2013 Nissan Leaf Revealed With Updated Powertrain

Nissan has revealed the updated all-electric LEAF in Japan with a number of enhancements.

The updated model gets new 17-inch alloy wheels, an optional blue-tinted LED headlights and three new exterior colours: Dark Metal Gray, Brilliant White Pearl and White.

Interior updates include an updated multifunction display, optional leather seats, an improved Around View Monitor and finally there is a Plasma Cluster Ion generator which promises to eliminate bad odors and kill germs.

The luggage space has also been increased from 300 litres to 370 litres by moving a donwnsized onboard charger from the bac of the car to the front.

The Leaf’s new high voltage unit has been upgraded, including an electric motor, inverter and DC/DC converter, resulting in a 30 per cent volume reduction and a 10 per cent mass reduction.

Overall weight of the vehicle was cut by an impressive 80kg compared to the outgoing model.

Engineers also reduced power consumption by improving heat-pump cabin heater, heated seat for all seats, heated steering wheel and heat shield ceiling. In addition changes to the regenerative brake control system enable more efficient power generation when the brakes are operated.

As a result the updated Leaf has a range of up to 141 miles (228 km) from a full charge.

The updated Leaf is expected to arrive in UK in early 2013.

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