Nissan's first electric SUV, the Nissan Ariya offers a high-tech interior with advanced driving assists. The launch of the new model is set for the second half of 2021.
Arguably among the most important vehicles of Nissan, the Ariya has been finally unveiled on an online event on Wednesday. Being the first all-electric SUV of the company, the Nissan Ariya is said to lead the path for future EV products from the house of Nissan as well as showcase the production strategy that the automaker has committed itself to be in times to come.
Nissan's first electric SUV, the Ariya had its global debut through an online event on Wednesday.
As for the appearance, the production-spec Nissan Ariya bears a striking similarity to the outgoing Ariya concept showcased at the Tokyo Motor Show last year. The all-new electric SUV gets a bold and futuristic look. The noticeable feature on the front of the Ariya is the “grille” design. As you may know, electric cars don’t require much incoming air as IC-engined vehicles, so the front grille of the Ariya is simply a design feature.
The Ariya’s front grille gets quite a subtle design with a sunken area that’s supposed to take inspirations from the traditional Japanese Kumiko patterns. The car also comes with sharp-looking headlamps, wide air dam and fog lamps, full-LED tail lamps in single-piece setup. The Nissan Ariya gets standard 19-inch alloy wheels that look aggressive while the 20-inchers are available as an optional fitment.
The all-new Nissan Ariya will have very few buttons and switches on the inside.
The all-new Nissan Ariya is bigger and roomier than the Leaf and it makes sense for an SUV. The Ariya offers plenty of comfort goodies on its lounge-like interior, including a conjoined 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and Alexa supports. There’s also a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, first-ever OTA updates along with ProPILOT Assist 2.0 featuring autonomous driving capability.
Nissan's ProPilot Assist 2.0 system can enable drivers to take his hands off the steering wheel on the highways in certain countries.
As far as performance is concerned, the all-new Ariya derives the power from either a 65 kWh battery pack (for the entry-level version) in the interest of affordability or 90 kWh battery pack option. The latter can deliver a driving range of up to 300 miles (over 480 km) on a single full charge. Nissan’s electric SUV will be offered with two drivetrain configurations – namely a single-motor FWD and a dual-motor AWD version.
The Ariya will be available with six two-tone colour options with a contrasting black roof as well as three full-body paint jobs.
The front-wheel-drive is rated at 217 PS of power and 300 Nm of torque while the all-wheel-drive can return 392 PS against 600 Nm of torque. With these figures, the performance of the Nissan Ariya is quite impressive. The FWD car can rush from 0 – 100 kmph in around 7.5 seconds before hitting the top speed of 160 kmph. The AWD model, on the other hand, takes just around 5.1 seconds to do the same and reach the top speed of 200 kmph.
The price details of the Nissan Ariya are still under the wraps but sources suggested that it could be priced at around $40,000 (approx. Rs 30 Lakh). The all-new electric SUV will be launched in Japan by the end of 2021, followed by the US and European launch.