The 2022 Nissan Ariya is an electric crossover with futuristic design, similar in size to the Rogue, but a bit wider and lower, with a larger wheelbase.
The automaker has fulfilled its last year’s promise and presented a series version on the basis of the 2019 Nissan Ariya Concept.
The design represents Nissan’s new philosophy – Timeless Japanese Futurism – with the key attributes of sleek, sexy and seamless paired with advanced driving capabilities.
The Ariya features a”shield”-style front grille with a new Nissan logo. It incorporates a traditional Japanese kumiko 3D pattern.
The cabin space creates an airy feel, while the luggage compartment is small – 15–17 ft3 (424.5-481 l).
The wood-trimmed dashboard represents the minimalistic design: two large 12.3-inch screens, one for the gauge cluster and another for infotainment functions, a simple row of touch-capacitive climate-control buttons.
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity is available as standard.
With three drive modes – Standard, Sport and ECO, plus additional Snow mode for 4ORCE, car drivers can customize their experience.
Like the Nisan Leaf EV, the Ariya uses an e-Pedal that allows the driver to launch/accelerate/decelerate using only the accelerator pedal.
An advanced Nissan’s ProPilot 2.0 driver-assistance system is offered on the Ariya. It enables hands-free driving in certain circumstances, and can perform lane changes.
The Nissan Ariya is also the first model of the brand with firmware over the air updates called Remote Software Upgrade.
The model comes in a single-motor 215-hp (221 lb-ft) or a duel-motor 389-hp (443 lb-ft) configuration, with front-wheel drive or e-4ORCE all-wheel drive.
There are two battery packs: a standard 63.0-kWh one and a bigger 87.0-kWh as an upgrade. The driving range on a single charge reaches 300 miles EPA-rated.
The 63.0-kWh versions carry a 7.4 kW home charger, while the 87-kWh ones can be charged from a 22-kW three phase charger. The Ariya can also support fast charging up to 130 kW during long trips.
The Nissan Ariya will go on sale first in the domestic market in the mid-2021. The U.S. sales will start later next year.
Expect the pricing around $40,000-$50,000.