Nissan is making information within the electrical automobile sphere at this 12 months’s New York Auto Present, however it’s nothing to do with the much-hyped Ariya SUV. As an alternative, Nissan is displaying us a refreshed Leaf.
The 2023 Nissan Leaf is getting barely revised appears to be like and a slimmed-down trim construction, however no actual mechanical adjustments. It’s not a refresh that may put any strain on the bevy of EVs which have hit manufacturing over the previous 12 months or two, however it does breathe a small breath of life into Nissan’s little, electrical hatchback.
Exterior, the Leaf will get a brand new entrance grille, completely different headlights, new 17-inch wheels and a brand new molding remedy. It additionally provides the brand new Nissan badge, however with a twist: This one lights up. Maybe most necessary of all of the adjustments are some aero enhancements. Nissan redesigned the tire deflectors, gave it a brand new rear diffuser and a revised rear spoiler. All of those small adjustments end in higher aerodynamics than earlier than, Nissan says.
Nonetheless, don’t get too enthusiastic about vary, as a result of Nissan says that it expects vary to “be much like 2022 fashions.” Each the usual and the longer-range Plus powertrain choices are nonetheless going to be obtainable. The smaller 40 kWh lithium-ion battery pack is now solely obtainable within the base S trim degree (the SV is discontinued) and comes with the identical electrical motor that produces 147 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque. Vary for 2022 was rated at 149 miles. The one different trim degree obtainable for 2023 would be the SV Plus (the S Plus and SL Plus are discontinued), which upgrades you to a 60 kWh battery pack that for 2022 was rated at 215 miles of vary. This greater battery is paired with a extra highly effective electrical motor that makes 214 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque.
The final space the place Nissan made some adjustments for 2023 is inside. The previous Nissan badges are gone, changed by the brand new badge. Plus, the infotainment system is up to date with a brand new start-up display screen — the remainder is identical as earlier than.
Nissan says that vary and pricing might be obtainable nearer to the 2023 mannequin’s launch, which Nissan expects to be this summer time. Do notice that the $7,500 federal tax credit score nonetheless applies for the Leaf while you have a look at these costs in a couple of months, too.