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The Nissan LEAF exterior features a fusion of sophisticated aerodynamic management with the design freedom provided by the EV layout. The smooth, elegant movement of the body starts from the low, compact hood, moves through the iconic shoulder character line and on toward the large rear spoiler. The long, up-slanting headlights split and redirect airflow away from the door mirrors, reducing wind noise and drag.
LED low-beam headlights, which consume about half of the electricity of halogen headlights, are standard on LEAF SL. The slim-type aerodynamic LED taillight design and crisp corners combine with the aerodynamic rear bumper with rear diffuser to manage the aerodynamics of the rear end without compromising interior roominess. Nissan LEAF's coefficient of drag is 0.28.
The exterior also utilizes a flat underbody (including a large front flat floor cover, electric motor area undercover, front undercover and rear diffuser with fins) to help manage airflow under the vehicle. An innovative vortex-shedding, roof-mounted antenna is one of many design elements used to help reduce wind noise. Other noise-reduction features include a quiet-operation windshield wiper motor, a sound-insulation windshield design and a dual-isolated, motor-mounting system. The five-door hatchback design also features chrome door handles, aerodynamic outside mirrors and a large greenhouse to provide a bright interior environment. Heated outside mirrors are standard on SV and SL grades.
Two different wheel designs are offered: 16-inch steel wheels with full wheel covers for LEAF S and split five-spoke, 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels for LEAF SV and SL. Bridgestone Ecopia 205/55R16 all-season tires are used with the S grade, while 215/50R17 Michelin Energy Saver all-season tires are standard on SV and SL.
Eight exterior colors are available: Forged Bronze, Coulis Red, Deep Blue Pearl, Gun Metallic, Brilliant Silver, Super Black, Glacier White and Pearl White6.
The roomy Nissan LEAF interior offers a pleasingly modern design with a bright, welcoming atmosphere. The wide, high-tech instrument panel design is dominated by a twin combination meter display in front of the driver and a center ''floating'' C-stack with a 5.0-inch color LCD displaye (S grade) for use with the standard NissanConnect.
The digital ''eyebrow'' display at the top of the instrument panel provides high visibility for the Eco indicator and speedometer, while the lower liquid crystal meter display houses the percentage style state-of-charge meter, power meter, battery temperature gauge, multi-function display, remaining energy gauge, capacity level gauge and distance-to-empty display.
A 7.0-inch display with multi-touch control is standard on SV and SL grades. The flat panel center C-stack cluster includes the color monitor for the standard RearView Monitor and control of the audio and climate systems, as well as the Around View® Monitor5 (available on SV and SL).
For 2017, LEAF SV and SL grades include standard NissanConnectSM with Navigation– featuring a 7.0-inch color display with multi-touch control, Nissan Voice Recognition for navigation and audio, HD radio, SiriusXM® Traffic and SiriusXM® Travel LinkTM for weather, fuel prices, movie listings, stock info and sports (SiriusXM® subscription required, sold separately). The charging screen information is automatically updated every time the ignition is turned on and with every 12 miles of driving.
An ''Eco route'' feature for the available navigation system suggests power-saving alternative routes, and the system also displays ''reachable area,'' as well as showing a selection of nearby charging stations, which is updated with every 12 miles of driving.
The NissanConnect EV system (no-charge subscription required), which is also standard on SV and SL grades, allows remote connection to the vehicle, providing monitoring of battery state-of-charge, start charging event control and turning on the heating and air conditioning system prior to entering the vehicle. Nissan LEAF drivers can use web-enabled mobile phones to turn on climate control and set charging functions remotely (SV and SL models only), even when the vehicle is powered down. An onboard timer can also be programmed to start the charging event (standard on all grades).
With the standard Hands-Free Text Messaging Assistant7, drivers can manage incoming text messages via voice control without taking their hands from the wheel or eyes off the road. Drivers are alerted to an incoming text and, after initiating the system, can hear the text read out loud and respond via voice recognition, or via the steering wheel switches using pre-set answers such as ''driving, can't text,'' ''on my way,'' ''running late,'' ''okay'' or a custom message.
The Nissan LEAF interior also includes standard heated front bucket seats and a 60/40 split folding rear seat and rear HVAC duct. LEAF SV seat fabric is made with bio-PET materials, which are also used for the back door trim, roof trim and headliner, carpeting and a number of other interior pieces such as the door panels and center console storage cover. LEAF SL includes standard leather-appointed seats. Rear cargo space measures a full 24 cubic feet with the 2nd row seat upright. There is 30 cubic feet of cargo space with the standard 60/40-split rear seat folded down.
The center console area includes the palm shifter for the ''shift by wire'' drive selector. The standard three-spoke steering wheel (heated and leather-wrapped on SV and SL grades) houses controls for cruise control (now standard on all grades), audio system and standard Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System. SiriusXM® Satellite Radio (SiriusXM® subscription required, sold separately) is also standard, with HomeLink® Universal Transceiver standard on SL models.
Independent strut front suspension with stabilizer bar
Torsion beam rear suspension with integrated stabilizer bar
Vehicle-speed-sensitive electric power steering
Regenerative braking system, allowing LEAF to produce its own electric energy for storage in its battery
Power-assisted front vented disc/solid rear disc brakes with Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA)
16-inch steel wheels with full covers with 205/55R16 Bridgestone Ecopia all-season tires (S grade)
17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with 215/50R17 Michelin Energy Saver all-season tires (SV, SL grades)
Tire repair kit
Front motor/front-wheel drive
Single speed gear reducer
Battery housed in the floor for optimum vehicle packaging and weight distribution
Laminated 30 kWh lithium-ion battery with 24 compact, eight-cell modules
High-response 80kW AC synchronous motor
107 horsepower and 187 lb-ft of torque
3.6 kW onboard charger (LEAF S)
Available 6.6 kW onboard charger that reduces 240V charging time to about 6 hours for a full charge (standard on SV and SL, optional on S)
107-mile EPA estimated range on a fully charged 30 kWh battery (battery capacity decreases with time and use, actual range will vary depending upon driving/charging habits, speed, conditions, weather, temperature and battery age)
Available Quick Charge Port – allows charging to 80 percent capacity in 30 minutes at fast-charging stations (standard on SV and SL, optional on S)
Shift-by-wire drive selector
Three standard drive modes: Normal, Eco-Mode and B-Mode
Standard Hill Start Assist
Nissan Advanced Air Bag System (AABS) with dual-stage supplemental front air bags with seat belt sensors and occupant classification sensor
Front seat-mounted side impact supplemental air bags
Roof-mounted curtain side impact supplemental air bags for front and rear-seat outboard occupant head protection
Three-point ALR/ELR seat belts (driver's seat ELR only) with pretensioners and load limiters
Child seat upper tether anchor
LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) system
Child safety rear door locks
Energy-absorbing steering column
Zone Body construction with front and rear crumple zones
Side door guard beams
Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) and Traction Control System (TCS)
Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
Nissan Vehicle Immobilizer System
Vehicle Security System (VSS)