Nissan reveals new British-built Leaf
The new Leaf brings a number of improvements over the outgoing car – including an improved range, which is now quoted at 124 miles against the old car's 109, and more luggage space thanks to re-positioning the charger.> There's also a "new heat pump", which is said to reduce the amount of precious electricity that the heater saps when switched on, and the chassis is said to have been re-engineered for European roads – reportedly providing "better handling and even greater driving pleasure".
There are now three trim levels too – Visia, Acenta and Tekna – meaning that the Leaf is now available from £20,000, as each comes with different levels of equipment and varying sizes of alloy wheels.
Inside, out goes the creamy-beige interior of the old Leaf and in comes a smart new black one, while improvements have been made to various bits of in car entertainment too. There's a new Bose stereo on offer, and Nissan's sat nav gets Google "Send To Car" technology as well as a few other tweaks here and there.
Also new to the Leaf is Nissan's "around view monitor" technology, where a network of cameras around the car give the driver an idea about any obstacles they're likely to hit while parking.
There are also new seats that – for the first time – have height adjustment, and there's a handy new LED light under the charging point cover to help owners get plugged in at night.
Production of the new Leaf will begin at Sunderland in the spring, and will go on sale "in the middle" of 2013.