This beautiful crossover is an evolution of the design language of Nissan, which the company calls "Timeless Japanese Futurism." Although the pictures look similar to the current Nissan Murano, the Ariya Concept, with a total length of 181 inches, is actually a bit shorter than today's rogue. If anything sounds familiar to you, perhaps think of the Tokyo Motor Show's IMx concept ofa show car whose avant-garde design directly led to the vehicle shown here. The fact that the Ariya does not have a name consisting of three letters is worth mentioning: Nissan's IM nomenclature refers to forward thinking concepts – when a concept gets an actual name, it means it's closer to production.
Another indication that this vehicle is standard is realistic-size (21-inch) wheels and side mirrors, as well as a greenhouse profile designed for the actual human.
Despite the lack of a conventional radiator grille (the plastic shield cleverly conceals a number of driver assistance sensors), there is much interest in the surface to hold the eye, including dull copper accents on the wheels and most clearly to sketch the roof shape. Alfonso Albaisa, Nissan's senior vice president of global design, assured Roadshow that this is not just a showcar success. It will be seen as an outlandish sign of the importance of copper as the main material in electric vehicles (as seen in cables, motors, batteries and inverters) in production vehicles.
At least for the moment, Nissan reveals frustratingly little in terms of specifications, but those in charge confirm to Roadshow that their new EV-specific platform will allow for different battery capacities and both single and battery capacities when a production version hits the market Dual-engine versions.
The Ariya is naturally equipped with ProPilot 2.0, the next-generation suite of advanced driver assistance features just available on the Japanese Nissan Skyline market. (Be sure to take a look at our man Tim Stevens.)
Nissan says that lessons from the GT-R sports car's Atessa e-TS The Ariya's torque split system has been applied to the two-wheel drive system with two engines for impressive performance. But without knowing the drive data and even getting behind the wheels, we do not know exactly where to put this car in our heads.
Inspired by the move to offer alternative upholstery fabrics in fabric or leather, the Ariya's cabin features synthetic leathers that play satin-finished copper-colored aluminum trim.
The heart of the SUV cabin is a new 12.3-inch widescreen display, which is operated with a multifunction button and haptic touch controls. It's one of two different super widescreen displays that form the heart of this interior. When the vehicle is not turned on, the interior is starkly minimalist, but press the starter button and not only displays come to life with hidden switchgear, but also the wood grain.
While it's common in Tokyo for concept cars, the car show claims the pie-in-the-sky technology, as the look shows. The Ariya is not a glimpse of a distant future. The same goes for the underlying technology of the car – it seems to be very feasible at the moment, including features like a novel video chat feature and a Tesla-like firmware over the air update. Even car-to-grid technology, where the vehicle can actually return energy to utilities (or is used to turn on the light in an owner's home when the power goes out), is increasing in selected markets around the world implementable globe.
Since the Nissan Leaf has been on the market since 2010, you may be wondering how long it took for the company to offer a crossover for production. Today's second-generation Leaf rides on a platform that is very similar to the original car, and it took considerable investment and time to develop a new scalable EV architecture, including cabling and security systems, to take full advantage of the opportunity.
This new Ariya seems to be the embodiment of all this work. We should see it soon in the showrooms of Nissan – or something very close.