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Know your LEAF model

Postby nshantha » Wed Jan 20, 2016 3:00 pm

Japanese Domestic Model (JDM) variants and years


3 Models Offered:
    1. S (lowest)
    2. X
    3. G (highest)

Note that LED headlights is an optional feature in X and S models but standard in G model.

Introduced in 2010 December

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Introduced in 2012 November
Introduction of model AZE0
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Introduced in 2014 January

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Introduced in 2014 May
X 80TH ANNIVERSARY model offered in 4 Special Colors (Colors offered in Nissan GTR)
1. Aurora Flare Blue Pearl: an expression of the arctic night sky.
2. Premium Deep Maroon: a traditional color from 1971
3. Premium Orange Sun flare: a vivid hue
4. Brilliant White Pearl with bronze accents

Main Features
• LED Headlights
• Bonze Wheel Covers
• Bronze Side Mirrors
• Chrome Door Handles
• Reverse Camera (As Standard)

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Introduced in 2015 December
Two Battery Capacities offered 24kWh and 30kWh.

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Introduced in 2016 October
The "thanks edition" has been introduced to continue through 2017.

More information about "thanks edition" can be found at a separate post in this thread later.

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Re: Know your LEAF model

Postby nshantha » Wed Jan 20, 2016 7:23 pm

UK Models

2014 and 2015 Models
3 models offered (24kWh):

2016 Models
2 models offered (30kWh):
aircon, Bluetooth, folding mirrors, NissanConnect, cruise control, rear view camera, automatic headlights, auto wipers.
full leather, heated front and rear seats and steering wheel, Bose sound system

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Re: Know your LEAF model

Postby nshantha » Sat Feb 20, 2016 9:43 pm

Leaf Paint Codes

2015 Canada Leaf Colors

You may be able to determine paint code from this chart I suppose:


Here is another illustration of color names



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Re: Know your LEAF model

Postby nshantha » Wed Feb 24, 2016 9:10 pm

Some information about the changes introduced in 2013 model (with respect to 2012 and earlier models)

[From Nissan Press Release]

Updated Nissan LEAF Available in Japan

Addition of the affordable "S grade"
Variety of new enhancements and equipment
228km of range achieved at full charge (JC08 mode)
700 outlets in Japan to be equipped with quick chargers by end of fiscal year 2012

YOKOHAMA, Japan (Nov. 20, 2012) – Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. today announced the release in Japan of the updated Nissan LEAF, which has received a number of enhancements. The all-electric LEAF is in its second iteration and is now available at Nissan dealers nationwide.

The Nissan LEAF is the number one selling EV in the world. Since its debut in December 2010, more than 43,000 drivers around the world have chosen the LEAF. By purchasing one, owners are making a personal contribution to help create a sustainable zero-emission society; the LEAF emits zero CO2 or exhaust during operation.

The new LEAF continues to offer excellent performance and driving feel, with smooth, strong acceleration and quiet delivery across a speed range that's comparable to that of luxury models, as well as great handling stability realized by well-balanced weight distribution.

The affordable S grade has been added for the new model year and joins the ongoing G and X grades. There is no performance sacrifice with the new S grade.

Among several new enhancements for the new LEAF are:

Available genuine leather seats
BOSE® Energy Efficient Series sound system
Around View Monitor which assists parking at roadsides
Driving range of 228km at a full charge (JC08 mode)
Enhanced regenerative braking performance
A power-saving heating system.

At present, there are approximately 400 sales outlets in Japan that are equipped with quick chargers. In order to offer even better convenience and accessibility for LEAF owners, Nissan plans to expand the availability of quick chargers to 700 sales outlets in Japan. When the expansion is completed, one-third of dealers will be able to offer quick charging service.

