Nissan reveals futuristic-looking, all-electric ARIYA SUV

Nissan has revealed the ARIYA, its new electric SUV that will launch next year.

Revealed on 15th July via a virtual launch, the new model, billed as a coupe crossover, features futuristic styling that is largely based on the concept model show at the Tokyo Motor Show last year.

Majota Uchida, Nissan CEO said, “Today, Nissan looks to the future of mobility. Where meeting the needs of evolving consumers requires change in everything we do. The ARIYA is the symbol of that change”.

The ARIYA is offered with a range of power outputs and battery sizes, giving a range of up to 310 miles. The styling reflects the car’s electric underpinnings, with short overhangs and a closed grille. Nissan’s new logo features in the center of the front panel, illuminated by LEDs and flanked by additional running lights to signal to others that the car is switched on. The raked roofline and large 19-inch alloy wheels give a sporty appearance, when compared to the brand’s other electric model.

Inside, there is a departure from Nissan’s existing interior design. The ARIYA goes away from the traditional switchgear and instead, features an array of touch sensitive ‘buttons’. Two 12-inch screens dominate the dashboard, providing digital instruments and infotainment. Space is maximized thanks to a flat floor and open space under the instrument panel, enabled by clever packaging of the compact electric powertrain.

Five core models will be offered for the European market, including two-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive versions. The entry-level ARIYA 63kWh two-wheel-drive model has a range of up to 223 miles and delivers 217PS. Nissan says the car will be fun to drive as a result of its centrally mounted battery pack giving a low centre of gravity.

The Nissan ARIYA 63kWh versions carry a 7.4kW charger for domestic use, while the 87kWh include a 22kW three-phase charger for home charging. The ARIYA can also support quick charging up to 130kW for peace of mind during long journeys.

In the 2020/2021 tax year, company car drivers will pay no BIK tax on fully electric vehicles as the current band is 0%, while they increase to just 1% for the following year.

As well as Leaf, ARIYA will join the e-NV200 van in Nissan’s battery electric vehicle range. The manufacturer’s ambition is that more than 50% of its line-up will be electrified by 2023. Pricing and specification details are expected to be announced in the next few months.

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