Nissan is expanding its line of electric vehicles with the 2021 Ariya concept, just recently revealed at the Tokyo auto show– and it could go on sale in the U.S. as quickly as next year. The new SUV– which eventually may get a different name in production– will join the Leaf hatchback, which boasts up to 226 miles of driving range. Nissan hasn’t released all of the information on the Ariya, but the design of the compact crossover is a shift from the present sharp, angular lines seen on a lot of Nissan’s vehicles. The low, wide stance of the Ariya separates it from the Rogue and provides it a sportier look. The Ariya ought to build on what Nissan has developed in the Leaf. If Nissan provides on the technology it has explained, the Ariya will be a moving electric vehicle that must deserve the wait.
What’s New for 2021?
The Ariya is an all-new vehicle for Nissan. It features Nissan’s new semi-autonomous driving system, ProPilot 2.0, which just recently made its debut in the Japanese-market Nissan Skyline sedan. The Ariya will be powered by a double front/rear motor drive setup and could deliver up to 300 miles of driving range.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
- S: $40,000 (est.)
- SV: $42,000 (est.)
- SL: $45,000 (est.)
Nissan hasn’t released pricing, but search for it to start around $40,000, putting it above the Leaf and another cost-effective EVs. The Leaf has three various trims, and while it’s hard to say what the Ariya will use, it’s reasonable to anticipate it to follow a similar product plan.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
The drivetrain on the Ariya will be just one of the major points differentiating it from the Leaf. Rather of a basic, front-wheel-drive arrangement, the Ariya will pull from features established in other cars, consisting of the GT-R sports car’s torque-split system, and all-wheel drive will be provided by a dual front/rear electrical motor configuration. We approximate that the Ariya will go from absolutely no to 60 miles per hour in less than 5.0 seconds, a task that is similar to higher-end electric vehicles.
Range, Charging, and Battery Life
The Ariya could provide 300 miles of driving range per charge, and if that ends up being real, it would be quite the action up from the Leaf’s optimal range of 226 miles. Likewise, sized vehicles include Jaguar’s I-Pace and Audi’s E-Tron, which have 234 and 204 miles of range, respectively.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
The Ariya’s interior looks futuristic and very little. Nissan appears to have given up every button possible in pursuit of a smooth control panel that favors a smooth look that matches the design of the exterior. For all the information that Nissan has held back in the statement of the Ariya, it has given us the car’s dimensions. It’s four inches much shorter in length and height in contrast with the Rogue but is more than three inches broader. The Rogue performed admirably in our carry-on baggage test and held 22 carry-ons with the rear seats folded, but we anticipate the somewhat much shorter Ariya will provide less cargo space.
Infotainment and Connectivity
Nissan likewise divulged the information of the infotainment and connectivity systems, and from what was explained, it’s pretty exciting. The SUV will feature what Nissan calls Door-to-Door Navigation, which allows drivers to set a destination on their phone, which then immediately transfers the directions to the Ariya’s infotainment display. The Ariya can sync with the schedule of the driver, so it can pre-heat or pre-cool the interior while it’s parked and charging, and therefore not drawing on the power from the battery. Motorists will also have the ability to utilize their phone to park the Ariya automatically from a neighboring area utilizing ProPilot’s Remote Park, a system similar to Tesla’s Smart Summon feature.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has performed crash tests on the Ariya. Still, Nissan is bundling in lots of driver-assistance features. The Ariya will feature ProPilot 2.0, Nissan’s second generation of the ProPilot semi-autonomous technology. The system enables drivers to remove their hands from the wheel in particular driving circumstances. However, C/D personnel hasn’t tested the setup. We liked the original ProPilot system when we utilized it in 2017– and if that’s any indicator of how the ProPilot 2.0 will carry out, our expectations are high.
Service Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
We anticipate the Ariya will feature the same basic warranty plan as the Leaf when it goes on sale. That guarantee needs to consist of a three-year/36,000- mile bumper-to-bumper policy in addition to battery defense that extends to eight years or 100,000 miles.