Nissan Finally Does Something Nearly Interesting With The Ariya
Nissan has revealed the Ariya, an all-electric coupe crossover. The Nissan Ariya will be offered in five core models for the European market, including a 63kWh two-wheel-drive and a 87kWh all-wheel-drive versions. In other words, short-range and long-range variants. The Nissan Ariya 63kWh versions carry a 7.4 kW charger for domestic use, while the 87kWh includes a 22kW 3 phase charger for home charging. The Ariya can also support quick charging up to 130kW. The short-range Ariya can go up to 215 miles on a full charge. The long-range variant has an estimated range of 310 miles (based on WLTP combined cycle, subject to homologation).
The twin electric motor, all-wheel-drive Ariya models will feature Nissan’s all-wheel control technology, e-4ORCE. Unusually for Nissan, the Ariya is a striking looking design, far removed from the usual banal Nissan-isms. The Ariya rides on 19-inch alloys as standard, 20-inch alloys are available as an option or dependent on model grade.
The interior is simple, uncluttered although we do question the quality of the 12.3-inch infotainment which display is complemented with a 12.3-inch driver binnacle. The central screen appears to be very bright, yet colors look washed out, which cheapness. The graphical user-interface heavily borrows from BMW’s design language.
The central dash area is devoid of any physical buttons for the heating controls. We like the way how the touch controls are flush and etched into the surface. Minimalism is the new design language of modern automotive interior design.
The Nissan Aryia is designated as a luxury offering from Nissan, admittedly a luxury Nissan is a difficult concept to digest. Nevertheless, Nissan says the Ariya has a lot of soundproofing to ensure the quietest of rides. It even has 50:50 weight distribution and a suspension setup calibrated for ride comfort.
Much of the driving assist and safety technology is borrowed from the Nissan Leaf. The Ariya has, what Nissan is referring to, zero-gravity seats. We assume this is a marketing buzz-word meant to denote “very comfortable seats”. Pricing and availability are unknown as of yet. Expect to pay between $40,000 to $50,000 USD when the Ariya goes on sale… we really don’t know when.