The major changes in specifications and equipment of the new Nissan LEAF are:


Sporty and stylish 17-inch aluminum wheels (standard on G)
16-inch aluminum wheels used in the current model are available as a factory-installed option (on X)
16-inch full-wheel covers (standard on S and X)
LED headlights with auto-leveling using blue reflection LED lights (standard on G, factory-installed option on S and X)
Front fog lights (standard on G, dealer-installed option on S and X)
Seven available body colors, including three new colors: Dark Metal Gray, Brilliant White Pearl and White.


Chic, elegant black interior
Genuine leather seats available on G and X as a factory-installed option (Airy Gray color for previous model is available on G and X)
Pop-up and down adjustable rear center seat headrest
Increased luggage space from 330L to 370L, realized by moving a downsized onboard charger from the back of the car to the front
Remaining battery capacity shown by percentage in the Multifunction Display
Foot-operated parking brake.

Basic EV structure

High voltage unit, including an electric motor, inverter and DC/DC converter, was integrated, resulting in a 30 percent volume reduction and a 10 percent mass reduction
More responsive and exhilarating acceleration feel delivered by a newly designed motor
Weight reduced by about 80kg compared to previous model. Achieved by combined powertrain unit, integrated functions, streamlined battery module and case structure, and use of lighter parts
B range that generates deceleration without feeling a change in noise and gravity even on a downward slope (standard on G and X)
Enhanced driving performance achieved by improved steering response in the medium-speed range and optimized suspension characteristics associated with weight reduction.

Improved power consumption

Reduced power consumption with a heat-pump cabin heater, heated seat for all seats, heated steering wheel and heat shield ceiling
Changes to the regenerative brake control system enable more efficient power generation when the brakes are operated.


Long-life mode (where the battery is charged to 80% to extend the battery life), now available in any charging mode
Improved convenience of the charging port, including a locking mechanism for the normal charging connector, LED light for charging at night and electromagnetic opener for the charging port lid.


Addition of "Stop-off charging spot guidance" function, "Power-saving route guidance" function and "Battery capacity at a destination forecast" function which can allay potential range anxiety
New ways to search for and locate charging spots easily and quickly. Adoption of "Charging spot availability information provision" function, "Quick charger location display" function and "Unavailable charging spot display" function.

Additional enhancements

Lighter-weight, highly efficient BOSE® seven-speaker system: Energy Efficient System (factory-installed option on G and X)
Around View Monitor shows an image of the vehicle's surroundings that is not easily visible (factory-installed option on G and X)
Highly concentrated Plasma Cluster Ion generator which eliminates odors and kills germs (standard on G)
Hill Start Assist which enables a driver to start the LEAF on a slope without worrying about rolling backward

Nissan LEAF has been developed in line with Nissan's commitment to using recycled materials where possible to minimize environmental impacts. In addition, the amount of the rare earth element dysprosium used in the newly designed motor of the updated Nissan LEAF has been reduced by about 40 percent compared to the previous model-without sacrificing performance.
Pricing, Tax Incentives and Subsidies in Japan

Drive system Motor Grades Price (JPY)
2WD EM57 G 4,133,850 *Photo
X 3,757,950
S 3,349,500

All Nissan LEAF grades qualify for the Japanese government's eco-car subsidies and are exempt from the automobile weight tax and automobile acquisition tax. In addition, LEAF customers can receive up to 780,000 yen in incentive grants in accordance with the Japanese government's incentive scheme for fiscal year 2012 to promote the purchase of clean energy vehicles.


Customers can apply for these subsidies at the Next Generation Vehicle Promotion Center. Additional subsidies may be available through local governments. To qualify for these subsidies, owners must retain the vehicle for six years.
Nissan LEAF also qualifies for preferential tax incentives available for environmentally friendly vehicles. As such, the LEAF is fully exempt from the automobile acquisition tax on vehicles registered by March 31, 2015, and the automobile weight tax on vehicles registered by April 30, 2015.
Additionally, the automobile tax on vehicles registered by March 31, 2014 is reduced by 50 percent for one year starting from the next fiscal year following the registrations.
BOSE is a registered trademark of the Bose Corporation.
Plasma Cluster is a registered trademark of the Sharp Corporation.

