The rumors were true – Nissan is upping the Leaf’s battery for certain trim levels and a dealer has announced it ahead of the automaker.
This would be Andy Mohr Avon Nissan of Avon, Indiana, which confirmed also that the 2016 model is the end of the first-generation Leaf, but the gen-one will go out with a bang offering two batteries for the first time.
As has been the case since 2013, the standard Leaf will come with an EPA-estimated driving range of 84 miles from its 24-kwh battery pack, while higher levels will get as much as 25-percent increased capacity, with range as high as 110 miles.
It’s unclear whether Nissan intends to offer new trim levels for the 2016 Nissan Leaf lineup, or if the SV and SL models will carry over with the larger battery.
The dealership also didn’t announce pricing or availability yet and we shall see whether Nissan charges significantly more for the larger battery in a segment that’s becoming more competitive.
The second-generation Nissan Leaf is expected to arrive within the next couple of years as a 2017 or 2018 model, though this too has not been confirmed by Nissan.