2012 Nissan Leaf price increase and improved specs

 

By Posted 19 Jul 2011, 23:48

With gas prices seemingly going up by the day some of you may be thinking of buying a car which costs less to run next year, the Nissan Leaf falls into this category nicely, however we have recently heard that 2012 models will cost more than their 2011 predecessors.

Lots of details regarding the 2012 Nissan Leaf have been posted over at FoxNews.com, in our article we will highlight some of the most exciting changes which the new models will feature and how much extra these luxuries will cost you, don’t worry though as the price increase is not as dramatic as you may think and some options now come as standard with certain models.

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We can now confirm that the five-door hatchback will now cost $35,200, which is a $2,420 more than the 2011 model which sold for $32,780. When compared to last year’s model you now get heated seats, steering wheel and exterior mirrors, not only this but the car’s lithium-ion battery pack allows for more range from a single charge, apparently 73 miles per charge is achievable.

If you decide to buy the Leaf SV trim level it will cost you $37,500, last year if you bought this model you would have to pay $700 for a 480v fast charging receptacle, next year this will come with this level as standard and it allows you to reach 80 percent battery capacity within 30 minutes of charging.

For some, the price increase may come as a surprise, however when you take into account that one of the Leaf’s biggest competitors, the Chevrolet Volt, is going up in price next year (most models). We are told that the base price will drop, but this is because Chevrolet is “reducing its level of standard equipment”.

As with the 2011 model you may be able to get your Nissan Leaf for much cheaper if you are applicable for federal tax savings, last year’s model could cost some people as little as $25.280, you can find out a little more about 2011 Nissan Lead pricing here.

The 2011 Nissan Leaf has set high standard for the 2012 model to follow, if you check out the car’s reception section on Wikipedia you will see that it won lots of awards for being very green, the Leaf won the 2011 World Car of the Year accolade and is highly rated over at FuelEcomony.gov, in fact it is the clear leader in the site’s EPA rated 2011 list. We wonder whether the 2012 model will build on this.

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