So far, the Nissan Leaf has been the figurehead of the Japanese when it comes to e-mobility. But the changing of the guard is ready. It is fancier, bigger and more modern. It will also become more expensive.
AutoNissan relies on electromobility and introduces the new Ariya crossover. The battery-electric SUV is expected to be launched in Europe in 2021 and can travel up to 500 kilometers depending on the size of the battery. The modern vehicle is at the same time a pioneer of a new Nissan design language.
The 4,60 meter long vehicle is based on a new platform from the Renault-Nissan group and is located between the Qashqai and X-Trail SUVs. In Europe, the Ariya is offered with five different outputs from 160 kW / 218 PS to 290 kW / 394 PS and with two battery sizes, each of which can be combined with front-wheel or all-wheel drive. The battery with 63 kWh covers around 360 kilometers with front-wheel drive, with all-wheel drive it should be around 340 kilometers. The larger battery is good for a range of up to 500 kilometers, in 4 × 4 operation it is 460 kilometers. The top model with 394 hp can travel up to 400 kilometers with all-wheel drive and the large battery. Unlike the Leaf, the Ariya has the European CCS standard connection and a three-phase charger for charging with up to 22 kW at home or at a public column. DC fast charging is possible with up to 130 kW.
Visually, the Ariya stands out due to the large black radiator grille, which is flanked by elongated LED daytime running lights. Above the grille, the narrow LED headlights also form a visually continuous unit thanks to a connecting clip. The new Nissan brand logo is made with 20 LEDs. The narrow LED rear light extends over the entire width of the vehicle.
Inside, the almost 1,70 meter high five-door with a large tailgate offers generous space and a tidy cockpit without a switch. Instead, there are touch-sensitive surfaces and two 12,3-inch displays. Control is via voice input and Amazon Alexa answers questions. The Pro-Pilot-System assistance system enables semi-autonomous driving, among other things.
Nissan has not yet announced prices. The Ariyain of the base will probably cost around 40.000 euros.