The Nissan Ariya has been shown to the media at an event in Yokohama. The X-Trail/Rogue-sized electric crossover, the Alliance’s first vehicle for a new EV-specific architecture, also debuts a fresh Nissan logo.
Nissan engineers led the project to develop the platform upon which the Ariya is based, and the company has previously stated that Renault and Mitsubishi will also have vehicles which use it. The Alliance is yet to reveal an official name for this flat-floor matrix which can stretch from small cars to large SUVs. It was first acknowledged when the IMx concept was exhibited at the 2017 Tokyo motor show.
Nissan Motor says the new EV’s maximum range will be 610 km for front-wheel drive variants although Nissan Europe says 500 km (WLTP) North America’s media release states 300 miles. The Ariya concept which had its public premiere at the Tokyo motor show in October 2019 was a preview of the 4,595 mm long production model. Three months later, Nissan showcased the car’s ‘E-4ORCE’ twin-motor, electric all-wheel-drive system at CES.
There will be a choice of 65 kWh or 90 kWh (nominal) battery packs (useble capacities: 63 kWh or 87 kWh). FWD variants have combined motor outputs of 160 kW (65 kWh battery) or 178 kW (90 kWh pack) with torque of 300 Nm in each case. As for all-wheel drive Ariyas, the respective outputs are 250 kW and 560 Nm for the 65 kWh battery, and 290 kW and 600 Nm for cars with the 90 kWh pack. Top speeds are 160 km/h (FWD) or 200 km/h (AWD).
Nissan’s ProPILOT Assist 2.0 driver assistance system will be either standard or optional, depending on the country/model grade. This uses driver attention monitoring to enable hands-off single-lane highway operation. Ariya will also offer e-Pedal, which allows the driver to start, accelerate and decelerate using only the accelerator pedal.
Nissan Safety Shield 360, which bundles six active safety and driver-assist technologies, features too. This includes Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Rear Automatic Braking, Lane Departure Warning, Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and High Beam Assist.
Ariya will also offer Nissan’s Intelligent Around View Monitor and Intelligent Forward Collision Warning, while a human-machine interface lets occupants use natural speech to adjust car settings, and there will be over-the-air firmware updates as well as Amazon’s Alexa.
Japan will be the new model’s first market, sales being due to start there in mid-2021, to be followed by the US, Canada, China and Europe by year-end. Production will be at Nissan’s Tochigi plant.