The Nissan Sakura EV costs less than $14,000 in Japan.

2023 Nissan Sakura – Overview

Nissan has presented the Sakura, a small electric kei car for Japan based on the IMk concept car from 2019.

Here are the major highlights:

  • The Sakura, a new electric Nissan that fits into the kei-car category and is named after the Japanese cherry blossom, is now available in Japan.
  • On Japan’s test cycle, the Sakura’s electric motor produces 63 horsepower and 144 pound-feet of torque, while the 20.0-kWh battery provides 112 miles of range.
  • When it goes on sale in Japan this summer, the Sakura will cost slightly under $14,000.
2023 Nissan Sakura
2023 Nissan Sakura

The Sakura, named after the Japanese cherry blossom, is only 133.7 inches long, barely fitting into the kei-car standards that control the tiniest class of vehicles created for Japan’s congested city roadways.

Unfortunately, the Sakura’s small size means the EV will never be sold in the United States, but we may enjoy it from afar.

A single electric motor provides 63 horsepower and 144 pound-feet of torque to the Sakura.

However, because the car weighs 2359 pounds, don’t expect blistering acceleration; Nissan claims a top speed of just over 80 mph.

2023 Nissan Sakura
2023 Nissan Sakura

“Quick and steady acceleration makes merging on highways effortless,” Nissan claims.

According to the Japanese test cycle, a 20.0-kWh battery delivers a 112-mile range and can be used as a power source, with Nissan stating it can run home for a day.

The Nissan Sakura has a 15.7-foot turning radius with Nissan’s ProPilot driver-assistance system and automated parking system.

2023 Nissan Sakura
2023 Nissan Sakura

There’s also a one-pedal driving mode to help navigate city streets easier, a 9.0-inch infotainment screen, and a 7.0-inch digital gauge display.

In addition, there are 15 color variations for the Sakura, including four two-tone variants.

This summer, the Sakura will be available in Japan, with prices starting at slightly under $14,000.

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