This Leaf is still green for the environment, but it has dapper black exterior.
Nissan is giving Europeans a more stylish version of the Leaf called the Black Edition, but act fast if you like this fashionable EV because production only lasts from March through August in 2017. The first 1,000 people to order one get an in-car WiFi hotspot as a free upgrade.
As the Black Edition moniker suggests, this limited run of Leafs receive some shadowy upgrades. The biggest addition to the outside is a set of 16-inch wheels, and the package also includes black trim for the mirror caps and roof spoiler. The tinted windows add to the style, too. LED headlights also come with the additional equipment. Inside, occupants climb into a cabin with illuminated doorsills and blue-stitched floor mats. NissanConnect telematics and the Around View Monitor 360-degree camera system are among the amenities.
Nissan recently updated the Leaf by replacing the original 24 kilowatt-hour battery with a 30-kWh unit. The result was a boost in range from an EPA-estimated 84 miles to 107 miles on an charge.
The Leaf has been a major success for Nissan with nearly 240,000 deliveries globally since the model’s introduction in 2010. The company claims it’s the world’s bestselling EV.
A new generation is currently under development with a 60-kWh battery and as much as 249-mile range. When the model premieres expect styling a lot like the angular IDS Concept from the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show. Rumors indicate the new EV would go on sale during the 2018 model year and might debut at an auto show sometime next year. The new Leaf sets Nissan up for a serious battle between the Chevrolet Bolt and Tesla Model 3 for compact electric car supremacy.