Nissan’s new strategy to get back on track and introduce 10 models in the next 20 months is in full swing. After unveiling the all-new Rogue, it’s time for another SUV to cover up, but this time it doesn’t have a combustion engine. The Ariya traveling on the road follows the homonymous concept that the struggling Japanese brand presented at the end of October 2019 at the Tokyo show.
If you liked the whole new style of the concept, you’re probably going to be a fan of the production version as it looks pretty much the same inside and out. The avant-garde appearance represents a significant break with the otherwise aging design language of the company. Nissan previewed this redesigned look in 2017 with the IMx, and it’s nice to see that the DNA of the show car design is alive and well in an SUV that you can actually buy.
To expand Ariya’s appeal, Nissan plans to sell the zero-emission SUV with front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configurations with single or double electric motors. The single-engine FWD variant will deliver 215 horsepower (160 kilowatts) and 221 pound-feet (300 Newton meters) of torque while the dual-engine AWD configurator will unlock a generous 389 horsepower (290 kilowatts) and 443 pound-feet (600 Newton- meters).
In terms of performance, rear-wheel drive variants will need approximately seven and a half seconds to complete the 0-62 mph (0-100 km / h) before exceeding 99 mph (159 km / h). The fastest of all with all-wheel drive and dual engines will sprint in 5.1 seconds and reach 200 km / h.
Based on Nissan’s estimate, the Ariya will offer up to approximately 300 miles (483 kilometers) of range in the United States. This number will be applicable for the two-wheel drive long-range variant with the 90 kWh battery pack with a useful capacity of 87 kWh. There will also be a smaller 65 kWh battery which you can use 63 kWh.
The additional hardware in the twin-engine AWD version will have an impact on practicality as the cargo volume will drop from 16.5 cubic feet of the Ariya front-wheel drive to 14.6 cubic feet. Available exclusively with a two-row and five-passenger configuration, the electric SUV will be offered with a choice between 19 and 20 inch wheels.
With two 12.3-inch screens and standard wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, the Ariya will also integrate Alexa and offer live update support – a first for a Nissan. He will also present the company’s latest developments in security systems, with the ProPILOT Assist 2.0 offering driving without intervention under certain conditions.
The Nissan Ariya will initially go on sale in Japan from mid-2021 before arriving in the United States later that year with an estimated starting price of $ 40,000.