The entry-level version costs $1,670 more than the 2016MY, but on the other hand you do get a larger battery bringing a longer range.

The 2016 Leaf came out with a bigger 30-kWh lithium-ion battery pack, but only for the mid-range SV and the top-spec SL trims while the base S kept the 24-kWh for a starting price $29,010 MSRP. The 2017 model year is now out and the smaller pack is no longer available as Nissan has decided to drop it altogether, meaning the Leaf S is now also rocking the beefier battery.

As you would imagine, the upgraded Leaf S is more expensive than its predecessor, and it now costs $30,680 MSRP. The additional $1,670 you’ll be paying for the base version of the electric hatch will come with a jump in range from the previous 84 miles (135 kilometers) to an EPA-certified 107 miles (172 km). The 30-kWh battery is not actually larger in size, as Nissan’s engineers have managed to improve the packaging by tweaking the cell structure of the laminated lithium-ion battery cells.

If you are in a hurry, Nissan mentions the battery can be quick-charged to an 80 percent level (from the moment the low battery warning is activated) in only half an hour, while a full charge with the 6.6 kW onboard charger is going to take around six hours.

2017 Nissan Leaf
2017 Nissan Leaf

The Tennessee-built EV is fitted as standard with RearView Monitor and handsfree Bluetooth, while the SV and SL trims can be optionally had with AroundView Monitor providing a 360-degree view of the car as part of the Premium Package also adding a seven-speaker Bose sound system. The SV (from $34,200) and SL (from $36,790) are also getting as standard a seven-inch touchscreen with navigation and voice recognition support, along with NissanConnect EV system granting remote access to the battery's status as well as with the possibility of turning on the AC to have the cabin heated/cooled before entering the cabin.

The 2017MY might be the final one for the first-gen Leaf since an all-new model has been in the works for quite some time and Nissan has already announced plans to at least double the range. Hopefully, the design will also be improved...

Source: Nissan

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