The new and improved 2016 LEAF, which may reach dealers in October, is expected to have substantially increased range, but that’s about all we know at this point – Nissan has yet to release any details.
However, it may be that an Indiana Nissan dealer has just spilled the beans. Andy Mohr Avon Nissan ( via Green Car Reports) of Avon, Indiana, sings the praises of the upcoming 2016 LEAF on its web site, and says that it will be offered with two different battery options:
“The standard LEAF will come with the same battery as the 2015 model, featuring an EPA-estimated driving range of 84 miles. Drivers of higher trim levels will enjoy a battery with as much as 25% increased capacity, delivering a driving range of as much as 110 miles.”
Logically, it makes sense to offer a choice of battery sizes – drivers with a regular commute may not need the additional range. However, Tesla seems to have found that its customers have little interest in smaller and cheaper batteries. It will be interesting to see if the LEAF’s less affluent buyers feel the same.
Release date and pricing for the 2016 LEAF are “still tentative.”