For information about Nissan's comprehensive approach to zero emissions, please visit:

About Nissan
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Japan's second-largest automotive company, is headquartered in Yokohama, Japan, and is part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Operating with more than 248,000 employees globally, Nissan provided customers with more than 4.8 million vehicles in 2011, generating revenue of 9.4 trillion yen ($US118.95 billion). With a strong commitment to developing exciting and innovative products for all, Nissan delivers a comprehensive range of 64 models under the Nissan and Infiniti brands. A pioneer in zero-emission mobility, Nissan made history with the introduction of the Nissan LEAF, the first affordable, mass-market, pure-electric vehicle and winner of numerous international accolades, including the prestigious 2011-2012 Car of the Year Japan and 2011 World Car of the Year awards.

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Re: Know your LEAF model

Postby nshantha » Wed Feb 24, 2016 9:20 pm

B mode has been introduced in 2013 models (X and G as standard option)

So B mode may not be available in S model in current line up also (not available in 2012 and prior models of course):

Below is the B mode

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ZE0 or AZE0 - The Frequently Asked Question

Postby nshantha » Thu Apr 14, 2016 8:35 am

Here is a quickway to find out whether your LEAF is a ZE0 (2011-2012) or AZE0 (2013-2015)

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Original Images from "Used Nissan Leaf Buying Guide" at

Read above article for more information on differences between models etc.

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LED Lights - How to determine

Postby nshantha » Thu Apr 14, 2016 8:42 am

LED headlights are an optional feature except for Japanese G Model and UK TEKNA Model where they come as standard options.

You can see even Japanese S Models with LEAD Head Lights. This is option is available only as a factory option (you might not be able to change Halagon Headlighs in to LEAD Headlights after market).

However you should be able to chage the Halagon Bulb in to LED Bulb as an aftermarket change.

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Understand the 2 Different Generations of LEAFs

Postby nshantha » Fri Apr 22, 2016 3:51 pm

There are two different generations of Nissan Leafs technology wise. The yearly models are just a classification based on manufacture year.


These are the models 2011-2012.


Nissan made improvements to the whole powertrain of the Leaf starting in 2013 model onwards. One major difference made was to move the charger unit which was placed in the boot area to the front and comibing the inverter, charger and the DC/DC converter in to one single unit (thereby increasing the boot space also). The motor also had been improved.

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Differences between JDM S, X and G Varients

Postby nshantha » Sat Jul 02, 2016 11:25 pm

Japanese Domestic Model (JDM) Leaf has 3 variants

1. S
2. X
3. G

Some of the key differences are described below (2013 onwards):

Standard Features
    16" Steel Wheels
    No Navigation Screen Display
    Bluetooth on headunit
    No Multifunction Steering Wheel
    No B mode
    Eco Mode

Optional Features
    LED Headlights
    Reverse Camera
    Fog Lamps

Standard Features
    16" Steel Wheels
    Navigation Screen Display
    Multifunction Steering Wheel (w/Phone buttons)
    Cruise Control
    B mode
    Eco Mode

Optional Features
    LED Headlights (except 80TH Annivesary Model where this is a standard feature)
    Reverse Camera (except 80TH Annivesary Model where this is a standard feature)
    Fog Lamps
    Bose Energy Efficient Sound System
    16" Alloy Wheels

Standard Features
    17" Alloy Wheels
    Navigation Screen Display
    Multifunction Steering Wheel (w/Phone buttons)
    Cruise Control
    B mode
    Eco Mode
    Fog Lamps
    Solar Panel

Optional Features
    Bose Energy Efficient Sound System

In addition, from 2014 onwards a AERO Style Exterior has been introduced for all S,X and G variants.

