Production-spec Nissan Ariya EV seen in patent images
A set of images have appeared which seem to depict what the production version of the Nissan Ariya EV might look like. The images only show the general shape of the SUV given that they are patent filings of the EV's shape, although some differences from the concept are visible. The Nissan Ariya EV concept had debuted in October 2019 at the Tokyo Motor Show, with the production version set to go on sale sometime in 2021.
Elements from the concept like the new large solid 'Shield' grille and the slim LED lighting with the V-shaped DRLs which are a new take on the brand's V-motion signature have been carried over. The major change to the front is a new more conventional front lip. This seems to now incorporate a grille to allow battery cooling. Other touches like the beefed-up fenders, the sloping roofline, and sharp C-pillar remain, although these have been toned down a touch for production. Expectedly, wheel sizes are now smaller and a charging port has been added to the front fender.
We expect the interior to also be toned down from what we say in the concept, although the simplistic uncluttered look, and the twin-screen set-up is expected to be carried over.
The production Ariya should get a fully electric dual-motor drivetrain which gives it AWD capabilities. There should be DC fast-charging capabilities also but no specs have been announced. We estimate something like a 70 kWh which should give it around 400 km of range. Other highlights from the concept like the newest iteration of Nissan's driver assistance system, Propilot 2.0, OTA updates and a suite of connected tech to go with this that aid in navigation, connectivity and route planning should also make it to the production version in some way.
It seems unlikely that the Ariya EV makes it to India, Nissan is working on a small sub-four-metre SUV for India currently. This will be derived from the Triber's CMF-A platform. Although, the Japanese carmaker could do well the bring the Ariya to India as something like a halo-car as a CBU under the new homologation rules, subject to how our EV infrastructure pans out over the next couple of years.
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