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Nissan prices longer-range 2019 Leaf e+

by Ronan Glon

The base e+ is more expensive than Tesla's entry-level Model 3.

Nissan has released pricing information for the longer-range Leaf e+ it introduced during CES 2019.

The e+ line-up is broken down into three trim levels named S, SV, and SL, respectively. Pricing starts at $36,550. The mid-range model costs $38,510, while the top-spec variant carries a base price of $42,550. Note that those figures don't include a mandatory $895 destination charge.

The e+'s list of standard equipment largely mirrors the standard Leaf's. The S comes with 16-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, a push-button ignition, Bluetooth connectivity, an eight-inch screen for the infotainment system, automatic emergency braking, and automatic climate control, among other features. SV buyers benefit from 17-inch alloys, fog lights, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, navigation, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, adaptive cruise control, and a six-speaker sound system. Finally, the SL receives heated door mirrors, leather upholstery, LED headlights, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, eight-way power-adjustable front seats, a seven-speaker sound system, plus an array of driving aids including rear cross traffic alert, a blind spot monitoring system, intelligent lane intervention, and an electric parking brake.

Every e+ regardless of trim level comes with a 62-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack and a 214-horsepower electric motor. The pack's extra capacity unlocks up to 226 miles of range, which is a significant improvement over the standard Leaf's 150-mile range. That model starts at $29,990 before incentives enter the equation.

The $36,550 price tag places the Leaf e+ in a hotly-contested slice of the electric car segment. For about the same amount of money, motorists can drive home in a Tesla Model 3 ($35,000), a Chevrolet Bolt ($36,620), or a Hyundai Kona Electric ($36,450). These models offer up to 220, 238, and 258 miles of range, respectively.

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