Nissan’s new strategy to get back on track and introduce 10 models in the next 20 months is in full swing. After unveiling the all-new Rogue, the time has come for another SUV to break cover, only this time it doesn’t have a combustion engine. The road-going Ariya follows the namesake concept the struggling Japanese marque introduced at the end of October 2019 during the Tokyo Motor Show.
If you liked the concept’s all-new styling, you are likely going to be a fan of the production version since it looks pretty much the same inside and out. The avant-garde appearance represents a significant departure from the company’s otherwise aging design language. Nissan previewed this revamped look back in 2017 with the IMx, and it’s nice to see the design DNA of the showcar is alive and well in an SUV you’ll actually be able to buy.
To broaden the Ariya’s appeal, 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).
Gallery: 2022 Nissan Ariya
Based on the estimation made by Nissan, the Ariya will offer up to approximately 300 miles (483 kilometers) of range in the United States. That number will be applicable for the long-range two-wheel-drive variant with the 90-kWh battery pack that has a usable capacity of 87 kWh. There’s also going to be a smaller 65-kWh battery of which you’ll be able to use 63 kWh.
The added hardware of the dual-motor AWD version will have an impact on practicality as the cargo volume will decrease from the 16.5 cubic feet of the 2WD Ariya to 14.6 cubic feet. Available exclusively with a two-row, five-passenger layout, the electric SUV will come with a choice between 19- and 20-inch wheels.
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 – a first for a Nissan. It will also feature the company’s latest developments regarding safety systems, with the ProPILOT Assist 2.0 offering hands-off driving under certain conditions.
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.
Nissan’s product transformation continues with Ariya, a 100 percent electric crossover for a new era
The next step of Nissan’s transformation is here with an all-new EV that delivers driving excitement, confidence, comfort and connectivity; set to go on sale in U.S. in 2021 with a $40,000 starting price
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Nissan today 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) while enjoying greater driving excitement, confidence, comfort, and connectivity.
Its debut marks a key milestone in the Nissan NEXT transformation initiative, a four-year plan building on Nissan's reputation for innovation, craftsmanship, customer-focus and quality, alongside an ongoing cultural transformation. As the company's first all-electric crossover SUV, the Ariya embodies the company's vision to enrich people's lives.
Representing the pinnacle of Nissan's technologies and design, the 100% electric Nissan Ariya debuted during a digital event in Yokohama. Ariya promises powerful acceleration and smooth, quiet operation and advanced driver assistance and connectivity technology– wrapped in a sophisticated yet simple exterior design with a spacious, lounge-like interior.
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," Gupta said. "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."
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 U.S. and Canada later in the year. U.S. pricing will start around $40,000.
Powerful performance for a wide range of needs
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. Building on Nissan's strength as an EV pioneer, the Ariya takes the powerful performance and capabilities of zero-emission vehicles to the heart of the electric vehicle market.
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. The e-4ORCE all-wheel control system balances the powerful performance with a smooth, comfortable ride and all-weather capability. The system's twin electric motors provide balanced, assured handling with sports car-level power.
Advanced design and technology for stress-free driving
Ariya is also the most advanced embodiment of Nissan Intelligent Mobility in a car to date.
Drivers will feel more confident and less stressed thanks to the available, next-generation ProPILOT Assist 2.0 advanced driver assistance system that 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.
Spacious, flat-floor cabin
The Ariya's striking looks represent Nissan's new design language, Timeless Japanese Futurism. It is characterized by a distinctive Japanese approach, conveyed in a simple yet powerfully modern way.
Nissan's designers took advantage of the car's new EV platform, which allows for a flat floor, and its compact climate control components to give the Ariya a very spacious cabin. The lounge-like interior, featuring thin profile Zero Gravity seats, provides a welcoming and comfortable environment for driver and passengers alike.
"Nissan was a pioneer in the world of mass-market electric vehicles a decade ago with LEAF, setting the standard for affordable, mass-market electric vehicles. We expect nothing less for the new Nissan Ariya," said Gupta. "While the driving exhilaration of its acceleration and torque levels is undeniable, the Ariya offers balanced, customer-centric technology that is perfect for everyday use."
To watch the world premiere and learn more about the all-new Nissan Ariya, visit TheNissanNext.com.
NOTE: All specifications are as of July 2020 and are subject to homologation. Model names, features and specifications may vary by market. Subject to final validation.
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Nissan Ariya Key Specifications
Front-wheel drive or e-4ORCE all-wheel drive
Newly developed Alliance CMF-EV
Single (FWD) / dual (e-4ORCE AWD) electric motor, Externally Excited Synchronous Motor (EESM)
63 kWh / 87 kWh usable (total 65 kWh / 90 kWh)
Active battery management system
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
160 kW – 290 kW
221 lb-ft – 443 lb-ft
65.4 in. – 65.7 (depending on roof rack)
16.5 cu ft (FWD)
19-inch or 20-inch
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
Ariya standard and long range (FWD)
Ariya standard range e-4ORCE and long range e-4ORCE (AWD)
* NOTE: All specifications are as of July 2020 and are subject to homologation. Model names, features and specifications may vary by market. Subject to final validation.