Initially going on sale in the UK in 2011, the LEAF has had one new body style since then, but Nissan has introduced a few minor changes for 2022.
These changes are mainly new wheel designs, and two new paint colours: Pearl Blue and Magnetic Blue. There are no changes to the electric driving range, which is still up to 239 miles according to the official WLTP test, in the case of the larger of the two available batteries, which appears in the LEAF e+.
The LEAF will still come with its ProPILOT driving assistance feature, which enables the car to automatically start, maintain a safe distance from the vehicle in front, and stop. There’s also an ‘e-Pedal’ feature, which provides the ability to accelerate, decelerate and stop using only the accelerator pedal.
The LEAF also includes the NissanConnect system, featuring Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration. Remote operation of features such as climate control are also available through the NissanConnect Services app (available from N-Connecta grade and above), and customers can link their LEAF to their Amazon Alexa smart home device.
The new model year vehicle will arrive in Europe in April, and will be available to order from 1st March 2022, starting at £26,995, after the Plug-in Car Grant.
Perhaps bigger news than a couple of new wheel designs and paint colours is that another LEAF model is due, the LEAF ‘e-4ORCE’ (a strange name, pronounced e-force), which is Nissan’s new twin-motor, four-wheel drive electric drivetrain.
And perhaps even bigger news is the final arrival of the long-awaited Nissan Ariya SUV, which is due here in Spring.
Over 577,000 Nissan LEAFs have been sold worldwide. Nissan is due to launch 23 new electrified models – including 15 full EVs – by 2030.