Exclusive: 2015 Nissan LEAF – New Color Choice, But No Range Changes
Thanks to the good folks at Nissan Canada – or at least their dealers, we have been fortunate enough to get a hold of some ordering information on the upcoming 2015 Nissan LEAF.
And for those of you hoping for the surprise introduction of the next generation LEAF, or possibly a significant battery/range upgrade, it appears you will have to wait until next year (as originally anticipated).
For 2015, the most significant change on the LEAF is addition of a color choice – “Morningsky Blue“, and the deletion of an old color. Wait for it…”Blue Ocean.”
While one might think this is simply a renaming of the color most associated with the LEAF, it apparently is not, as Nissan Canada notes that color is not available to order for dealers until June for 2015 production.
Also of note, the entry level “S” trim level will now have standard cruise control, and the “SV and SL” trims will get EV-IT updates, which means a Hands-free text messaging assistant and Voice Destination Entry (VDE).
Sadly, no pricing has yet been given, so we don’t know if the $2,500 USD reduction that just recently took place in Japan will translate to a less expensive MSRP for 2015 in North America yet.
As for dealer mix, they are suggesting that only 1 in 10 units should be ordered at the entry level, while a full 50% of all units should be sold as the mid-grade “SV”.
Of interest, 2015 production of the LEAF reportedly started this month (that’s only 6-odd months for 2014 production in total). Why so early? Perhaps due to implementation of the much anticipated “hot weather” battery to extend the LEAF’s battery capacity under heat duress.
Below: 2015 LEAF Spec Sheet