Electric carmakers face a new challenge from Nissan, which has revealed its new electric SUV, named Ariya. It’s only Nissan’s second fully electric car. In 2010, the company had launched the Nissan Leaf, a compact car. Former Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn had predicted that electric vehicles would be the car of the future. But in 2019, only 2.6% of all cars worldwide were electric. With Ariya, Nissan hopes to buck this trend.
What Is the Nissan Ariya?
CNN reports that Nissan unveiled the Ariya at a virtual event on Wednesday. According to CNN, the Ariya is also “bigger and roomier” than the Nissan Leaf. Its design also looks similar to the Nissan Murano SUV. Compared to regular fuel-powered cars, electric vehicles do not need the front grille. Incoming air enters the engine through there. But Ariya’s grille is there only for design, which looks like the Japanese “kumiko.” The Nissan logo on the grille also lights up.
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Since the Ariya is fully electric, it has no engine under the hood. This design opens up the SUV’s interior. Under the hood, other equipment replaces the engine. This equipment is usually air conditioning.
There are also zero buttons and switches on the Ariya. Instead, drivers just have to tap the icons on the dashboard. With just a tap, you can control car temperature and stereo. Ariya’s battery is under the floor. The flat floor is part of the design of electric models. Tesla’s Model Y also uses this design.
Other Features of the Nissan Ariya
If you drive the Ariya in some countries, you could take your hands off the wheel. Nissan’s ProPilot Assist technology helps you go on autopilot. Nissan will be the first automaker to make this software available for US drivers.
Ariya’s base model contains a 63-kilowatt-hour battery pack. Another model has an 87-kilowatt-hour battery. With this, the SUV can reach 300 miles on a single charge. The distance limit for the base model is not yet available.
Ashwani Gupta told journalists that the Ariya could go from 0 to 60 miles an hour in only 5 seconds. Gupta is Nissan’s chief operating officer.
CNN also reports Nissan’s Leaf is the best-selling electric car in the world. The company also plans to launch eight new electric vehicles by 2022.
How Much Is the Nissan Ariya?
If you want to buy the new Nissan Ariya, it will go on sale in the middle of 2021 in Japan. If you’re in the US, you’ll have to wait later next year. The good news is that the Ariya costs less than its competitors like the Tesla Model Y. Ariya’s starting price is around $40,000.
If you’re planning to get an electric car, you won’t go wrong with Nissan. You can trust them to give you a superb driving experience.