Last week, General Motors announced a couple of upgrades to the Chevrolet Volt for the 2012 model year along with a new cheaper price tag of $39,995 ($1,000 less than the 2011 model year Chevrolet Volt). Nissan has also dropped some info for the 2012 Nissan LEAF.
Enhancements for the 2012 Nissan LEAF include the addition of standard battery heater, heated outside mirrors, heated front steering wheel, heated front and rear seats and rear HVAC duct. A Quick Charge Port is also added as standard equipment on Nissan LEAF SL models.
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The 2012 Nissan LEAF will hit dealers with two trim-levels including the LEAF SV and LEAF SL. The LEAF SL includes a photovoltaic solar panel spoiler that supports charging of the 12-volt battery for car accessories, fog lights, auto on/off headlights, cargo cover and more.
Sales of the 2012 Nissan LEAF will start in the fall of 2012.
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Refresher: Power for the Nissan LEAF comes from a 107-hp electric-motor that runs on power supplied by lithium-ion cells. On a full-charge, the Nissan LEAF allows for a driving range of 100 miles with a top speed of 90 mph. A full charge takes up to 8 hours on a standard 200V outlet. Buyers can opt for the DC 50kW quick-charger, which recharges the battery up to 80 percent in under 30 minutes. Prices for the 2011 Nissan LEAF will start at $32,780 but with a federal tax-credit prices will come in as low as $25,280, or for a lease payment of $349 a month.
Review: 2011 Nissan LEAF:
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Key features of the 2012 Nissan LEAF include:
- Distinctive exterior styling characterized by sharp, upright V-shaped design featuring long, up-slanting LED headlights with a blue internal reflective appearance
- Standard rear spoiler, flat underbody with rear diffuser and aerodynamically shaped LED taillights
- Attractive 5-spoke 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels mounted with P205/55R16 Bridgestone Ecopia tires
- A roomy interior with a pleasingly modern design with blue instrument panel highlights and instrument illumination, a “floating” piano black C-stack and a 60/40 split folding rear seat
- Unique EV-IT designed interface utilizing CARWINGS telematics (no charge for 36 months) connected to a global data center
- Standard Nissan Navigation System, XM® Satellite Radio (XM® subscription required, sold separately) and Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System
- RearView Monitor and HomeLink® Universal Transceiver standard on SL models
- Safety systems include six air bags, 4-wheel Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS), Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) and Traction Control System (TCS)
- By: Omar Rana