2018 Nissan Leaf: price for all trim levels revealed in France

New Nissan Leaf

Last Friday, the price for all trim levels of the new Nissan Leaf was finally revealed in France. In total, there are now four trim levels: Visia, Acenta, N-Connecta and Tekna.

 

The new Nissan Leaf had its battery capacity increased by 33 % from 30 to 40 kWh, while the NEDC range increased by 51 % from 250 to 378 km. This shows us that the new Leaf is not only much more pleasing to the eye, it’s also more efficient than the outgoing model.

Furthermore, the new Nissan Leaf not only has better range and efficiency, it’s also much safer. Safety features such as intelligent emergency braking and pedestrian reconnaissance (AEB), lane departure warning and intelligent line crossing prevention (LKAS), traffic sign recognition, and blind spot monitoring are standard in all trim levels. This is a step forward in Carlos Ghosn’s vision of achieving a zero-emission and zero-fatality mobility.

The 6,6 kW internal charger is now also standard in all trim levels, which is a good complement to the also standard 50 kW DC fast charging capability via CHAdeMO.

 

However, you need to choose at least the Acenta trim level to get some goodies such as the always recommend heat pump, front and rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, a 7-inch touch screen with NissanConnect, backup camera and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto support for your smartphone.

The N-Connecta trim level does have some options that I like such as the heated front and rear seats and Nissan AVM (360º Around View Monitor via four cameras). Nissan’s ProPILOT Assist technology is available as an option.

With the top-of-the-line Tekna trim you get LED headlights, Bose® Energy Efficient Series 7 speakers and ProPILOT, but ProPILOT Park is optional.

 

Now let’s see the prices before any government incentives or Nissan discounts in France.

 

New Nissan Leaf

  • Leaf Visia: 33.900 €
  • Leaf Acenta: 35.300 €
  • Leaf N-Connecta: 37.100 €
  • Leaf Tekna: 38.900 €

 

Old Nissan Leaf

  • Leaf Visia: 31.900 €
  • Leaf Acenta: 33.900 €
  • Leaf Tekna: 36.300 €

 

What I most disliked about the LEAF 2.ZERO Launch Edition was that you could only choose two colors – black or grey -, which are the worst choices for a car, especially if it’s electric. The other thing I disliked were the 17-inch wheels, which are less efficient than the 16-inch wheels present in the Acenta.

 

To sum up, I was never a fan of the old Nissan Leaf, not because of its weird looks, but mostly due to its debut with LMO battery cells without TMS (Thermal Management System), in my mind it was a trainwreck waiting to happen. However, I really like this new model – even without a TMS.

It doesn’t matter if we consider the 2018 Nissan Leaf a second generation or a facelift, since it’s a much better car than the outgoing model. The new model looks great – which means you’ll have less difficulties convincing your other half in getting one -, it’s much safer, has a better trunk, has more range, better efficiency and Android Auto.

The entry level Visia is very well equipped and my only critique – that can be extended to almost every automaker – is that heat pumps, heated seats and LED headlights are essential and should be standard for every electric car. Anyway, considering that after discounts and incentives the LEAF 2.ZERO Launch Edition is available in Portugal for 30.400 €, Visia should be around 26.000 €, which pressures Renault to drop Zoe’s price.

 

In the following weeks the prices in other European markets should start to appear.

 

 

More info:

https://newsroom.nissan-europe.com/fr/fr-fr/media/pressreleases/426212143/la-nouvelle-nissan-leaf-revele-sa-gamme

https://www.nissan-cdn.net/content/dam/Nissan/fr/brochures/Brochures-vehicules/eBrochure-LEAF2018.pdf

This Post Has 20 Comments

  1. I’m kind of disappointed to read the lower trim is almost 34000€, it’s not exactly what Nissan promised. The final prices you expect to see need an 8000€ reduction to get at.
    I totally agree with you about the battery issue, the lack of TMS is the elephant in the room. No matter how nicely Nissan advertises their car, you pay for a car with a 40kWh battery but after a few years, you’ll have one with significantly less capacity.
    Regarding the options mentioned, perhaps you can pay for the ones you want without jumping up to the highest level.

    1. Ironically – but not surprisingly – prices of electric cars are always higher in France because of generous government subsidies. Basically taxpayers are just subsidizing private profits. This always happens when governments subsidize private products or services.

