Nissan Ariya (2021) Review

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Nissan Ariya (2021) At A Glance

+Electric SUV with range of up to 310 miles.

-On sale late 2021.

The Nissan Ariya is an electric SUV intended to take on the likes of the Ford Mustang Mach-E and Tesla Model Y.

Prices are yet to be confirmed, but expect it to start in the region of £40,000 - while high-spec models could exceed £60,000.

There'll be an Ariya to suit a wide range of buyers, with a choice of 63kWh or 87kWh batteries and two- or four-wheel drive. Power outputs range from 217PS to 394PS in the flagship Performance model. This packs a hefty 600Nm of torque and can cover 0-62mph in 5.1 seconds.

The most efficient Ariya is the 87kWh 2WD model, which can travel up to 310 miles between charges according to official WLTP tests. The entry-level 63kWh 2WD can travel up to 223 miles, while the 63kWh AWD is good for up to 211 miles. The 87kWh AWD model covers up to 285 miles, while the faster Performance version can officially travel up to 248 miles.

Described by Nissan as an 'all-electric coupé crossover', the Ariya is expected to be more fashionable and tech-heavy than the Leaf. It sits between the Qashqai and X-Trail in terms of dimensions, while a boot capacity of up to 466 litres means it'll be a practical choice.

The cabin is apparently modelled on a "sleek cafe lounge on a starship", with a minimalist dashboard and heavy application of sound-absorbing materials. By positioning the battery at the base of the chassis, Nissan's provided a flat, open floor, which adds to the feeling of space. Slim profile seats help with space in the back, too.

There are lots of soft-touch materials, while infotainment is provided in the form of two 12.3-inch screens - one acting as the conventional media system, and the other a digital instrument cluster. The Ariya features 4G connectivity, meaning it'll update itself wirelessly, so you won't have to visit a dealer.

Touch-sensitive controls replace regular buttons, while a digital assistant will respond to 'Hey Nissan' voice commands. It also works with Amazon's Alexa, meaning you can check things like your car's battery status remotely.

It'll be a while before the Nissan Ariya arrives in showrooms - expect to see it on sale before the end of 2021.

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Can electric cars tow a caravan?
"It will apparently be possible to tow with the new Nissan Ariya. If so, what weight? Surely the range will be devastated. Also, is anyone planning to provide charging bays for tow cars with their trailers? Can the same be said of any similar priced EVs?"
Yes, the Nissan Ariya will be able to tow up to 1500kg. That's pretty good and enough to tow a small caravan. Electric cars actually make quite a lot of sense for towing - their instant pulling power means it should be a pretty easy and relaxed experience. As you say, though, it'd be interesting to see how much the range is hammered with a caravan in tow. Currently, only expensive electric SUVs like the Tesla Model X, Mercedes-Benz EQC, Audi e-tron And Jaguar I-Pace are rated for towing. We're not aware of any companies providing charging bays for tow cars with trailers.
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