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Nissan unveils electric crossover Ariya; on sale in US in 2021 starting at $40,000

Nissan introduced the all-new Nissan Ariya, an electric crossover SUV that lets customers travel up to approximately 300 miles per charge (preliminary Nissan estimate for long-range 2WD model).

Nissan Ariya front quarter_1-source

CEO Makoto Uchida and Chief Operating Officer Ashwani Gupta unveiled the Ariya to a global audience during a livestreamed event at the new Nissan Pavilion in Yokohama, Japan.

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. The company expects sales of its EVs and e-POWER electrified models to be more than 1 million units a year by the end of fiscal 2023. The Ariya will play a significant role in attaining that goal.

—Ashwani Gupta

Nissan Ariya Key Specifications

Passenger configuration

2-row, 5-passenger

Drive configuration

Front-wheel drive or e-4ORCE all-wheel drive

Platform

Newly developed Alliance CMF-EV

Powertrain

Single (FWD) / dual (e-4ORCE AWD) electric motor, Externally Excited Synchronous Motor (EESM)

Battery capacity

63 kWh / 87 kWh usable (total 65 kWh / 90 kWh)

Thermal management

Active battery management system

Estimated range

Up to approximately 300 miles (preliminary Nissan estimate)

Level 2 charging

Up to 7.2 kW

DC charging type

CCS standard up to 130 kW

Output

160 kW – 290 kW

Torque

221 lb-ft – 443 lb-ft

Wheelbase

109.3 in.

Overall length

182.9 in.

Overall width

74.8 in.

Overall height

65.4 in. – 65.7 (depending on roof rack)

Cargo volume

16.5 cu ft (FWD)
14.6 (e-4ORCE)

Wheel size

19-inch or 20-inch

Tire size

235/55R19 or 255/45R20

Available interior features

Lounge-like space created by flat, open floor and slim-profile Zero Gravity seats; large, minimalist instrument panel with integrated capacitive haptic switches; innovative center storage box with fold-out tray, adjustable center console

Available Advanced Driver Assist (ADAS) Technology

ProPILOT Assist 2.0 featuring hands-off highway operation with Driver Monitoring System

Available safety technology

Nissan Safety Shield® 360 with Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Warning, High Beam Assist and Rear Automatic Braking

Model configurations

Ariya standard and long range (FWD)
Ariya standard range e-4ORCE and long range e-4ORCE (AWD)

Nissan also aims to introduce advanced driver assistance technologies in more than 20 models in 20 markets, and to have sold more than 1.5 million vehicles equipped with these systems in that same period.

The all-new Nissan Ariya is scheduled to go on sale in Japan in mid-2021, followed by the US and Canada later in the year. US pricing will start around $40,000.

The car’s all-electric drivetrain combines excellent power delivery, charging capabilities and range. Customers can choose from multiple configurations to meet their individual needs. These include two-wheel-drive and new “e-4ORCE” all-wheel drive versions, as well as two different battery sizes.

Ariya is also the most advanced embodiment of Nissan Intelligent Mobility in a car to date. The available, next-generation ProPILOT Assist 2.0 advanced driver assistance system 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.

Standard across the Ariya lineup is Nissan Safety Shield 360, a suite of six advanced active safety and driver-assist technologies. 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 feature Nissan’s Intelligent Around View Monitor, Intelligent Forward Collision Warning and other technologies aimed at making the drive easier and more enjoyable.

A human-machine interface lets customers use natural speech to adjust car settings. Over-the-air firmware updates keep the Ariya feeling fresh and exciting. The Ariya also includes Amazon's Alexa to help customers simplify and organize their lives.

Ariya will also feature wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto standard to help drivers seamlessly integrate their smartphone into their vehicle experience.

Nissan was the first automaker to introduce a mass market electric vehicle with the Nissan LEAF in 2010, which has resulted in nearly 500,000 sales to date.

Comments

electric-car-insider.com

Congratulations, Nissan. The Ariya confirms that manufacturers other than Tesla can provide consumers with zero emission transportation that effortlessly replaces the gasoline driving experience at a competitive price. Bravo.

If Nissan can do it, Toyota can do it. The Prius lost its luster long ago and hydrogen infrastructure is a mirage that ever recedes into the distance, despite forward progress. It’s fascinating to see how much of their technology lead they will cede to competitors as they try to time the battery market. It’s time Toyota, it’s time.

In the meantime, Nissan once again has their day in the sun.

SJC

Seems expensive for a Nissan, they should have done Infiniti.

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