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 |  Mar 20 2012, 10:31 AM

Now that Nissan has had its Leaf on the market for some time, the Japanese automaker has been able to gather some customer feedback to upgrade its electric vehicle.

Nissan plans on debuting a new, upgraded Leaf at the end of this year, adding leather seats, darker interior option, and a more efficient heating system. While it may not seem like major upgrades, it’s nice to know that automakers still listen to their customers and implement quick changes to their vehicles.

Last year, Nissan sold 9,700 Leafs in the U.S. and currently the Leaf is on track to double that figure this year. And why didn’t the Leaf have a leather option from the get go? Simple, the Japanese automaker thought it’d make more sense going with the whole “green recycled materials” theme. But customers have been telling them otherwise, saying they not only want a leather, but an option for a darker interior shade.

Along with the darker and leather interior options, Nissan has gone and tweaked their heater to make it more efficient. The current Leaf’s range has been known to suffer drastically in cold weather when the heater is on. Mark Perry, director of product and advanced planning for Nissan America, said that the new heater is “much, much more efficient” and should have a 20-25 mile improvement over the current model in cold-weather conditions.

No pricing was announced on the 2013 Nissan Leaf.

[Source: Detroit News]