The Nissan Ariya Concept finally made it big debut today. the concept and production model are almost indistinguishable. They each feature a smooth, glossy panel at the front in place of a traditional grille, with a textured panel underneath and accent lighting in the badges and running lights descending the edges of the “grille.”
We can also see slender LED headlights, vertical air intakes and gloss black body cladding.
Nissan has plans to sell the zero-emissions SUV with both two- and all-wheel-drive layouts with single or dual electric motors. The 2WD single-motor variant will offer 215 horsepower (160 kilowatts) and 221 pound-feet (300 Newton-meters) of torque whereas the AWD dual-motor configurator will unlock a generous 389 horsepower (290 kilowatts) and 443 pound-feet (600 Newton-meters).
In terms of performance, the AWD variants will need about seven and a half seconds to complete the 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) run before topping out at 99 mph (159 km/h). The fastest of them all with AWD and dual motors will do the sprint in 5.1 seconds and reach 124 mph (200 km/h).
The Ariya will also come with several electronic driver-assist features, including handy items like automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, and blind spot and rear cross traffic warning. Also fitted to the Ariya is Nissan’s ProPilot 2.0 semi-autonomous driving system, which can handle itself on highways but still requires the driver’s attention for road changes or choosing when to pass slower moving vehicles.
The Ariya rides on Renault Nissan Mitsubishi Alliance’s CMF-EV platform for electric cars and features Nissan’s new e-4ORCE dual-motor all-wheel-drive system. The system, which works by managing the power delivery and braking individual wheels, is designed to enable a vehicle to follow its driver’s intended line on a variety of surfaces, including ice and snow, without the driver having to change his or her driving style or input.
Featuring dual 12.3-inch displays and standard wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, the Ariya will also integrate Alexa and offer support for over-the-air updates.
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.