Don't like the stereo system in your 2012 LEAF?  Are you worried about the power it takes to operate? 

If so, Nissan, along with Bose, have developed a better sounding, and up to 50% more efficient, stereo as an option for the upcoming 2013 Nissan LEAF, which is starting to arrive at select dealerships now.

The system even includes a bass subwoofer integrated behind the rear seats; an area that was previously unavailable in the 2011 and 2012 models.

The upgrade is available only on the SV and SL models, and as part of the "Premium Package", which includes Nissan's Around View Monitors.  Cost:  $1,050

New Bose Sound System Option For 2013 LEAF (click to enlarge)

New Bose Sound System Option For 2013 LEAF (click to enlarge)

Nissan describes the system in a press release as follows:

The Bose system in the LEAF delivers powerful, high-quality audio, but with a significantly smaller and lighter footprint than conventional systems and at about half the electrical current.

"Early adopters of electric vehicles were thrilled to have a zero-emissions vehicle and now that we're expanding the market and it matures, many customers are asking for more amenities in their EV," said Brendan Jones, Nissan director of EV marketing. "We wanted to be able to give them a premium sound system and be conscientious about the amount of energy required to do so."

To meet the energy efficient design goals for the LEAF, Nissan engineers focused on using every available watt of power effectively throughout the vehicle, including the sound system. Bose expertise in power-efficient technology led to the development of smaller and lighter speakers and amplifiers that perform at a high level without compromising the LEAF's power, weight or interior space.

The Bose

The Bose "Bassbox" Is Tucked Behind The Rear Folding Seats

Bose engineers also delivered on Nissan's goal to incorporate a powerful bass unit compact enough to be mounted into the small space in the LEAF's rear cargo area. Bose implemented a 4.5-inch Nd® Richbass® woofer in a 6.2-liter custom-engineered Acoustic Waveguide bassbox. The bassbox uses patented technology applied from Bose® Wave® home entertainment products to deliver rich, low-frequency performance from a very small enclosure.

For mid-high-frequency performance, the Bose Energy Efficient Series sound system includes six lightweight speakers strategically placed and acoustically tuned to reproduce music accurately, with more of the detail found in a live performance. There are two one-inch neodymium tweeters, one in each A-pillar; two 6.5-inch wide-range neodymium speakers, one in each front door; and two 5.25-inch wide-range neodymium speakers, one in each rear door.

And at the heart of the sound system, a Bose energy-efficient amplifier operates on much less power and runs cooler than conventional offerings. The amplifier is also smaller and lighter because it doesn't require as many large metal cooling fins to dissipate heat.

(Eric Loveday also contributed to this post)