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Nissan Leaf gets updated Shiro trim

Published: 28 June 2023 Updated: 28 June 2023

► Second-gen Nissan Leaf has been on sale for five years
► Better value than before
► Will it be good enough?

You’re looking at the Nissan Leaf Shiro, a new trim designed to keep the aging Japanese EV in the best electric cars conversation. Based on the N-Connecta grade, the Shiro brings together the greatest hits of the options list, and brings together the most popular requests from customers. Nissan should know customers like by now; the current Leaf has been out for half a decade. 

‘Leaf was the first mass market car when it launched in 2010; with the 2nd generation following in 2018, Nissan continued to be at the forefront of the electric revolution, said Nic Thomas, Nissan’s marketing director of Great Britain.

‘Since then, Leaf has gone from strength to strength and continues to represent an excellent customer proposition for both new and used vehicle customers. I’m pleased to introduce this new version, Shiro is a welcome addition to our line-up which is great value and tech advanced and I’m sure will be an incredibly popular choice.’

Nissan Leaf

What’s new with Shiro? 

Shiro is Japanese for white, and that means on the outside you get Nissan’s Arctic White paint as standard. Inside, you’ll find ProPILOT Assist semi-autonomous functionality and synthetic leather trim with cloth inserts. This Leaf will only be offered with Nissan’s 39kWh battery. 

How much? 

Nissan’s preloaded Leaf comes with a decent cash bonus; and costs less than speccing up an equivalent N-Connecta trimmed car: ‘Staying true to the LEAF’s roots as the original affordable mass-market electric family car we are pleased to be able to offer this variant with over £1000 worth of benefits for £28,495, £2,000 less than the N-Connecta on which it is based,’ Thomas added. Zap-Map’s premium service – which includes drivers to journey plan for their specific car – for three years. 

Is that enough to keep the Leaf in the best electric family car shortlist? We’ll deliver our verdict on the ‘updated’ Leaf soon – but let us know what you think in the comments below. 

By Curtis Moldrich

CAR's Digital Editor, F1 and sim-racing enthusiast. Partial to clever tech and sports bikes