One of the world’s best-selling electric vehicles, the Nissan Leaf has recorded a strong performance in the second quarter of 2021 in the U.S. market. A total of 4,804 units of the Nissan Leaf were sold in the duration of April-June 2021, an impressive growth of 358 percent over the same period last year, helped by the low base from the Coronavirus lockdown.
This Leaf’s volume amounts to 4.8 percent of total passenger cars sold by Nissan in this period. Nissan has recorded sales of 7,729 units of Leaf in the first half of 2021, thus marking a jump of 157 percent compared to the first six months of last year.
Currently, the Nissan Leaf is the only pure electric vehicle from the Japanese carmaker in the U.S. market. The lineup will see the addition of the all-new Nissan Ariya, which is already listed on the company’s website, but the launch has been pushed to 2022 due to the global shortage of semiconductor chips in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
2022 Nissan Leaf
The 2022 Nissan Leaf was launched in the U.S. at the beginning of August 2021, with five different variants to choose from – S, SV, S Plus, SV Plus, and SL Plus.
The entry-level S and SV variants are armed with a 40 kWh lithium-ion battery paired to a 110 kW motor, making 147 hp of power and 236 lb-ft (320 Nm) of torque. The driving range of these variants is rated at 149 miles (EPA range). The more premium S Plus, SV Plus, and SL Plus get a bigger 62 kWh lithium-ion battery along with a 160 kW motor. The power and torque outputs in these variants are 214 hp and 250 lb-ft (339 Nm), respectively, with a driving range of 226 miles (EPA range).
The entire range of the 2022 Nissan Leaf comes equipped with features like an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple Carplay and SiriusXM radio and 60:40 split rear seats. While the S Plus variant adds 16-inch alloy wheels and a quick charging port, the SV and SV Plus variants get bigger 17-inch alloy wheels, fog lamps, intelligent cruise control, door to door navigation, and NissanConnect telematics services in addition.
The top-spec SL Plus variant also gets a heated leather steering wheel and seats, full LED headlamps, a powered driver’s seat, a 7-speaker BOSE audio system, an around-view monitor, and intelligent driver alertness.
All variants of the Nissan Leaf will now come with a CHAdeMo Quick Charge port as standard alongside a portable 240-volt charging cable. Additionally, eight features out of the SV Technology Package available on the SV Plus variant now come factory installed in every Leaf. This includes the ProPILOT Assist and Intelligent Around View Monitor.
Safety features such as lane departure warning, rear cross traffic alert, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind spot warning, forward collision warning, high beam assist, rear automatic braking, and intelligent lane intervention are made standard across variants.
Nissan has slashed prices across the range of their best-selling car. Prices for the Leaf now start at $27,400 compared to the previous $31,670, a cut of almost 13.5 percent.
This cut in prices comes alongside more equipment as standard, such as the CHAdeMo and the SV Technology pack. Aditya Jairaj, director of EV Sales and Marketing, Nissan US, said, “With the amount of technology that LEAF offers, combined with new pricing, this is simply just an amazing value.”
|2022 Nissan Leaf variant||Price|
|Leaf S||USD 27,400|
|Leaf SV||USD 28,800|
|Leaf S Plus||USD 32,400|
|Leaf SV Plus||USD 35,400|
|Leaf SL Plus||USD 37,400|
The Nissan Leaf is available in five grades, each of which sees a cut in prices. With the base Leaf S now costing $27,400, the top-spec variant is now priced at $37,400.
2022 Nissan Leaf FAQs
What is the price of the Nissan Leaf?
The Leaf is being offered in five variants – S, SV, S Plus, SV Plus, and SL Plus, starting at $27,400.
What are the main competitors of Nissan Leaf?
The Chevrolet Bolt EV and the Mini Cooper SE are alternatives to the Leaf in terms of price.
What is the maximum driving range of Nissan Leaf?
The 40 kWh and 62 kWh variants offer 149 miles (239.8 km) and 226 miles (363.7 km), respectively (EPA).
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