- 2021 Nissan Leaf pricing and specification
- Leaf e+ variant added for range-conscious buyers
- 62kWh battery ups range from 270km to 385km
- Priced from $49,990 to $60,490 before on-road costs.
The 2021 Nissan Leaf electric vehicle range has expanded with the addition of a longer-range Leaf e+ variant.
Priced from $60,490 before on-road costs, the Leaf e+ justifies its $10,000-plus premium over the standard variant (on sale locally since 2019) with a larger battery, more power, faster charging and, crucially, a longer driving range.
Powering the Nissan electric range-topper is a 62kWh lithium-ion battery pack, and this sends voltage to a 160kW/340Nm electric motor on the front axle for a 385km claimed driving range on Europe's WLTP test cycle, and a 0-100km/h time of 6.9 seconds – on par with many 'warm' petrol-powered hot hatchbacks.
Note: Nissan Leaf e+ pictured throughout.
For comparison, the entry-level car (priced from $49,990 before on-road costs) makes do with a 110kW/320Nm electric motor and a 40kWh battery, for a 270km WLTP range and a 7.9-second 0-100km/h time.
The larger battery fitted to the e+ allows for 100kW DC charging, enabling a 20 to 80 per cent fast charge in 40 minutes – versus the standard model's 60-minute time, achieved at a maximum of 50kW.
However, it's worth noting all Leaf models fast-charge using the Japanese-standard CHAdeMO plug, while the cars' batteries are air-cooled – differing from other electric vehicles on sale, which use the more common CCS connector, and feature liquid-cooled battery packs.
Both variants support AC recharging at up to 6.6kW, with an 'empty warning' to 100 per cent charge on a 32-amp cable requiring seven hours and 30 minutes in the 40kWh model, or 11 hours and 30 minutes in the 62kWh e+.
Standard equipment is largely shared across both Nissan Leaf models, with the sole differences being the aforementioned long-range powertrain, and a metallic blue strip of trim across the 62kWh variant's front bumper.
On the outside, buyers get dusk-sensing, auto-levelling LED headlights, LED daytime-running lights, LED tail-lights, heated power-folding door mirrors, an available black contrast roof, rear privacy glass, rain-sensing wipers, and 17-inch alloy wheels (with a space-saver spare).
Inside, standard inclusions comprise an 8.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, satellite navigation and DAB+ digital radio, a 7.0-inch digital instrument display, climate control, a seven-speaker Bose sound system, keyless entry, push-button start, a one-touch up/down driver's window, and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror.
There's also leather-accented seat trim with Ultrasuede inserts, heated front and outboard rear seats, leather-accented heated steering wheel with tilt adjustment, a six-way manually-adjustable driver's seat, four-way manually-adjustable passenger seat, and 60:40 split-folding rear seats.
Standard safety features include autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection, forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, driver attention monitoring, traffic-sign recognition, a rear-view camera and front and rear parking sensors.
They're joined by a 360-degree camera, high-beam assist, tyre pressure monitoring, ISOFIX child-seat anchor points and six airbags, covering dual front, front-side and side curtain.
On the powertrain front, buyers get a six-metre 32-amp Type-2 charging cable and 'e-Pedal' one-pedal driving as standard. All Leaf models are capable of bi-directional charging, allowing the battery to feed energy back into the electrical grid – one of few EVs with the capability, even though it isn't yet available to use in Australia.
Boot space is rated at 405 litres with the rear seats upright, or 1176 litres with them folded.
Available exterior colours include Arctic White, Magnetic Red, Pearl Black, Platinum (silver), Gun Metallic, Vivid Blue and Ivory Pearl, with all bar white, black and Platinum available with a Pearl Black contrast roof and mirrors (or, standard in the case of Ivory Pearl). All hues except Arctic White come at a cost premium.
The 2021 Nissan Leaf range is on sale now.
2021 Nissan Leaf Australian pricing
- Leaf 40kWh – $49,990
- Leaf e+ 62kWh – $60,490
Note: All prices exclude on-road costs.