Nissan Ariya electric SUV revealed with 310-mile range

Published 16 July 2020

The new Nissan Ariya is an electric SUV intended to take on the likes of the Ford Mustang Mach-E and Tesla Model Y when it goes on sale next year.

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. That's Audi e-tron territory.

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.

Nissan Ariya (2)

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.

Nissan Ariya (3)

Comments

gavsmit    on 16 July 2020

Yet another mega-expensive white elephant.

Not that I'm against EVs - but how many families can afford to part with £40k just for a car? And one that will lose money fast, especially as EV technology advances.

And before anyone says 'buy it on finance' then the manufacturers have already brainwashed you into accepting their ridiculous pricing - for EVs and ICE cars.

I'll convert my car to run on chip fat before I'm forced into a finance deal on a hugely overpriced EV when they stop selling fossil fuels.

Petegeoff    on 20 July 2020

You sound as though you're trying to find every excuse going not to buy a new car. If people want to spend that kind of money it's up to them. Not going to hurt you, is it?

NickNike    on 21 July 2020

It does hurt. The more people buy this rubbish, the more the market gets geared-up to their requirements which clash with the more sensible around us. I still need to see convincing evidence why buying an EV/ hybrid is a good idea.

Tony.T    on 20 July 2020

Very nice- but the elephants in the room are at that price you're well into Tesla Model 3 and Y territory, and the killer for Nissan and every other maker is Tesla's Supercharger network. Watch 'Harry's Garage' on you-tube when he extensively tests a Model 3.

Edited by Tony.T on 20/07/2020 at 18:43

NickNike    on 21 July 2020

Dreadful looking car. The side looks stoved-in. And 40 grand. Buyers must be bonkers.

hissingsid    on 22 July 2020

The EV market is a classic chicken and egg scenario. Prices will not fall until the economies of scale (i.e. increased sales) bring the benefits of mass production, but mass market sales will not happen until prices fall.

Meanwhile I will keep my petrol car, which covers less than 5000 miles per annum. One thing I have learned in over 50 years driving is never to be among the first to invest in new technology.

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