Nissan unveiled the 2022 Ariya early Wednesday morning in Japan, saying the compact crossover is estimated to have as much as 480 kilometres of range, a 0-100 km/h time of 5.1 seconds and the interior space of a midsize crossover.
“You can think Rogue on the outside, but think Murano on the inside,” Loing said.
Ariya also marks the launch of Nissan’s new corporate logo, a bolder take on the previous one, with white lettering and white shadow lines against a smoked metal circle and bar. The new logo takes effect Wednesday.
Ariya will come with a choice of two batteries, a 63-kWh version and an 87-kWh version. Front-wheel-drive models will use a 160-kW electric motor up front, and the new e-4ORCE all-wheel drive system adds an identical motor for the rear wheels. Managing the torque split between them will be done electronically.
Giovanni Arroba, Ariya program design director, said the goal from the start was to give Ariya an interior that presages how interiors will look and function when autonomous driving becomes reality.
“Designers are always trying to step into that future space,” Arroba said. “You can experience it almost like you’re in a lounge.”
Using slim seats, pushing the dash forward and having a flat floor — no exhaust pipe or driveshaft means no central hump — gives rear centre passengers the same legroom as the two side passengers, he said.
Arroba said the vision of the autonomous future also means considering the interior as a mobile office, where occupants can use their laptops and connectivity to work while the car drives, he said.
Ariya will be available with ProPILOT Assist, featuring hands-off highway operation, Nissan Safety Shield 360, and will come in four versions, standard and long-range front-wheel drive and standard and long-range all-wheel drive.
Ariya will be built in Tochigi, Japan for worldwide distribution outside China. It goes on sale in Japan in mid-2021 and arrives in Canada in late 2021. Pricing and packaging will be announced closer to launch date.