      The best incentive to get automakers serious about electric cars and don’t overprice them is to make polluting cars harder to sell with carbon taxes.

    2. Do you know which evs have a TMS and which have not?

      1. Most have them. Nissan Leaf, Volkswagen e-up and Volkswagen e-Golf don’t.

      2. The Hyundai Ioniq has a very week TMS. It simply pulls out air from the cabin to the battery pack…

    3. I disagree a touch. I bought one of the very first Leaf’s (2011) and have been very pleased. The range has declined to about 100km after over 6 years of service, but the car has required zero gas and the only maintenance has been rotating the tire. I have found the batteries perfectly acceptable.

  2. Great point Pedro!
    May I refer to your views on this issue and the Norwegian example.
    What do you think on not punishing heavy and expensive Teslas?
    At least until 2020…

    1. Thanks.

      Norway is a unique case, efficiency of electric cars doesn’t matter that much in there because 99 % of the electricity production is from hydropower plants.

      Nevertheless, better efficiency is always welcomed. The more electricity Norway saves the more it can export, as it does with oil and natural gas.

      Since every EV is VAT exempt in there, I think it’s fair to apply the same rules to Tesla.

      However, I think that Norwegians are much better capable to comment this subject than I am.

  3. Strange. If I remember correctly the prices in US were staying the same despite the uograde so why are they going up in France? British pound is still quite cheap so imports to euro area should not see price rises.

  4. Could it be that Americans are not getting higher prices of Leaf because of imminent arrival of Model 3 whereas EU has to wait a year so there will be no serious competition for now?

    1. Yes, that can be one reason.

      In the USA they not only have the Tesla Model 3, they also have the Chevrolet Bolt EV.

    1. That was in 2005, the battery technology was very limited back then, not only in terms of energy density but also in costs.

      For example, the first Tesla Roadster was only delivered in February 2008, when cylindrical 18650 battery cells with good energy density became available to laptops.

      Ghosn just adapted to change, unlike many dinosaurs.

  5. Apparently it id higher Price for limited sort of “Founder Series” leaf 2.zero. Here in Poland new Leaf starts from 160k PLN but i read that regularnie Leaf 2 well Costa about the same as old one so about 130k PLN.

  6. *regular Leaf 2 will cost…

    I’m sorry.

  7. Pedro, would you be surprised if, when the 60kwh version comes out, that Nissan slightly increases the price for the models with the 60, and slightly lowers the prices for those with the 40kwh?

    Also, would you expect Nissan to separate battery types by trim level? So that S is 40, and SV and SL are 60? So the battery size won’t be optional within a trim level, I mean.

    1. My guess is that Nissan won’t increase the price. Not only the new NCM 811 battery cells will be cheaper than the current ones, there will be much more alternatives by then.

      I’m not sure, but if I was in charge, the new Leaf would only have a 60 kWh battery or higher. For a cheaper alternative I would introduce the Nissan Micra EV with a 40-50 kWh battery to be an alternative to other electric superminis (Opel Corsa EV, Peugeot 208 EV, Volkswagen ID hatchback and Renault Zoe).

      1. It’ll be interesting to see if they do keep the price the same. Possibly it’ll depend on battery production levels & availability. Which alternatives will be available? The Model 3 will still be going to reservation holders, the Bolt is quite a bit more expensive, and the Hyundai & Kia EVs seems to be production constrained, so even if they have competitively priced long range options, they might not be very available.

        Hopefully there will be some SUV/wagon style EVs available soon too, especially for when I trade in my 2017 Leaf. 😉

      2. Tesla Model 3 (standard range), Chevrolet Bolt EV, Kia Niro EV, Hyundai Kona EV and Hyundai IONIQ Electric with battery upgrade. I think that this last one will be the most direct alternative.

      3. true, the Bolt and the Model 3 will be more expensive if the Leaf stays the same price though. The Model 3 won’t be available to non-reservation holders until sometime after 2019, so the Leaf will have a year headstart, and the others all have very limited availability, so they have long waits or are impossible to get, depending on where the buyer is.

        I suspect that the Leaf might have a year or so as the only long range EV that a buyer could get without having a very long wait, outside of California, Korea and China.

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