The Nissan LEAF has been through a fair number of changes lately, including its redesign in 2018 and the introduction of the longer-range PLUS models in 2019. When the 2020 Nissan LEAF hits showrooms, it’ll bring in another handful of changes, including more standard safety equipment, new standard interior tech, and more.
When the second-generation LEAF arrived in 2018, its goal was to abandon the funky styling of before and bring in a more traditional look with the legendary Nissan twist. The new LEAF may not be quite as traditional looking as the Chevy Bolt EV, but it is a far cry from the odd-proportioned first-generation model. We expect this design to carry on unchanged to the 2020 Nissan LEAF.
Inside, Nissan’s aim at traditional design took hold when the second-gen LEAF rolled out. The cabin boasts all the features expected in just about any Nissan model, including a flat-bottom steering wheel, a clean dashboard design, and simple HVAC controls. The only area that gives up its identity as an advanced electric vehicle is its nontraditional gear shifter and the EV-focused gauges.
The 2020 LEAF’s interior design will carry over, but it’ll bring in some updated tech and features along the way. First, Nissan will scrap the current standard 5-inch infotainment screen and optional 7-inch touchscreen, and it’ll replace them with a standard 8-inch touchscreen. With this new touchscreen infotainment system will also come standard Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto, which are currently standard only on SV and higher trims.
Underhood, the 2020 Nissan LEAF will remain unchanged. Standard models will continue with an electric motor that produces 147 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque and Is fed by a 40-kilowatt-hour battery. LEAF PLUS models will bump up to a 62-kWh battery pack and a motor that pumps out 214 hp and 250 lb-ft of torque. With the base 40-kWh battery, the LEAF can travel up to 149 miles on a charge, and the 62-kWh pack bumps this to 226 miles.
Safety will also get an upgrade in the 2020 LEAF. The current model already boasts standard automatic emergency braking, but the 2020 model will enhance this with standard Nissan Safety Shield 360. This suite of safety equipment will add standard pedestrian detection, rear automatic braking, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane-departure warning, and automatic high-beam headlights. Also, Nissan will add its 360-degree camera to the optional SV Technology Package.