Nissan today unveiled a near-series version of its upcoming electric crossover based on the IMx concept at the Tokyo Motor Show. The new vehicle is called "Ariya," and while Nissan still calls it a "concept," it seems to be just one, as the car is expected to go into production soon.
Today's presentation focused more on the design than specifications, although the crossover is reportedly delivered to the US at the end of 2021 at a "mainstream price" and has a range of 300 miles and a 0-60 time of less than 5 Seconds. It is expected to be similar in size to the Nissan Rogue.
Nissan also announced today that the Ariya will have a dual-engine propulsion configuration and that it will be compatible with its Nissan Energy Vehicle-to-Grid plans.
These specifications would position the Ariya in terms of specifications in the realm of the upcoming Tesla Model Y, although they will be released about a year after Tesla's planned crossover, less physical controls than most of Nissan's stall. The only controls are the start button, a knob for operating the 1
Nissan plans to update the Ariya software with wireless updates to the navigation system, user interface and driving characteristics.
Nissan's ProPILOT 2.0 driver assistant technology will be available for the Ariya. The latest version of this technology "allows carefree driving while driving in a specific lane".
At the same press conference, Nissan introduced its IMk concept, an EV-only EV designed for the small-town car "Kei Car" aesthetically. However, this concept remained unchanged from the previous disclosure. The full (short) press conference can be viewed here:
Nissan was involved in electric vehicles early on, and the Nissan Leaf even launched the Tesla Model S on the market. During this time, the Nissan Leaf has sold more units than any other electric car.
Nissan has stagnated on new models since the original Leaf release. Apart from a few concepts here and there, the only electric vehicle offered by Nissan is the e-NV200, which was delivered in Japan, Hong Kong and Europe but is not available in North America.
So it's great to see Nissan getting closer to producing another electric vehicle for the US market. The Leaf is a great package, especially for the price, and has held up well in its segment, as many directly competing vehicles simply do not seem so reputable or thoughtful.
The design of the Ariya in my opinion, it is quite amazing for a "crossover". Luckily, many of the ridiculous design elements of the IMx concept it is based on are abandoned, creating a design that is aggressive yet familiar. I would honestly put it on appeal against the I-Pace.
We do not know what the final specifications will look like or whether the Ariya will look like in today's revelation, but none of it screams, "This is just a concept car" and instead, everything we know about it seems to be pretty realistic.
If all of this is true, we can not wait for it to hit the road. As far as we know and if they can get a good price, this should be a solid market entry. Of course everything can change before production.
Tell us in the comments below what you think of the Ariya. And enjoy a gallery of high-resolution images of the car here:
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