Nissan Australia has released the second-generation Leaf’s new flagship, with the all-electric small hatchback’s aptly named e+ variant delivering longer range, faster charging and higher performance – at a cost.
The Leaf e+ is priced from $60,490 plus on-road costs, meaning it commands a $10,500 premium over the carryover regular Leaf.
This positioning puts the Leaf e+ in the same conversation as the entry-level Tesla Model 3 Standard Range Plus mid-size sedan ($62,900) and well above its direct rival, the Hyundai Ioniq Electric (from $48,790).
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That said, Leaf e+ buyers compensated for the extra spend with a 62kWh battery that provides 450km of NEDC-certified range, which are 22kWh larger and 135km longer than that of the regular Leaf.
When the Leaf e+ does need to be charged, it takes 11.5 hours to charge its battery from 30 to 100 per cent capacity when using a 6.6kW AC charger, while a 100kW DC fast-charger will take it from 20 to 80 per cent in 45 minutes.
For reference, the regular Leaf’s 6.6kW AC charging time is four hours shorter due to its smaller battery, but its DC fast-charging time is 15 minutes longer because it instead tops out at 50kW.
Furthermore, the Leaf e+’s front-mounted electric motor produces 160kW of power and 340Nm of torque, making it 50kW and 20Nm more potent than the regular Leaf.
The Leaf e+ is therefore the higher performing of the two, with it sprinting from a standstill to 100km/h in 6.9 seconds, which is one second quicker than the regular Leaf. Its top speed is also 13km/h superior, at 158km/h.
Standard equipment in the both Leaf e+ and regular Leaf includes dusk-sensing LED lights, rain-sensing wipers, power-folding side mirrors with heating, 17-inch alloy wheels, a space-saver spare, keyless entry and rear privacy glass.
Inside, push-button start, an 8.0-inch touchscreen multimedia system, satellite navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support, a seven-speaker Bose sound system, a 7.0-inch multifunction display, a heated steering wheel, heated front and rear outboard seats, and black leather-accented upholstery with grey Ultrasuede accents feature.
Advanced driver-assist systems in the Leaf e+ extend to autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane-keep assist, adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition, high-beam assist, driver attention alert, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, surround-view cameras, front and rear parking sensors, and tyre pressure monitoring.
2021 Nissan Leaf pricing before on-road costs