Nissan has introduced the 2013 Nissan Leaf facelift for the Japanese market. The most important update is on the electric drive train, which consists of a new electric motor, an inverter and a DC/DC converter. It is now 10% lighter, giving the car an 80 kg advantage over the outgoing model.
Among other upgrades, Nissan engineers also improved the regenerative braking system to maximize power regeneration. All these improvement enables the EV to travel up to 228 km on a full charge, which is more than sufficient to drive up to Malacca.
On the exterior, the new Leaf gets 3 new colors, namely white, dark Metal Gray and Brilliant White Pearl. It will also get re-designed alloy rims in either 16 or 17-inch width depending on the grade that you choose. Blue reflection LED headlights are available as well.
For the interior, upgrades include genuine leather seats, BOSE® Energy Efficient Series sound system, around view monitor park assist and plasma cluster ion generator that helps to improve cabin air quality.
Along with the facelift, Nissan has introduced an entry-level S variant which costs ¥3,349,500 (S$49,690) in Japan. The existing G and X grades continues to be available for sale.
In Singapore, the Leaf is only available to corporate users under Tides (Transport Technology Innovation and Development Scheme), a local test-bed for electric cars which grants them tax exemption.
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