The 2022 Nissan Leaf has just been unveiled in Europe, and believe it or not, it’s already been in the market for five years. While the Leaf was one of the pioneers of affordable electric vehicles (EVs), a lot of competition has popped out of the market since then. This has led Nissan to give it significantly more range in 2020, while for this year, the Leaf comes with an added dose of style.
The aesthetic updates are quite minor, and these are limited to a redesigned front grille with a black patterned plastic panel instead of the pre-facelift model’s blue-tinted grille, a new set of 16- and 17-inch alloy wheels that are finished predominantly in black, along with the addition of Nissan’s newest logo design. Actually, that’s pretty much it in terms of exterior changes.
Moving inside the Leaf, the changes are limited to the new Nissan logo. The materials and panels are all carried over, including its 9-inch Nissan Connect infotainment that has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, smartphone-based remote control functions, and a 7-inch partly-digital gauge cluster.
The 2022 Nissan Leaf still comes with two battery packs. A 40 kWh battery comes as standard, while the Leaf e+ comes with a larger 62 kWh battery pack, with the latter offering up to 385 km of range. The smaller battery comes with a 148-hp electric motor, while the latter comes with a more powerful 215 hp electric motor. Both configurations are front-wheel drive (FWD).
At least for Europe, the 2022 Nissan Leaf comes with the ProPilot suite of advanced driver-assistance tech, which includes automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go function, lane centering, just to name a few.
The refreshed Nissan Leaf will go on sale first in Europe before heading to global markets. Hopefully, the Philippines will also receive the newly-updated Leaf either late this year or early next year.