Nissan has unveiled its second all-electric vehicle, with the Ariya coupe crossover due to arrive in the UK in the second half of next year boasting a range of up to 310 miles.
Nissan’s second electric vehicle, joining the Leaf, will be offered with two battery sizes and in two-wheel or all-wheel drive, and is, according to Nissan’s CEO Makoto Uchida, a “new chapter in our history, starting our journey of transformation in our business, our products and our journey”.
The Ariya introduces an all-new EV platform and all new powertrain for Nissan, and according to Uchida, is the “right car at the right time”, building on Nissan’s core strengths of electric vehicle and crossover expertise.
Battery options of 63kWh and 87kWh will be offered, giving the Ariya two different price points, both available in two- or four-wheel drive. The 87kWh battery gives figures of 310 and 285 miles respectively, and the 63kWh version 223 in two- and 211 in all-wheel drive. Boot space also differs at 468 for the two-wheel drive, dropping by 53 litres to 415 on the all-wheel drive version. Nissan claims excellent interior space, thanks in part to moving the climate control system under the bonnet where the engine would normally be, freeing up cabin space. The Ariya is 190mm longer than a Qashqai but 70mm lower and 44mm narrower, and acceleration figures range from a 0-62mph time of 5.1 seconds on the top 4×4 performance model to 7.6 seconds on the front-drive models.
Nissan’s EV will come with Standard, Sport and Eco driving modes, while the all-wheel drive version will also have a Snow mode, and driver assistance technology includes Nissan’s ProPilot, which keeps the vehicle centred in its lane and a set distance from the vehicle ahead, combined with Navi-link, which will use navigation map data to adjust the vehicle’s speed based on posted limits and when approaching sharp bends. The Ariya will also link with a customer’s Alexa home system, allowing the user to check battery status, and the NissanConnect app can be used to set the climate control ahead of departure.
The e-Pedal, as seen on the Leaf, will also be fitted to the Ariya, making it possible to drive using only the accelerator in all but the harshest braking situations, thanks to the strong regeneration when the driver lifts the accelerator.