Advertisement

2012 Nissan Leaf: Heated Seats, Wheel & Battery As Standard

Follow John

2011 Nissan Leaf, Nashville, October 2010

2011 Nissan Leaf, Nashville, October 2010

Enlarge Photo

While Nissan killed the Altima Hybrid, its sole U.S. hybrid vehicle, for 2012, the company has made a number of important upgrades to its Leaf battery electric car.

For 2012, the Nissan Leaf will include as standard heated front and rear seats, plus heated steering wheel and outside mirrors.

Perhaps most importantly, a battery-pack heater will be fitted to every model.

Heating the Leaf's lithium-ion battery pack while the car is plugged in to a recharging station will keep the battery closer its optimum temperature, reducing sluggish performance and range reductions observed by some Leaf drivers after recharging in cold locations.

The 2012 Leaf also now includes a rear duct to bring heated and cooled air to passengers riding in the rear seat.

Of the Leaf's two trim levels--the SV is the base model--the higher-end SL model is not scheduled to go on sale until the fall of 2012, more than a year hence.

2011 Nissan Leaf at quick-charging station

2011 Nissan Leaf at quick-charging station

Enlarge Photo

When it arrives, it will include a Quick Charge Port--previously a $700 option--and also a photovoltaic solar panel on the roof spoiler that helps to charge the car's 12-Volt battery, which runs lights, accessories, and other electric equipment.

Additional features of the 2012 Leaf SL model include automatic headlights, fog lamps, and a cargo-bay cover.

No pricing was announced for the 2012 Nissan Leaf, though the 2011 model remains at $32,780 before any Federal, state, or local incentives.

Nissan USA spokesperson Katherine Zachary said that the company typically announces pricing much closer to the on-sale date, which in the case of the 2012 Nissan Leaf will be sometime this fall.

[Nissan]

+++++++++++

Follow GreenCarReports on Facebook and Twitter.

Advertisement
 
Follow Us

 

Have an opinion?

  • Posting indicates you have read this site's Privacy Policy and Terms of Use
  • Notify me when there are more comments
Comment (1)
  1. Sounds like the cold weather package I have been waiting for up here in Massachusetts. Guess that means I have to wait more than one year for a LEAF.
     
    Post Reply
    Vote
    Bad stuff?

 

Have an opinion? Join the conversation!

Advertisement

Find Green Cars

Go!
Advertisement

Advertisement

 
© 2014 Green Car Reports. All Rights Reserved. Green Car Reports is published by High Gear Media. Send us feedback. Stock photography by Homestar, LLC.