The 2021 Nissan Leaf is EV with an outstanding driving range, comfortable and very well-equipped cabin, and elegant design. Moreover, the customers will be surprised how powerful this vehicle really is. The engine provides excellent performance and fuel economy, and at the same time, it’s one of the quietest motors you’ll ever find.
It’s a 10-kW electric motor/40-kWh lithium-ion battery pack combination, with a total output of 147 hp and 235 lb-ft of torque. For the given price, the 2021 Leaf will be one of the best electric cars on the market. The base model’s range of 150 miles is good enough for most of the potential clients. But, if you feel that is not good enough for you, choose the Leaf Plus model, with larger batter and even more power.
The upcoming 2021 Nissan Leaf comes with the appearance more similar to the traditional hatchback or crossover SUV. The rear split C-pillars alongside the floating roof gives that kind of Murano-look to the new model. Moreover, the initial headlights are gone. Instead, fresh lights are narrowed a bit and pulled lower into the fenders.
Upfront, there’s the signature V-motion chrome bar. But, as a replacement to the grille, you’ll find a black panel with blue mesh-like highlights below. On top of that, the massive hatch that covers the plug is integrated into the hood, and front fascia cutlines.
The plug panel sits on a 45-degree angle, which is perfect to insert or remove the charging cord. Some may say that the Leaf looks like any other regular car. But, the unique exterior design will definitely help to establish that EV style.
2021 Nissan Leaf Interior
The interior of brand-new 2021 Nissan Leaf delivers a modern, spacious, and elegant layout. Like in most of the company’s vehicles, the cabin design is simply flawless. The focal point of the inside is a gliding wing-shaped dashboard with a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment display. Underneath the touchscreen, you’ll find a hard button controls for the ventilation, USB ports, and the push-button starter.
In front of the driver is a typical instrument cluster, with large analog speedometer and an additional digital display. The second display can be set to show various functions, such as range, battery level, and outside temperature. The forthcoming Leaf offers accommodation for five passengers, but four is far more comfortable configuration.
The customers can choose between cloth or leather upholstery. The front seats are very supportive, but some folks may find rear seats tight a bit. Also, the legroom is restricted, due to the position of the battery pack access panel.
2021 Nissan Leaf is available in three different trim levels: S, SV, and SL trim. The S version comes with 16-inch wheels, 40-kWh battery, 6.6-kWh on-board charger, ePedal technology, Rear Door Alert, and emergency automatic braking. The SV adds 17-inch wheels, leather-wrapped steering wheel, a quick-charge port, adaptive cruise control, and NissanConnect.
Of course, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto connectivity and Navigation are available. Moreover, the range-topping SL brings LED headlights, 8-way-power driver seat, leather seating, and premium 7-speaker Bose audio system.
To sum up the standard equipment review, heated outside mirrors/steering wheel/front seats, blind-spot monitoring, around-view camera, driver-attention alert, and rear cross-traffic warning are available as well.
Under the hood of arriving 2021 Nissan Leaf will be a 110-kW electric motor paired with a 40-kWh lithium-ion battery pack. This combination can produce a total output of 147 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque. The vehicle is powered by its front wheels and the estimated range is 150 miles. However, that depends on driving habits and outside temperature.
The EPA city/highway fuel-economy equivalent is 112 MPGe. The recharging time also depends on a couple of factors, such as the method of charging, and the power outlet. For example, basic 110-volt outlet requires about 35 hours to charge, while a 220-volt Level 2 charger decrease that time to just eight hours. But, if you opt for a DC fast charger the 40-kWh battery goes up to 80% percent in just 40 minutes.
2021 Nissan Leaf Release Date and Price
2021 Nissan Leaf comes with a starting price of $31,200 for the base S model. The $895 of destination charge is included in that cost. The SV model starts at $33,500, while the most expensive Leaf SL costs around $38,400. But, if you choose a larger battery and more power, the price could go above $40,000.
The potential buyers will be eligible for a federal tax credit, that will significantly push down the price. One of the main rivals of 2021 Leaf surely will be the Chevrolet Bolt EV. Although the Chevrolet model offers longer range, it is more expensive than Nissan’s model.
The Hyundai Kona Electric or Kia Niro EV will be more in the same price range as the Leaf. We may say that these two are the real competition. The official release date is still unknown. But, we assume that the new model will be ready before the end of 2020.