Nissan LEAF Gets Minor Updates For 2014

By · July 16, 2013

Nissan LEAF

LEAF production in Smyrna, Tenn.

The all-electric Nissan LEAF hatchback will receive minor revisions for the 2014 model year, due in October December. For 2014, Nissan is tweaking existing specs, adding a rear-view camera as standard on all trim levels, and improving the car’s on-board telematics system.

Now standard on 2013 LEAF SV and SL models, the rear-view camera system will become standard for base-model LEAF S owners too, and includes position prediction lines designed to make reverse parking easier.

All other options and trim look to remain the same for the 2014 model year, with the same choice of interior trim and exterior paint as last year’s model.

The 2013 LEAF featured a more significant set of upgrades compared to the previous model year. Coinciding with the movement of production of U.S. market cars from Oppama, Japan to Smyrna, Tenn., the 2013 model has improved motor and power electronics system, a cheaper entry-level S model, and optional 6.6 kilowatt charger and around-view monitoring system. Its weight was reduced as well, improving driving range.

Better Telematics for 2014

Upgrades for the 2014 model are not as extensive, but Nissan said the 2014 LEAF will feature “enhanced EV-IT functionality.” Details are sparse, although Nissan announced that drivers will be able to speak destinations to the car, thanks to improved speech recognition. Drivers will also be able to listen to and dictate SMS text messages. It's not confirmed, but these features could be a result of a recently-announced integration of Apple’s iOS voice-recognition features in Nissan cars.

With no changes to either battery pack or motor specification for the 2014 model year, it's logical that range and efficiency will remain unchanged from the 2013 model. Nissan has not yet released pricing details for the new 2014 LEAF, which will enter production this fall and arrive at dealerships in October December.

Since this article was originally published, Nissan has quietly pushed back the expected date of the 2014 Nissan LEAF from October to December without explanation. The above article has been edited to reflect this

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