Nissan Leaf Gets The Autech Makeover In Japan

With the introduction of the sportified Leaf, Nissan’s Autech family has welcomed the fourth model in the range after the Serena, Note and X-Trail in Japan.

Setting it apart from the other Leaf models are a series of cosmetic touches starting the signature Aurora Flare Blue Pearl color, though you can also get it in black, white, red and yellow shades.

It also gets metallic trim on the grille, bumpers and side sills, LED headlamps with a dot pattern, a common feature to all cars offered under this sub-brand, electric side mirrors with turn signal repeaters, Autech emblems and unique 17-inch alloy wheels, wrapped in 215/50 rubber.

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The cabin comes in a black and blue two-tone design, with blue leatherette partially found on the seats, door panels, center console and steering wheel, along with blue double stitching. It also adds faux-rosewood trim, Autech emblem in the center cluster and Autech lettering embossed into the front seatbacks.

Limited to the Japanese market, the Leaf Autech will go on sale on June 21 in two different grades called the Leaf Autech and Leaf e+ Autech. Pricing kicks off from 3,931,200 and 4,432,320 yen, respectively, which equals to $35,609 and $40,148 at today’s exchange rates. The base MSRP for the popular electric hatchback in the Land of the Rising Sun is 3,243,240 yen ($29,377), going up to at least 4,162,320 yen ($37,703) for the Leaf e+ X. The Nismo model, on the other hand, can be had from 4,032,720 yen ($36,529).

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  • Mike anonymous

    Is it just me, or does anyone else kind of miss the way the first generation Nissan Leaf used to look. The exterior was quirky in a likable way and the interior was a lot nicer looking (at least to me).

    • J-Triumf

      The interior of the old Leaf definitely looks better, especially because of that two-tier gauge setup; as a 2009 Civic owner I was hoping it would catch on with more cars but sadly it’s been largely abandoned.

      As for the exterior, I think the new Leaf has better looking lights and details but the old Leaf had a better overall shape, mainly with the near-matching hood/windshield angle.

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