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The now U.S.-built Nissan LEAF will now be available with a custom-designed Bose Energy Efficient Series sound system.
This new Bose system will be available on the 2013 model that goes on sale this month.
Nissan proudly stated that the Bose system in the LEAF delivers powerful, high-quality audio, but with a significantly smaller and lighter footprint than conventional systems and at about half the electrical current.
“Early adopters of electric vehicles were thrilled to have a zero-emissions vehicle and now that we’re expanding the market and it matures, many customers are asking for more amenities in their EV,” said Brendan Jones, Nissan director of EV marketing. “We wanted to be able to give them a premium sound system and be conscientious about the amount of energy required to do so.”
Nissan now assembles the LEAF, its battery and its electric motor all in Tennessee.
For 2013, the company introduced an expanded range of trim levels for the 2013 LEAF. The Bose system is available as part of the premium package on SV and SL models.
“The Bose Energy Efficient Series sound system delivers on all its promise for LEAF owners. It’s remarkably efficient—without conceding on great musical performance,” said Brandon Westley, president of the Bose Automotive Systems Division. “This system also demonstrates the unmatched advancements we’ve achieved in producing highly efficient audio technology in vehicles.”
To meet the energy efficient design goals for the LEAF, Nissan said its engineers focused on using every available watt of power effectively throughout the vehicle, including the sound system. Bose expertise in power-efficient technology led to the development of smaller and lighter speakers and amplifiers that perform at a high level without compromising the LEAF’s power, weight or interior space.
Bose engineers also delivered on Nissan’s goal to incorporate a powerful bass unit compact enough to be mounted into a small space of the LEAF’s rear cargo area. Bose implemented a 4.5-inch Nd Richbass woofer in a 6.2-liter custom-engineered Acoustic Waveguide bassbox.
This bassbox uses patented technology applied from Bose Wave home entertainment products.
Nissan said that for mid-high-frequency performance, the Bose Energy Efficient Series sound system includes six lightweight speakers acoustically tuned to reproduce music accurately, with more of the detail found in a live performance. There are two one-inch neodymium tweeters, one in each A-pillar; two 6.5-inch wide-range neodymium speakers, one in each front door; and two 5.25-inch wide-range neodymium speakers, one in each rear door.
And at the heart of the sound system, a Bose energy-efficient amplifier operates on much less power and runs cooler than conventional offerings. The amplifier is also smaller and lighter because it doesn’t require as many large metal cooling fins to dissipate heat.
U.S. pricing for the new 2013 Nissan LEAF will start at an MSRP of $28,800 for the newly-added S grade.
Additions to the 2013 LEAF include 17-inch alloy wheels and leather appointed interior on SL models; available Around View Monitor; 7-speaker Bose energy efficient audio system; and a 6.6 kilowatt onboard charger that significantly reduces 220V charging times. This onboard charger is standard on SV and SL models.
Bose began collaborating with Nissan Motor Company nearly 25 years ago, and the LEAF is one of many Nissan vehicles currently available with Bose sound systems.