- A less expensive 2013 Nissan Leaf S will arrive in showrooms in February, with a price tag under $36,050.
- Formal pricing will be released closer to the 2013 Leaf's on-sale date, Nissan told Edmunds.
- The 2012 Nissan Leaf starts at $36,050, including an $850 destination charge, and before any tax incentives.
FRANKLIN, Tennessee — A less expensive 2013 Nissan Leaf S will arrive in showrooms in February, with a price tag under $36,050, said Nissan on Wednesday.
Formal pricing will be released closer to the 2013 Leaf's on-sale date, Nissan told Edmunds.
The 2012 Nissan Leaf starts at $36,050, including an $850 destination charge, and before any tax incentives.
The automaker is aiming for a "broader range of product offerings" with the 2013 Leaf, said Travis Parman, a Nissan North America spokesman, in a phone conversation with Edmunds.
He said the introduction of the Leaf S grade makes the electric car "more accessible." But those who buy the Leaf S will miss some of the features of the upscale 2013 Leaf SV and SL models, including being able to use Web-enabled mobile phones to turn on air-conditioning and to set charging functions remotely.
The 2013 Leaf SV and SL get a standard 6.6 kW onboard charger that reduces 220v charging time nearly in half to approximately four hours for a full charge. The charger is optional on the 2013 Leaf S model.
An optional Quick Charge Port, which allows charging up to 80 percent capacity in 30 minutes at public DC fast-charging stations is standard on the 2013 Leaf SL and optional on the Leaf SV.
Nissan said it also expected a range improvement on the 2013 Leaf. The 2012 Leaf is estimated to achieve up to a 73-mile driving range, according to the EPA.
Fuel economy numbers for the 2013 Leaf, which gets a carryover powertrain, have not been announced. The 2012 Leaf is one of the most fuel-efficient cars on the market, returning the mpg equivalent of 106 MPGe in city driving and 92 MPGe on the highway, according to the EPA.
Nissan said it will debut three new option packages for the 2013 Leaf, with an optional Around View Monitor and Bose audio system.
Enhanced interior features include a leather-wrapped heated steering wheel, new black interior color and sun visor extensions. Metallic Slate and Glacier White are two new exterior colors for 2013.
Nissan also announced that it is ramping up U.S. production of the Leaf.
Edmunds says: Consumers will be able to get into a 2013 Nissan Leaf for less money — but we'll have to wait a bit longer to hear just how much.