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NEW NISSAN LEAF: MORE AFFORDABLE, MORE FLEXIBLENew British-built version boasts over 100 improvementsThree trim levels offer buyers plenty of choiceBattery leasing available for the first timeEnhanced battery warranty gives added peace of mindThe
next generation of Nissan's all-electric LEAF has arrived - and for the
first time, buyers can lease batteries for the 100% electric car and
choose one of three trim levels. A
new pricing structure has been introduced to reflect the three trim
levels and the battery-leasing options now available - but things are
far from complicated. Cars bought with leased batteries will be known as
'Flex' models and buyers will be able to get behind the wheel of an
entry-level Visia LEAF on that basis for £15,990 (after receipt of the
Government's £5,000 plug-in grant). The separate battery lease payment ranges from just £70 per month depending on the length of the contract and mileage covered. The
highest price anyone will pay for a LEAF is £25,490 (again, after
receipt of the grant). This will be for a top-of-the-range Tekna LEAF,
with the battery bought outright.* The
new LEAF features more than 100 improvements over its predecessor -
many of which were made as a result of feedback from Nissan's active
community of LEAF owners. Most
notably, the car's range has been extended from 109 miles to 124 miles.
And its battery is capable of recharging in about half the time of the
first-generation LEAF**. The
longer range has been achieved by improving the LEAF's aerodynamics and
its regenerative braking system and a more efficient E-powertrain. The
real world range has also been improved with the introduction of a new
heating system which is 70 per cent more efficient through the use of a
heat pump in the system. But
that's far from the whole story. New interior trim, the addition of
Nissan's Around View Monitor technology and new suspension settings
specifically tailored for European roads build on the LEAF's unique
driving experience. The
three trim levels available to UK buyers are Visia, Acenta and Tekna.
All models have increased boot space because of the relocation of the
charging point and an enhanced interior trim. There is a height adjust
facility on both front seats and more foot space for passengers. At the top of the range, Tekna features a BOSETM energy-efficient sound system with a subwoofer and seven speakers. In addition, there are 17-inch alloys and LED headlamps. Whichever
route buyers choose to LEAF ownership, peace of mind is assured with
Nissan's enhanced battery warranty. The warranty on the
previous-generation LEAF's battery covered it against defective
materials or workmanship for five years. The extended warranty also
protects against capacity loss, with a commitment to repair or replace a battery which falls short of what might reasonably be expected***. Nissan's
announcement of a new era for emission-free motoring continues to drive
the electric revolution forward. Owning an electric car has never been
more appealing. Some of the benefits are well-known, such as the lack of
Vehicle Excise Duty and exemption from the London congestion charge,
but it's becoming easier to charge up a Nissan LEAF on the move with
more public charging points opening all the time. And of course, the
cost of a full battery charge is a fraction of the price of a tank of
petrol. Jim
Wright, Managing Director of Nissan Motor (GB) Ltd, said: "We are very
proud of the new Nissan LEAF, which underlines our commitment to the
future of electric motoring. "With
more than 100 improvements over the outgoing model, it really does mark
the next stage in the electric motoring revolution. Built at our
record-breaking Sunderland plant for British drivers using British
roads, we're looking forward to it becoming our next home-grown success
story." Pricing: Buy car, buy batteryBuy car, lease batteryVisia£20,990£15,990Acenta£23,490£18,490Tekna£25,490£20,490 Prices after receipt of the plug-in car grant Battery Leasing: Contract term<7,500 miles9,000 miles10,500 miles12,000 miles15,000 miles36 months+£70.00£77.00£85.00£93.00£109.0024 months£80.00£87.00£95.00£103.00£119.0012 months£90.00£97.00£105.00£113.00£129.00 ends... * Prior to any options or accessories. ** Four hours from 32 amp home / public charging infrastructure with options 6.6kw charger. ***
The repair or replacement option will be offered for any battery which
falls below nine bars of the 12 bars displayed on the vehicle's battery
capacity gauge during the first five years or 60,000 miles of ownership
(whichever comes first).
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