On top of the lower price for each trim level of the new 2018 Nissan Leaf, the Japanese automaker is making the case that the electric car is simply a way better value in its new incarnation – and that's not counting pre-order bonuses. Details on the three different trim levels are now available at the EV's consumer site, but we thought the way that Nissan introduced the trims at the launch event this week deserved at least a little bit of discussion.
Nissan's gist is that not only will you pay less for your 2018 Leaf than you would for a comparable 2017 model, but because you will get so much more (not just added range and a normalized design, which are the headline upgrades here), you will also get a lot more bang for your buck.
How much? Well, Nissan says that even the base S trim, which starts a $690 less than the outgoing 2017 Leaf, you get an extra "$4,500 in value." How does that calculate? Well, Nissan doesn't break out a line item invoice, but here's what's included in that chunk of change, according to Nissan:
- Redesigned interior
- 40-percent increase in driving range
- New motor (110 kW instead of the old 80 kW unit)
- 37 percent more horsepower
- Standard automatic emergency braking
- 7-inch meter, with analogue speedometer
- Auto on/off headlights
If you go to build a new Leaf on Nissan's configurator, you might notice that the entry-level S trim has a note saying it will have "limited availability." You shouldn't worry if you want to get into a new Leaf as cheap as possible, though.
Nissan's Dan Bedore told InsideEVs that the note is only there to let potential buyers know that since initial orders for a new vehicle are often for the higher trim levels, and because Leaf dealers are most excited about the ProPilot technology which is only available on SV and SL, the initial stock that is heading to dealers is skewed to the higher trims.
"We just wanted to ensure customers ordering it have expectations that they may have to wait a bit longer," he said. After the first few months of sales, "supplies of all trim levels should be adequate to meet natural demand."