Currently reading: Bold new Nissan Ariya is pivotal electric SUV with 310-mile range
Nissan's second EV arrives next year in five available trim variants with up to 389bhp and ‘exciting’ handling
James Attwood, digital editor
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15 July 2020

The new Nissan Ariya electric SUV features bold styling, a range of up to 310 miles and a 389bhp performance variant – and Nissan claims it will “mark a new era for electric vehicles” by combining high levels of tech with “exciting” handling.

The crucial new model is set to go on sale next year as a rival to the Tesla Model Y and Volkswagen ID 4 and will sit above the successful Leaf in the Japanese firm’s EV line-up.

The Ariya retains the bold styling of the concept unveiled at last year’s Tokyo motor show and showcases Nissan’s new brand identity with “seamless, elegant and fresh” styling. It’s the first model built on the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance’s new CMF-EV electric architecture, with Nissan operating chief Ashwani Gupta saying it represents the start of “a new chapter for Nissan”. He said the firm has “strived to amplify the fun-to-drive aspect of electric mobility,” adding: “It’s not just a great EV crossover, but also a great vehicle – a true force of wonder that will take us into the future.”

The Ariya will be sold in five versions in the UK, with single-motor front-wheel-drive and twin-motor four-wheel-drive powertrains and a choice of 63kWh and 87kWh batteries.

The 63kWh single-motor model will offer 215bhp and a range of 223 miles, while it’s 239bhp and a 310-mile range for the 87kWh car. Both front-drive versions will produce 221lb ft, enabling a 0-62mph time of around 7.5sec and a top speed of 99mph.

The twin-motor powertrain uses Nissan’s new e-4orce four-wheel drive system, which the firm calls the “spiritual offspring” of the system used in the GT-R supercar. It employs a regenerative rear-motor braking system to minimise vehicle pitch and smooth the ride.

The 63kWh Ariya e-4orce will produce 275bhp and 413lb ft and have a range of 211 miles. The standard 87kWh version will offer 302bhp, 442lb ft and a 285-mile range.

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A range-topping e-4orce Performance model will use the 87kWh battery but produce 389bhp and 442lb ft and have a 248-mile range. It will cover 0-62mph in a claimed 5.1sec and, like both other e-4orce models, have a top speed of 124mph.

The Ariya gets Standard, Sport and Eco driving modes, with e-4orce variants adding a Snow mode. Nissan claims the underfloor battery has been positioned to ensure 50:50 front/rear weight distribution, with flat underbody aerodynamics to boost stability. It also uses the Leaf’s e-Pedal regeneration system, allowing one-pedal driving.

Makoto Fukuda, the Ariya’s development chief, said the focus wasn’t just on achieving rapid acceleration but also on providing “maximum, usable performance in a wide range of driving conditions”.

The Ariya is 4595mm long, 1850mm wide and 1660mm tall, with a 2775mm wheelbase. That makes it virtually the same size as VW’s forthcoming ID 4 electric SUV. The Ariya’s weight ranges from 1.8 to 2.3 tonnes, depending on spec.

The front of the car features a new ‘shield’ design and has a 3D ‘kumiko’ pattern under a smooth surface. In markets that allow it, the Nissan logo will be backlit with 20 LEDs. The side profile has a low-slung coupé roofline, with a single, horizon line linking the front and rear of the car. The back end has a distinctive C-pillar design, a high-mounted rear wing and a one-piece light bar. The Ariya rides on 19in or 20in wheels and has multi-link rear suspension.

The minimalist interior is similarly bold, with virtually all physical buttons replaced by capacitive, haptic-feedback switches built into the dashboard surface. A fold-out centre storage box is sited under the main instrument panel. There are also ‘Zero Gravity’ slim-profile seats, a 12.3in central touchscreen, a 12.3in digital driver display and what Nissan says is one of the largest full-colour head-up displays in the class.

The Ariya will also be offered with a high level of driver assistance systems, including an enhanced version of the Leaf’s ProPilot system, with lane-keeping assistance and adaptive cruise control. Nissan’s Safety Shield active safety systems are standard.

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The Ariya has a new voice control system and owners can use a Nissan smartphone app to check battery status and set climate controls remotely. Built-in 4G connectivity allows over-the-air updates, too.

The 63kWh cars will get a 7.4kW home charger, with 87kWh cars featuring a 22kW three-phase charger. There’s also a 130kW rapid-charger.

The Ariya is expected to go on sale in the UK early next year. Trim levels and pricing are yet to be finalised.

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15 July 2020

 No, I don't like the look, especially the front.

15 July 2020

Strange when new shapes appear there are always doubters ,dont like this dont like that we and  I am among them like to say what we all think, Here is a good case of mmmm not sure .Well Nissan good on you for leading us down a new look in car design road .The interior is again a fine example of mimilist which to these eyes has for more design led feautures than those dam awful Tesla interiors which look like someone went down to Currys and bought the cheapest laptop and glued it to what they seem to think is good interior desgn . I,m waiting !!!!

15 July 2020
I don't mind it's looks - quite distinctive - but is it really 1.8 - 2 tonnes? Is this really the best they can do? Smaller, lighter cars with smaller battery packs must be a better option surely.

15 July 2020

Looks a bit dumpy especially as it's 4.6 metres long, the colour does it no favours and you'd need a Mazda 3 driver to help you reverse it judging by that rear window.

Biggest problem I have is being a totally new developed car with a similiar battery capacity to the one in I-Pace they only quote 285 miles.  Helps explain why the Tesla share price is going balistic

15 July 2020

but do care about another new EV car, dont understand why its taking everyone sooo long, Kudos to Musk, who still has a march on everyone.  My next car will be electric but the deciding factor will be how quickly I can charge my car "up North" for the drive back down south... and Teslas 150Kw superchargers are a USP most business drivers will not be able to ignore... me included, even with the iffy build quality..

15 July 2020

but do care about another new EV car, dont understand why its taking everyone sooo long, Kudos to Musk, who still has a march on everyone.  My next car will be electric but the deciding factor will be how quickly I can charge my car "up North" for the drive back down south... and Teslas 150Kw superchargers are a USP most business drivers will not be able to ignore... me included, even with the iffy build quality..

15 July 2020

but do care about another new EV car, dont understand why its taking everyone sooo long, Kudos to Musk, who still has a march on everyone.  My next car will be electric but the deciding factor will be how quickly I can charge my car "up North" for the drive back down south... and Teslas 150Kw superchargers are a USP most business drivers will not be able to ignore... me included, even with the iffy build quality..

15 July 2020

I just threw up a little. It's horrid. OK Nissan I get your cars are reliable. But the question I must ask myself is this do I sacrifice some reliability for another car that looks good. Or do I drive something with the visual appeal of a hearse?

Nissan, Toyota and Honda should look at how Mazda style cars. How is it Mazda can make a car that looks good and is also reliable? Why must the only reason to buy from them be they make reliable cars. I can't think of another single reason to buy one.

15 July 2020

Another motoring magazine has a different set of photos which makes this car look much more appealing. Need to see an actual car.

The interior has no such controversy. It is a beautifully laid out and detailed Minimalist interior, far preferable to Tesla.

15 July 2020

Nissan appear to be following the VW group route of compromising driver ergonomics in favour of internal style. Thankfully Renault, Honda, and even Citroen are seeing the error of this, I wonder which approach will win out?

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