Nissan competed at the Tokyo Motor Show 2019 and campaigned for his position in electric vehicles and autonomy. To underpin that, the automaker introduced its Ariya concept – a brisk crossover design that alludes to a mid-size Nissan EV crossover we can expect in the near future. It is also an indication of Nissan's future design direction and advances in the technology world, particularly with respect to Nissan Intelligent Mobility, the broad enterprise group that covers everything from connectivity to autonomous systems.
If this concept looks a bit familiar, it's an extension of Nissan's IMx concept from the Tokyo Motor Show 2017. Wide front fenders and thin LED lights on the front are provided by the recognizable Nissan V-Motion grille and a lit Nissan emblem added. Wide fenders are filled with 21-inch wheels, and at the rear there is a single rotating taillight directly under the windscreen. The look certainly radiates a conceptual appeal, but seeing it in production is no problem.
The same applies to the minimalist interior, which is handcrafted to give a spacious feel reminiscent of a lounge. The design is described as clean and yet high quality. All controls are integrated in touchscreens. Of course, it's packed with technology, including the Nissan ProPilot 2.0 autonomous system that supports hand-driving. Since the interior of the Ariya is electric, it has a flat floor on which five adults can drive.
The Ariya uses two electric motors – one for each axle – and, according to Nissan, sprays high performance and different driving modes for different driving environments and weather conditions.
"Nissan has a clear vision of global mobility, and the Ariya concept is just the beginning, as Nissan is considering how design, packaging and driving pleasure can change the architecture of new EV platforms," said Yasuhiro Yamauchi, Deputy General Manager Nissan. "The Ariya Concept is not a concept car designed from afar, but a car that embodies Nissan Intelligent Mobility at its core, highlighting the promise of a whole new driving experience on the horizon."