Improved features bring higher cost for model year 2012
As Nissan makes the LEAF available in more markets for model year 2012, more features will be standard (depending on trim level) accompanied by a higher manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP). Nissan announced that the ordering process will open July 25 to consumers with existing reservations in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Washington, D.C.
Once these existing reservationists in these markets have been addressed, new reservations will be accepted in these new markets along with the existing LEAF markets. New reservations will open on August 4. First deliveries are expected this fall.
So, what are the new features? The DC fast charge port will be standard on the upmodel SL. Previously this was a $700 option. Both the standard SV and SL models will also receive a battery warmer, heated steering wheel, and heated front and rear seats.
And what is the higher price? LEAF SV will be $35,200 with the SL priced at $37,250. Nissan says that the added features were incorporated based on feedback from existing LEAF owners.
LEAF availability will continue to increase through the remainder of the year. Existing reservationists will be able to turn their reservations into orders in Connecticut, Colorado, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York in the fall. In addition, LEAF will be made available in Delaware, Indiana, Lousiana, Nevado, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island by the end of the year. This will make the LEAF available in 28 states and the District of Columbia by the end of the year. While progress is likely slower than many would like, LEAF availability will be constrained through next year as all production must come out of Oppama, Japan until the Smyrna, Tennessee plant comes online late next year.