Nissan’s U.S. branch has introduced the 2016MY Leaf all-electric hatchback with significant upgrades.

Nissan’s U.S. branch has introduced the 2016MY Leaf all-electric hatchback with significant upgrades.

Without any doubt the most important novelty is the availability of a larger 30 kWh lithium-ion battery pack that comes as standard on the mid-range SV trim (from $34,200) and the range-topping SL (from $36,790) while the entry-level S (from $29,010) gets the familiar 24 kWh pack which has enough juice for 84 miles (135 km). As for the larger battery, it can provide an EPA-rated 107 miles (172 km) of range which Nissan says it’s a best-in-class figure.

Compared to the smaller battery, the new one not only offers more energy, but it also has superior charging performance since it will reach an 80% level (from when the low battery warning shows up) in approximately 30 minutes which represents a 22% increase in miles of range compared to the 24 kWh pack. A complete recharge of the 30 kWh battery will take around six hours when using a normal charging system (level 2, 240V).

There’s more to the 2016MY than just a larger battery as Nissan has added more kit as standard to the base Leaf S, such as NissanConnectSM with Mobile Apps and a 5-inch screen. Upgrade to the SV or SL grade and now these come as standard with NissanConnect with Navigation and Mobile Apps boasting a larger 7-inch display.

For the 2016 model year, Nissan will sell the Leaf with three fresh body paints: Deep Blue Pearl, Coulis Red and Forged Bronze which join the already available five hues.

Note: The prices mentioned above do not include the federal tax credit of $7,500 which means the base 2016 Leaf S begins at $21,510.

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