan is pursuing an exhilarating chapter in its electric mobility story.
“Leaf has played a key role in shaping Nissan’s vision for empowering mobility and beyond, as we leverage our EV expertise to launch 23 new electrified models – including 15 full electric vehicles – by fiscal year 2030,” added Charpentier.