Nissan has finally pulled the wraps off the production version of the Nissan Ariya. This electric (EV) crossover SUV is part of the Nissan NEXT–which is the Japanese automaker’s long-term plan to revitalize its line-up.
First shown as a concept at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show, the production Nissan Ariya remains faithful to the concept’s stunning design. Nissan says that the Ariya represents the next-generation of Nissan’s corporate design language called Timeless Japanese Futurism. The design is characterized by thin LED headlamps constructed with four 20-millimeter mini-projectors. The LED headlamps also feature sequential LED turn signals. These new design details aim to reinvent Nissan’s signature V-motion front-end design. At the back, the Ariya is characterized by a steeply raked roofline that flows neatly into the rear deck. The rear fascia also features a one-piece LED light bar which also houses the new Nissan typeface. The LED bar has a blackout effect when parked and a consistent red illumination when in use.
Nissan used the Ariya as an opportunity to debut its new logo design and brand image. Nissan’s new logo symbolizes the Japanese automaker’s dedication to constantly innovate and move forward from its past. The new logo–according to Nissan, “looks to the future while staying proudly connected to the company’s rich heritage and tradition of innovation.”
The production Nissan Ariya utilizes the same futuristic “lounge-like” interior of the concept that previewed it. Because the all-new Ariya rides on a dedicated EV platform, the interior is spacious and free from any obtrusive center tunnel. This is also thanks to the compact size of the EV powertrain. The dashboard features a minimalist design, featuring capacitive touchpoints and two 12.3-inch LCD displays housed in a single piece of glass. Occupants can say “Hello Nissan” or “Hey Nissan” to summon the Ariya’s intelligent voice assistant. Apart from the expected Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, the Nissan Ariya’s infotainment system also features Amazon Alexa capability. This lets owners perform vehicle-to-home functions, including turning on interior home lighting or opening the garage door.
“Nissan’s intelligent personal assistance technology is an expression of omotenashi – the Japanese custom of respecting the customer to the highest degree,” Fukuda said.” It provides a seamless experience, both off- and on-board. The Ariya supports your lifestyle whether from home or on the go.”
The Nissan Ariya is also the first Nissan vehicle to feature over-the-air updates (OTA) called Remote Software Upgrade. Just like a smartphone gains new features through new software, Remote Software Upgrade lets Nissan Ariya gain a host of new features throughout the vehicle’s life span.
The Nissan Ariya is available in two battery sizes (65 kWh and 90 kWh) and two drivetrain configurations (2WD and AWD). The range kicks off with the Ariya 2WD 65 kWh, which produces 215 hp and 300 Nm of torque. Zero to 100 kph is achieved in 7.5 seconds and it has a range of 450 kilometers. Up next is the Ariya 2WD 90 kWh, which produces 239 kW and 300 Nm of torque. This model is slightly slower to 100 kph by 0.1 seconds, but this variant has the longest range at 610 kilometers.
Moving on to the AWD variants, the Ariya AWD 65 kWh produces 335 hp and 560 Nm of torque. This variant has a zero to 100 kph time of just 5.4 seconds along with the shortest range in the group at 430 kilometers. Lastly, the range-topping Ariya AWD 90 kWh produces 389 hp and 600 Nm of torque. Zero to 100 kph is achieved in just 5.1 seconds and has a range of up to 580 kilometers.
The Nissan Ariya will also be one of the first global Nissan vehicles to feature Nissan’s next-generation ProPilot 2.0 autonomous driving tech. Kicking off with the first-generation ProPilot’s capabilities, ProPilot 2.0 will finally enable completely hands-free driving and feet-off driving. This comes on top of the usual automatic emergency braking, blind spot warning, rear cross traffic alert, among other advanced driver-assist features.
The Nissan Ariys will first go on sale in Japan by mid-2021 while a global rollout should follow shortly.