Nissan has extended the range of its 2016 LEAF battery-electric compact car to 107 miles on a full charge, which represents a 27-percent increase from the 84-mile range of the outgoing model.
The 2016 LEAF arrives with a 30 kilowatt-per-hour battery pack offered as standard equipment on the SV and SL trim levels. The LEAF S will retain the 24 kilowatt-per-hour battery pack. The battery packs are paired with an 80-kilowatt AC synchronous motor.
Nissan will offer an eight-year or 100,000-mile warranty on the new battery pack. The existing battery's warranty covers eight years or 100,000 miles against defects and five years or 60,000 miles against excessive capacity loss.
After the federal tax credit of $7,500, the 2016 LEAF retails for $27,550 for the SV model, $30,140 for the SL model, and $22,360 for the S model.
The 2016 LEAF also offers audio and connectivity upgrades by adding the NissanConnect infotainment system with mobile apps and a 5.0-inch color display as standard features for S models. The SV and SL grades add a 7-inch color display with multi-touch control and voice recognition as standard features.
The 2016 model adds new exterior colors Forged Bronze, Coulis Red, and Deep Blue Pearl. Fleets can begin ordering the 2016 LEAF this fall.