With a whole host of changes, including the addition of the low-cost entry-level S version and a slight bump in range for 2013, we didn't expect to see Nissan significantly alter the LEAF for Model Year 2014.
Now, our beliefs have been confirmed thanks to Nissan's latest press release "The 2014 Nissan Lineup: Charting the Changes."
UPDATE: Nissan did a "stealth" update on their 2014 Nissan LEAF release date announcement by altering their press release to now read "Available December 2013," which makes sense to us as we had always heard 2014 model year production in Smyrna was not scheduled to begin until at least October.
2013 LEAF Launch
Here's what to expect of the Model Year 2014 LEAF:
The highly innovative, industry leading Nissan LEAF 100-percent electric vehicle received a number of important enhancements in 2013, including the addition of a new lower priced LEAF S grade, an array of new features for the LEAF SL grade, new option packages with available Around View® Monitor and an available 6.6 kW onboard charger that reduces 220V charging time nearly in half to approximately four hours for a full charge.
LEAF's CARWINGS telematics system includes remote charge and climate control management, the ability to view charging station availability in vehicle from an expanding list of networks, and POIs powered by Google®.
For 2014, additional enhancements include:
RearView Monitor becomes standard on all grades (previously part of the Charge Package)
Updated EV-IT functionality with voice destination entry and SMS readout
Offered in S, SV and SL models
Available October 2013
And that's all folks, though a pending pricing announcement could still show a reduction in the 2014 LEAF's MSRP and some fresh color options are certainly a possibility. We'll still have to wait some time though for word on that.