Inside of Concept d’Ariya had a minimalist dashboard with two large display screens (12.3 inches) and haptic touch control buttons. It will come with the latest version of Nissan’s Safety Shield 360 which will allow hands-free driving. The Ariya will launch in Japan in mid-2021 and hit the US market before the end of next year, joining a crowded electric crossover field.
The Ariya will be Nissan’s first fully electric model since the Leaf was introduced 10 years ago, but represents the tip of the iceberg for a new Nissan model, according to COO Ashwani Gupta.
“The Ariya, a key model in Nissan’s plan to roll out 10 new models in 20 months, demonstrates our commitment to meeting customer demand for crossovers with the most advanced electrified, automated and connected technologies,” said Gupta. “The company expects sales of its electric vehicles and electrified E-power models to exceed one million units per year by the end of fiscal 2023. Ariya will play a role important in achieving this goal. “
A new leaf in Nissan’s EV strategy
Following the leaf is a challenge for Ariya, as Nissan has sold nearly 500,000 units worldwide over the past decade. But the real target must be the Tesla Model Y, which was introduced this year, but has yet to take off in sales. Unlike the Ariya, which has the profile of a traditional crossover, the Model Y is more like an enlarged sedan. Nissan said the Ariya’s key attribute will be “sports car power,” which translates to 0-60 mph performance in the 5.1 second range.
Nissan is also promoting technology that will be available in the Ariya, a logical connection to a landmark vehicle like this. Nissan’s next-generation ProPilot Assist 2.0 Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) will be featured, which monitors driver attention to enable interference-free driving on one-lane freeways. The Ariya will also have a one-pedal mode of operation that allows the driver to start, accelerate and decelerate to a stop using only the accelerator pedal.
Some of the ADASs included in Nissan Safety Shield 360 include Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Auto Rear Braking, Lane Departure Warning, Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and high beam assistance. Other technologies on offer will be Nissan’s Intelligent Panoramic Vision Monitor and Intelligent Forward Collision Warning.
Nissan is switching to OTA (over-the-air) Ariya firmware updates to keep its software up to date. It will also include the Amazon Alexa app as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to integrate the operator’s smartphone into the vehicle.
The Ariya represents a new design language for Nissan electric vehicles, which she dubbed Timeless Japanese Futurism. It appears to be a refinement of its existing exterior design patterns. Inside, the flat floor activated by the EV platform and slim-profile Zero Gravity seats make it a more spacious cabin than current gas models.
Nissan Ariya specifications
The Ariya’s specs could change by the time the car arrives in the US next year, but that’s Nissan’s current setup.
- Model Configurations – Standard Front Wheel Drive (FWD) and Long Reach; Standard and long-range all-wheel drive (AWD)
- Passengers – Two rows, five passengers
- Drive options – FWD or AWD
- Platform – New Alliance CMF-EV
- Powertrain – Single (FWD) or Dual (AWD) Electric Motors (externally excited synchronous motors, EESM)
- Battery capacity – 63 kWh / 87 kWh usable (total 65 kWh / 90 kWh)
- Thermal management – Active battery management systems
- Estimated range – Up to approximately 300 miles (Nissan estimate)
- Level 2 load – Up to 7.2 kW
- DC load – CCS standard up to 130 kW
- Power – 160 kW – 290 kW
- Couple – 221 lb-pi (lb-pi) – 443 lb-pi
- Wheelbase – 109.3 inches.
- Overall length – 182.9 inches
- Overall width – 74.8 inches
- Overall height – 65.4 – 65.7 inches (depending on roof rack)
- Volume de chargement – 16,5 pi3 ft. (FWD) / 14,6 cu. ft. (TI)
- Wheel size – 19 or 20 inches
- Tire size – 235/55 $ 19 or 255 / 45R20
Published August 9, 2020 – 5:00 PM UTC