The Nissan Leaf is one of the biggest names in the green car segment, and as such, its fans are always looking forward to a better battery with a longer range. While the 2017 Leaf battery won’t be new to the lineup, it was formerly only an available option on higher trim levels. As a result, lower trim levels of the Nissan Leaf will have a longer range in addition to a slight price bump, according to a recent reveal by Nissan reps.
The battery in question is a 30 kWh pack that was originally only available on the Leaf SV and SL models, which means that every Leaf has a range of 107 miles. Following suit is the Leaf’s base price, up $1,600 from the 2016 model year. Now, the standard model will start at a price of $30,680, while the SV will be $34,200 and the SL tops the model range at $36,790. Even with the price jump, however, the Nissan Leaf’s base model is the cheapest price for the longest range on the market.
Some enthusiasts were hoping to see the 41 kWh pack that was seen in Renault’s new ZOE model at the Paris Motor Show, but the 2017 Leaf battery seems to be forgoing the 200-plus-mile range for now. However, this upcoming January the Nissan CEO is preparing a keynote speech for the 2017 CES show, so we might hear some news regarding future Leaf models.