The Nissan LEAF appears set to be a carryover for the 2021 model year. No major changes appear to be in store for buyers in terms of battery capacity. According to an early document for fleet buyers, the 2021 LEAF will continue to feature a choice between 40kWh and 60kWh batteries, although it's worth noting that the 40kWh SL trim will no longer be offered.
The current LEAF is rated at up to 226 miles of range with the 60kWh pack, although sticking with the 40kWh version drops that down to just 149 miles. While these figures are certainly better than previous versions of the LEAF, they pale in comparison to cars like the Tesla Model 3 and its range of up to 322 miles in the case of the Dual-Motor AWD Long Range model.
Official pricing for the 2021 LEAF has not yet been announced. For reference, the current car starts at $32,525 and ranges up to nearly $45,000. That said, one of the LEAF's major advantages is that it remains eligible for a full $7,500 federal tax credit plus state & local offers like the $2,000 California Clean Vehicle Rebate. Some of its direct competitors are not.
Production of the 2021 LEAF is expected to start in August of 2020, according to estimates provided to fleet buyers. That would most likely result in a release date sometime in September. Whether or not that proves to be the case remains to be seen, especially amidst delays and other challenges associated with COVID-19. Check back for updates as they become available.
Pictured: 2020 LEAF