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Nissan unveiled the all-new Nissan Ariya electric SUV globally. The all-electric vehicles will be offered with two powertrain and drivetrain options when launched in the market. The company claims a maximum driving range of 610 kilometres on a single charge.
The Ariya will be placed above the brand's successful Leaf EV that is currently being sold in the international markets. The company had showcased a concept version of the electric SUV at last year's Tokyo motor show.
The production model carries most of the design elements showcased at the concept stage. The design of the Ariya is based on Nissan's new brand identity with "seamless, elegant and fresh" styling. The electric SUV is built on a new CMF-EV electric architecture that has been jointly developed by the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance.
Moving to the powertrain, Nissan is offering the Ariya with a whole host of options to choose from. Starting with the battery pack, it is available in two capacities 63kWh and 87kWh. Both battery packs can be had with either a rear-wheel drivetrain or an all-wheel drivetrain.
The entry-level 63kWh battery pack mated to (RWD) rear-wheel-drive and (AWD) all-wheel-drive system produces 215bhp/300Nm of torque and 335bhp/560Nm of torque, respectively. The maximum driving range claimed by the company is up to 450kms (RWD) and up to 430kms (AWD) on a single charge.
The acceleration times and top-speed vary as well depending on the drivetrain. The 63kWh battery pack mated to RWD can accelerate from 0 to 100km/h in 7.5 seconds as compared to AWD's 5.4 seconds. The top-speeds for both drivetrains are rated at 160km/h and 200km/h, respectively.
Moving to the top-spec 90kWh battery pack mater to RWD and AWD drivetrains. It produces 238bhp/300Nm of torque and 389bhp/600Nm of torque, respectively. Driving range for the battery pack vary with the drivetrain, the company claims (RWD) to offer up to 610kms and (AWD) of up to 580kms on a single charge.
Performance figures for the top-spec 90kWh battery pack models are as follows: The RWD can accelerate from 0 to 100km/h in 7.6 seconds as compared to AWD's 5.1 seconds. The top-speeds for both drivetrains are electronically limited to 160km/h and 200km/h, respectively.
Speaking about the dimensions of the Ariya electric SUV, it read 4595mm in length, 1850mm in width and 1660mm in height, with a wheelbase of 2775mm. The weight ranges from 1900 kilos to 2,200 kilos, depending on variant.
Ashwani Gupta, COO, Nissan, said, "The Nissan Ariya is a truly beautiful and remarkable car. It enables you to go further, easier and in comfort. The Ariya is designed to impress, and to express what Nissan strives for - making our customers' lives better."
The Nissan Ariya features a new ‘shield' design and has a 3D ‘Kumiko' pattern. It also features a backlit Nissan logo with 20 LEDs. Other features on the exterior of the SUV includes LED headlamps, wraparound split-tail lamps, and turn indicators, a high-mounted rear wing, and a light bar; among others. The Ariya features 19-inch or 20-inch alloy wheels depending on the variant.
On the inside, the cabin design takes a simple and minimalist design approach with touch-sensitive buttons with haptic feedback built into the dashboard surface. It features two 12.3-inch displays one for the touchscreen infotainment and the other for the digital instrument cluster. Nissan claims the instrument screen is one of the largest full-colour head-up displays in the class.
Other features include the ‘Zero Gravity' slim-profile seats, a high level of driver assistance systems, including the brand's latest ProPilot system. It features enhanced active safety features like lane-keeping assistance and adaptive cruise control; among others.
It also comes with AI-assisted voice commands to control the various functions of the electric SUV. Owners can use a Nissan smartphone app to check battery status and set climate controls remotely and more. All these features are enabled through an embedded sim with 4G connectivity which can upgrade over-the-air as well.
Thoughts About The Nissan Ariya Electric SUV
Nissan has decided to increase its presence in the electric vehicles space throughout the world catering to the growing demand for EVs. It also aims to take on some of the competition that is either entering or already established in the EV space such as the VW ID4 and the Tesla Model Y; among others. As for the Ariya, the electric-SUV comes packed with features and simple yet appealing design inside and out.