A specially prepared 2015 Nissan LEAF debuted in Nashville recently, showing off a new exterior coating technology that could help it avoid future car washes just the same way it currently avoids gas stations. The difference-maker is a special finish created by UltraTech International, and with Autobytel's chemistry expert currently unavailable, let's just note that the company says it relies on: "proprietary omniphobic technology to coat an object and create a surface chemistry and texture with patterns of geometric shapes that have 'peaks' or 'high points.' These high points repel water, some oils, wet concrete and other liquid unlike any other coating."
Now, at this stage in the game, Nissan has no plans to offer the coating as a production feature, but the company is considering it for the aftermarket. On the other hand, there is some fresh coating news for the 2015 Nissan LEAF, since Nissan colorists will be adding a MorningSky Blue shade to the car's exterior finish choices later in the model year.
The 2015 Nissan LEAF also gets a number of other updates, too. For example, engineers have now deployed an additional driving mode across the LEAF lineup. As a result, along with "Normal" and "Eco-Mode" settings, all LEAF drivers will be able to choose a "B-Mode" for enhanced regenerative braking.
At the top of the LEAF range, the SL grade further introduces a standard hands-free text-messaging assistant and voice-activated destination entry for its nav system, as does the mid-range, 2015 Nissan LEAF SV, and the latter model also will welcome new 17-in. aluminum-alloy wheels as standard equipment, although with later availability.
Pricing for the 2015 Nissan LEAF also has been nudged northward by $30, with the latest models starting at $29,010. Of course, along with its 84-mile all-electric driving range, the 2015 Nissan LEAF still maintain eligibility for a $7,500 incentive from the federal government, which could drive down the net cost to consumers to $21,510. And that's before taking into account the growing number of local and state incentives available for electric vehicles.
The 2015 Nissan LEAF is on sale at dealerships now.
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