Colin-on-Cars – Nissan’s electric crossover launched

It is under consideration for launch in South Africa and it is the Ariya, a full electric crossover SUV from Nissan, launched today in Japan to go on sale from the middle of next year.

With a 100% electric powertrain, the Ariya has autonomous driving technology, concierge-level assistance, seamless connectivity and a spacious, lounge-like interior. With an estimated range of up to 610 kilometres, the Ariya doubles for daily commutes and weekend road trips.

CEO Makoto Uchida and Chief Operating Officer Ashwani Gupta unveiled the Ariya to a global audience during a livestreamed event at the new Nissan Pavilion in Yokohama.

“The Nissan Ariya is a truly beautiful and remarkable car,” Gupta says. “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 car’s all-electric drivetrain combines excellent power delivery, charging capabilities and range.

Customers can choose from multiple configurations to meet their individual needs. These include two-wheel-drive and e-4ORCE all-wheel-drive versions, as well as two different battery sizes.

The e-4ORCE all-wheel control system balances the powerful performance with all-weather capability. The system’s twin electric motors provide a balanced ride, with sports car-level power delivered in the blink of an eye.

It features the ProPILOT 2.0 advanced driver assistance system and the ProPILOT Remote Park and e-Pedal features. Also standard across the Ariya lineup is Nissan’s Safety Shield system. This includes Intelligent Around View Monitor, Intelligent Forward Collision Warning, Intelligent Emergency Braking and Rear Automatic Emergency Braking technology.

The Ariya’s looks represent Nissan’s new design language, ‘Timeless Japanese Futurism’.

“The Ariya enhances driving excitement, ensures high levels of comfort and confidence and heightens the joy of connecting,” Gupta said. “It’s more than just a great EV crossover, it is a great vehicle. It is a true force of wonder, and it is coming soon.”

Japan-market specificationsAriya (2WD)Ariya (AWD)
Battery capacity Estimated, subject to homologation65 kWh (nominal) 63 kWh (usable)90 kWh (nominal) 87 kWh (usable)65 kWh (nominal) 63 kWh (usable)90 kWh (nominal) 87 kWh (usable)
Output160 kW178 kW250 kW290 kW
Torque300 Nm300 Nm560 Nm600 Nm
(0-100 Km)
7.5 sec.7.6 sec.5.4 sec.5.1 sec.
Top speed160 kph160 km/h200 km/h200 kph
Estimated range Based on WLTC Japan cycle; subject to homologationUp to 450 kmUp to 610 kmUp to 430 kmUp to 580 km
Length4,595 mm
Width1,850 mm
Height1,655 mm
Weight (depending on model and equipment)1,900 kg – 2200 kg
Wheelbase2,775 mm
Luggage capacity466 L (2WD) / 408 L (AWD)
Tire size (front and rear)235/55R19 255/45R20 (available as an option)

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