Nissan cuts prices and adds new technology to Leaf EV

Nissan has announced a series of updates to its Leaf EV line-up with the addition of a new lower priced 62kWh model and a near-£1,700 price reduction on its top-of-the-range model.

The second generation of the pioneering EV was launched in 2018 with a 40kWh battery and joined in 2019 by the e+ version with a 62kWh battery and more power motor.

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Previously this was only available in the higher N-TEC and Tekna grades but Nissan has now announced a new entry level trim for the larger-capacity version with the introduction of the e+ N-Connecta. Priced from £32,695 after the plug-in car grant, the N-Connect features the 62kWh battery and 214bhp motor and costs £4,550 more than the 40kWh N-Connecta model.

Nissan has also cut the price of the top-spec e+ Tekna by £1,685 to £34,710 after plug-in grant, as it faces increased competition from the likes of the Kia e-Niro and Volkswagen ID.3.

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Prices of all other versions of the Leaf remain the same, except the Tekna 40kWh, which rises by £315 to cover the addition of a new “Intelligent Rearview Mirror”.

The new mirror is standard on Tekna and a £395 option on other trims and is similar to Land Rover’s ClearSight, using a roof-mounted camera to send an image to a screen built into the rearview mirror when the view through the rear window is obscured.

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Nissan has also added blind spot intervention to all Leaf models and cut the price of its ProPilot and ProPilot Parking Assist driver assistance systems by £145 and £295 respectively on trims where they are optional extras.

Other minor changes for the Leaf line-up include the welcome addition of telescopic adjustment on the steering column and a new Ceramic Grey paint finish.

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