The original hype surrounding the Nissan Leaf might have faded to some extent. Yet for anyone shopping in the electric car segment, this year’s revitalized 2017 Leaf continues to be a top pick. With the vehicle sporting a nationwide availability, long cruising range, ample features, a hush cabin, and a spacious rear seat, it is almost a guarantee you won’t go wrong with it. Its date of release should be expected in September 2017, at least that’s what industry pundits are quoting.
Now in its seventh year of production, the mass-produced car is undoubtedly the eldest statesman of the modern era. Seven years is a long time for any car model to maintain a successful streak all along regardless of whether it is an EV or a regular one. Yet, the new 2017 Nissan Leaf seems to have so much going for it that even its age gets overshadowed by such features as an updated infotainment system, tweaked exterior and interior styling, and longer cruising range.
You will also be impressed by its sticker price which experts estimate to be …… therefore you won’t have any reason to dip into your kid’s college funds. A full battery charge on the base model assures you of an interrupted 84 miles, and about 107 miles for the Leaf SV and SL trims. Neither of the range comes near to what its gasoline peers offer, but hey! We are talking of an EV here. In fact, the 107 electric range offered by the SV and SL trims tops the list relative to its rivals.
In case you have already fallen in love with the 2017 Leaf, there are several downsides you should consider whether or not they fit within your scope of exceptions. They include a disappointing acceleration, fussy interior controls, and an awkward driving position. Very few competitors are available considering the uniqueness of the segment.
The ones available include the 2017 Ford Focus Electric, the 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf, and the “A” rated 2017 Kia Soul EV. Another option worth considering is the 2017 BMW i3 model. Whichever way you decide to go, the 2017 Nissan Leaf continues to be a pioneer.
Trims Available – Nissan Leaf
Only three trims are available for the 2017 Nissan Leaf: S, SV, and SL.
Interior Concept News & 2017 Nissan Leaf Pictures
The base S’s list of standard accessories and features includes a cloth upholstery, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a rearview camera, keyless entry and ignition, a USB port, a media player interface, a 60/40-split folding rear seats, heated mirrors, a 3.6kW onboard charger, a 5-inch color touchscreen, a height-adjustable driver seat, a four-speaker sound system, NissanConnect, heated front seats, an auxiliary audio jack, satellite radio, a tilt-only steering wheel, and full power accessories.
The SV steps up the stakes with 17-inch alloy wheels, an upgraded cloth upholstery, a six-speaker sound system, a 7-inch touchscreen display, HD radio, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated power side mirrors, automatic dual-zone climate control, a more efficient heating system, a navigation system, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.
At the acme of the trim ladder is the SL trim that further adds heated rear seats, a rear spoiler, foglights, automatic LED headlights, a cargo cover, and a leather upholstery.
2017 Nissan Leaf Engine Specifications
Under the hood of the 2017 Nissan Leaf is an electric motor (80kW) that generates 107 hp and 187 lbs. ft. of torque. The system derives power from a lithium-ion battery pack with an output rated at 24kWh and 30kWh in the base S, and SV and SL trim models respectively.
According to provisional results made available online by Nissan, buyers should expect the S to deliver up to 84 miles with the 24kWh, and a max of 107 miles with the 30kWh battery power source.
A slower time of about 10 seconds from a 0-60 mph acceleration should also anticipated. Most rivals offer anything below that time.
Regardless of the battery pack, you should expect about 30kW/100 miles according to EPA. A depleted battery will cost you about five hours to recharge using the 6.6 kW charger and 30kWh battery pack. Nissan claims you might be able to recharge an 80% depleted battery in just 30 minutes using the high-power or quick-charge station, that is, if at all you get one.
Price & 2017 Nissan Leaf Release Date
September 2017 is 2017 Nissan Leaf’s release date according to multiple sources. When it comes to the window sticker, a base MSRP of $29,010 will do.