Nissan has unveiled a new concept vehicle called the Ariya at the Tokyo Motor Show. This is a crossover that, given its dimensions and if it comes out approximately in this form, will compete with, among others, the Tesla Model Y, which is also not yet on the market.
The manufacturer reports that the Nissan Ariya Concept is a fully electrically powered crossover with an electric motor for both the front and rear axle. It is still a concept version and during the presentation it was mainly about the design; further details are largely lacking, but Nissan is talking about ‘an entirely new driving experience in the near future’.
This may mean that a production version will not be long in coming, although it is still unknown if and when a production version will be released. Autonews reported a month ago that Nissan gave a first look at the car during a meeting with US dealers and the car is expected to arrive in the US in the second half of 2021. According to these dealers, it is a five-seater car with a range of 482 km and the vehicle can sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in 5 seconds. Nissan did not want to give any other information about the model at the time.
The Nissan Ariya Concept is equipped with the latest version of the ProPilot 2.0 driving assistance system, which, in combination with the navigation system, offers drivers support during motorway driving and allows the car to drive independently from entrance to exit on the highway.
In the interior is a ‘minimalist dashboard’ where most buttons and switches, as usually found in regular cars, have been removed. After starting the car, the virtual control buttons with haptic feedback light up. The only physical buttons are the start/stop button, the button to operate the 12.3″ display and the climate control buttons.