The new 2023 Nissan Leaf will introduce mild upgrades only. We don’t expect major changes in the following year. This all-electric compact hatchback is still one of the best-selling models in the electric segment. The standard variant provides 150 miles of driving range. There is also the Leaf Plus variant which delivers up to 226 miles of all-electric driving range.
Besides supreme efficiency, Leaf is still a very affordable model, competing with Chevy Bolt EV and Hyundai Kona Electric. The 2022MY arrived with a new quick charger, and the 2023MY will introduce minor cosmetic upgrades.
Nissan Leaf Facelift
The 2023 Nissan Leaf hatchback is far more mainstream than it was a few years ago. This model now looks distinctive and definitely more modern. We like the front fascia, with a sharp-looking grille, or the place where the traditional grille usually sits. There is no need for a radiator as there is no combustion engine. The Leaf model also sports a floating roof design, which is a classic optical illusion from Nissan.
The charging socket is placed above the Nissan badge on the front section. This is an unusual setup as most of the EVs are offering sockets on the sides. Anyway, this hatchback will arrive with minor visual refreshments, so nothing dramatic will change.
Unlike a regular hatchback, the new 2023 Nissan Leaf sits taller. This is because the battery pack is placed under the floor. This is a good thing, especially for those who want a higher driving position. The cabin is roomy enough, with 33.5 inches of rear legroom. The cargo area, on the other hand, is rated at only 30 cubic feet.
Nissan offers the back interior scheme, but the range-topping SL Plus variant features a light grey theme. Speaking of the Leaf SL Plus, leather upholstery is available as standard. The rest of the trim levels come with suede materials. As before, an 8-inch touchscreen is once again on offer.
Driving Range and Charging
The base Leaf hatchback comes with a single electric motor and a lithium-ion battery pack. It provides 147 hp and 235 lb-ft of torque. This version provides 150 miles of driving range per charge. On the other hand, the Leaf Plus uses the same setup, but with a more powerful motor and a larger 62-kWh battery. The 2023 Nissan Leaf Plus is capable of producing 214 horsepower and a torque of 250 lb-ft.
On top of that, the Leaf Plus variant delivers 226 of the driving range. The standard model takes around seven hours for a full battery charge, while DC fast charger will supply 80 percent in around 45 minutes. As we said, the quick charging port should be standard now.
2023 Nissan Leaf Release Date, Price
The price of the upcoming 2023 Nissan Leaf will start at $28,000. This is still a very affordable price for such an iconic all-electric hatchback. On the other hand, the SL Plus trim level will cost $38,000. The Leaf model will continue to rival Hyundai Kona Electric, Chevy Bolt EV, and Kia Niro EV models. Finally, numerous speculations are saying the Leaf hatchback will transform into crossover by 2025.