AERO Style adds:

New Type of 17" Alloy Wheel with bluish garnish
Body Kit
LED Headlights
LED Running Lights
“Nissan LEAF Aero Style is a new model offering a special feel with an enhanced appearance created by the addition of stylish exterior parts. The car has stylish aero form design provided by exclusively designed front bumper with built-in dedicated LED daytime running lights, side sill protector and rear under-protector. Additionally, this model is equipped with dedicated 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with a special blue accent color to offer a unique feel.”

Some Pictures

X/G Model Multifunction Steering Wheel + Navgation Touch Screen Display + Touch Control Climate Control


S Model without Multifunction Steering Wheel + with Touch Screen Head Unit

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S Model without Multifunction Steering Wheel + with NO Touch Screen Head Unit

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S Model AERO Style with Alloy Wheels & LED Headlights

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16" Steel Wheel (with cover) in X and S Models

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17" Alloy Wheel in G Model

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17" Alloy Wheel in AERO Style

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16" Alloy Wheel

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LEAF Factory Fitted Reverse Camera
The Yellow Color Guide Lines bend as you turn the steering to show exactly where your car will end up


If you are selecting a car from an auction directly, you can visually identify whether the car has a factory installed reverse camera by looking at the photograps.

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ECO Mode and B-Mode

Eco Button on Steering Wheel & B-Mode on Shifter in G & X models

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Eco Mode on Shifter in S Mode

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Re: Know your LEAF model

Postby sandunruki » Sun Jul 03, 2016 12:47 am

UK models;
1st generation starts with foot brake,no battery % on dashboard
2nd generation starts with SJNXXXXXXXX......with foot brake

But UK models occupy with 8 or more airbags compared to JDM....
2014/11 X Pearl White
Beige interior
4061Km Battery 12 Bars
1996ToyotaCorollaAE100 191,000Km

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Japanese Model Chassis Numbers

Postby nshantha » Sun Jul 03, 2016 9:34 pm

Based on some data collected during my bidding at auctions, I can roughly deduce the manufacturing years of JDM Leaf as follows:

Note that the auction sheets give you the Year of Registration. I have attempted to deduce roughly the time period the car could have been manufactured based on the data collected for few hundred cars [Japanese factories apply "Just in time manufacturing" and most cars end up being sold/registered within a short period after manufacturing] . There could be slight variations at the borders of ranges.

up to 09xxxx - manufactured in 2013 or before
1xxxxx to 116xxx - manufactured in 2014
117xxx and above - manufactured in 2015

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JDM Model Interior Differences

Postby nshantha » Sun Feb 26, 2017 10:35 pm

From Nissan Japan Website

G/X Model Head Unit with integrated Navigation/Console
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S Model Head Unit (No Console)
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Cruise Control (if available)
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G/X Model Seat Trim
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S Model Seat Trim
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G/X Model Optional Leather Seats
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JDM Model 2017 "thanks edition"

Postby nshantha » Sun Feb 26, 2017 11:00 pm

From Nissan Japan Web site

And in 2016, sales finally achieved 200,000 units. With a gratitude in mind, we prepared special-purpose cars equipped with popular equipment. By all means to Nissan Reef and new everyday on this occasion.

Two "thanks edition" models have been introduced:

X "thanks edition"

with following features as standard:

LED Head lamp (low beam, with auto leveler)
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17 Inch aluminum wheels
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Auto Sensing Light Control
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G "thanks edition"

with following features as standard:

Leather seats
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BOSE® Energy Efficient Series
Utilizing the characteristics of highly quiet EV、BOSE®7 speaker system.
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Door mirror with heater
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Around view monitor (Top view / Side blind / Front view / Back view)
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In addition both these models can be ordered with AERO STYLE Body Kits & Wheels:

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JDM Aero Style Dealer Option

Postby nshantha » Sun Feb 26, 2017 11:10 pm

JDM Aero Style Dealer Option
These can be installed by NISSAN dealers (not factory fitted)

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