Style is everything…
We were invited out to swanky Milan by Nissan this week, with the promise of not only hearing about a new illusive Leaf model, but also to take part in all sorts of electric-powered fun (click here for more on this…)
First up, the new Leaf. Would it have more power akin to the 48kWh concept we brought you in July? Well, unfortunately not. The Leaf Black Edition, due to hit showrooms in March ’17, is much more of an exercise in updated style and tech than it is about performance.
Visual changes include black alloys, mirror covers and a rear spoiler for the full black-on-black-on-black stealth look. Inside, you’ll get the latest Acenta-spec when it comes to gizmos. This means an Around View Monitor (birds-eye view-style parking feature), NissanConnect EV telematics (if you know, you know how useful this can be), along with free wi-fi for the first 1000 customers (sorry to customer #1001…)
“Innovation that excites”
We caught up with Gareth Dunsmore, Director of EVs at Nissan Europe, during our jaunt down to Italy, to discuss the new model. “The Nissan LEAF Black Edition offers our customers stylish, premium design in an affordable mass-market 100 percent electric vehicle. We are committed to delivering innovation that excites and this vehicle does just that, with our leading Around View Monitor technology offering customers a more confident drive – embodying Nissan Intelligent Mobility.”
The Leaf amazingly celebrated its sixth birthday this year, so we’re hoping to see something completely re-worked from the brand in the coming year or so. But for now, stay tuned as we gear up to bring you the real reason why we took the trip out to Italy’s most stylish country…