Nissan is updating the all-electric LEAF for 2023. The streamlined lineup will consist of just two models instead of three: LEAF S and LEAF SV PLUS. Nissan says the new lineup is designed for value and reflects the most customer-requested features and technologies. The 2023 also receives a refreshed exterior design, including new badging and aluminum-alloy wheels.
The 2023 LEAF receives an enhanced front end appearance, with a refreshed front grille, bumper molding and headlights with a new black inner finisher. Also new for 2023, the LEAF wears Nissan's new illuminated badge.
New illuminated Nissan badging. Photo: Nissan.
Also, shape of the tire deflectors at all four corners, rear under diffuser and rear spoiler are modified for better aerodynamics. The SV Plus model rides on new standard 5-spoke 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels.
The SV PLUS rides on new 5-spoke 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels. Photo: Nissan.
Inside the cabin, you'll find the new Nissan badge on the steering wheel as well as a new start-up video on the instrument panel screen. Black cloth is standard on both trims, with gray finishers for LEAF S and gloss black finishers for LEAF SV Plus.
The SV Plus model comes standard with ProPILOT Assist, a hands-on driver assist system that combines Nissan's Intelligent Cruise Control and steering assist technologies. ProPILOT Assist also includes a stop and hold function that can bring the vehicle to a full stop, hold in place and can bring the vehicle back up to speed when traffic starts moving again.
No range estimates for 2023 are available yet. For reference, the 2022 LEAF SV Plus Jerry Reynolds reviewed with a 62-kWh lithium-ion battery offered 226-miles of range.
The 2023 LEAF S is equipped with a 40-kWh lithium-ion battery and 110-kW electric motor that delivers 147-horsepower and 236 lb.-ft. of torque. The 2023 Nissan LEAF SV PLUS features a 60-kWh lithium-ion battery and a powerful 160-kW electric motor that produces 214 horsepower and 250 lb.-ft. of torque.
Every 2023 LEAF is offered with a limited lithium-ion battery warranty covering defects in materials or workmanship for eight years or 100,000 miles, whichever comes first, for the battery pack. Nissan also provides a limited warranty against battery capacity loss below nine bars of capacity as shown on the vehicle's battery capacity level gauge for the first eight years or 100,000 miles for all models.
Nissan lowered the price of the LEAF in 2022. Nissan says the 2023 lineup maintains similar starting prices. Qualified purchasers may also be eligible for a potential federal tax credit of up to $7,500.
The updated LEAF goes on sale this summer.
Photo Credit: Nissan.