2020 Nissan Ariya electric SUV revealed
The new Nissan Ariya electric SUV features bold styling, a claimed range of up to 500 km, and a performance version of 394hp – and Nissan says it will “mark a new age for electric vehicles” by integrating high tech standards with “exciting” handling.
This is an important new all-electric SUV that is set to go on sale next year in foreign markets as a competitor to the Tesla Model Y and Volkswagen ID 4, which will sit above the popular Leaf in the EV line-up of the Japanese company.
The 2020 NIssan Ariya retains the bold style of the design unveiled at the Tokyo motor show last year and highlights Nissan ‘s current brand image with a “seamless, sleek and modern” style. It’s the first model developed on the latest CMF-EV electric architecture of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance.
2020 Nissan Ariya will be sold with both rear-wheel-drive single-engine and four-wheel-drive twin-engine powertrains and an option of 63kWh and 87kWh batteries. The 63kWh single-engine model can produce 218hp and a range of 360 km, while the 87kWh car makes 242hp and has a range of 500 km. All models of the rear-wheel-drive will generate 300Nm, allowing a 0-100kph time of about 7.5sec and a top speed of 160kph.
The twin-motor powertrain uses Nissan ‘s latest four-wheel-drive e-4orce system which the company calls the system’s “spiritual offspring” used in the GT-R supercar. A regenerative rear-motor braking mechanism is used to reduce the pitch of the vehicle and to smooth the journey.
The 2020 Nissan Ariya e-4orce 63kWh will produce 279hp and 560Nm and will have a 340 km range. The regular 87kWh version can produce 306hp, 600Nm of torque, and a range of 459 km.
A range-topping e-4orce output model will use the 87kWh battery which will produce 394hp and 600Nm and have a range of 400 km. This will reach 0-100kph in a claimed 5.1sec and will have a top speed of 200kph, like the other e-4orce versions.
Nissan also fitted the Ariya with Normal, Sport, and Eco driving modes, adding a Snow mode to e-4orce models. Nissan says that the underfloor battery has been mounted to ensure a front-rear weight distribution of 50:50, with flat aerodynamics under the body to improve stability. This also uses the e-Pedal regeneration system of the Leaf which allows one-pedal driving.
The 2020 Nissan Ariya, with a wheelbase of 2,775 mm, is 4,595 mm long, 1,850 mm wide, and 1,660 mm tall. It makes VW ‘s new ID 4 hybrid SUV almost the same size as that. The weight of the 2020 Nissan Ariya varies between 1.8 and 2.3 tonnes, depending on the model.
The front of the car has a new shield style and underneath a smooth surface has a 3D ‘Kumiko’ pattern. The Nissan logo will be backlit with 20 LEDs in markets that require it. The side profile has a low-slung roofline coupé with a single horizon line connecting the front and rear of the vehicle.The rear end has a distinctive C-pillar configuration, a high-mounted rear wing, and a one-piece light bar. The 2020 Nissan Ariya runs on 19-inch or 20-inch wheels and has multi-link rear suspension.
The minimalist interior is equally bold, with the capacitive, haptic-feedback switches integrated into the dashboard surface replacing nearly all physical buttons. Under the main instrument panel, there is a fold-out storage box in the middle. There are also slim-profile seats with ‘Zero Gravity,’ a 12.3-inch central touchscreen, a 12.3-inch digital driver monitor, and what Nissan claims is one of the largest full-color head-up displays in the world.
A high level of driver assistance features, including an upgraded version of the Leaf’s ProPilot system, including lane-keeping assistance and adaptive cruise control will also be provided to the Ariya. Nissan ‘s active protection shield systems are standard.
The electric SUV also has a new voice control system, and owners can use a Nissan smartphone app to remotely monitor battery status and adjust the climate controls. Connectivity built-in to 4 G also allows over-the-air updates.
Nissan has not made any comment about his intentions to launch the electric SUV on our market, while in India he is trying to reinvent himself. The carmaker is planning to do so with the introduction of new products such as the forthcoming compact Nissan Magnite SUV, which will be announced on July 16 and is scheduled to arrive in January 2021. Nissan is also considering the Patrol SUV as a brand-builder for our market.
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