Nissan will reveal the assembly version of its all-new electric crossover, the Ariya, on July 15. The virtual event comes but a year after the sleek concept made its debut at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show boasting a sensor-laden “shield” rather than a grille and a two-motor setup providing all-wheel drive.
We expect a minimum of the latter to form it into production, particularly as long as the Ariya (pronounced just like the thing a diva sings) will ride on Nissan’s new e-4ORCE platform (wherein “4” stands for “all-wheel drive”).
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This is an enormous step for the Japanese brand, whose only other mass-market electric vehicle, the Leaf hatchback, makes do with one motor and front-wheel drive. The e-4ORCE platform can support a spread of body styles and will offer the automaker—as well as Renault and Mitsubishi—a lot of flexibility for its future EV offerings.
Many things about the Ariya remain unknown at now , but we will tell you that, size-wise, this compact crossover sits below the Rogue within the lineup, being both shorter and less than that SUV, if a touch wider. we do not expect its price to follow that hierarchy, though. The Ariya should combat the likes of the Tesla Model Y, the Chevy Bolt EV, the Hyundai Kona Electric, and therefore the upcoming Ford Mustang Mach-E, all of which start above $35,000.
If there’s one notable feature of the concept that we hope to ascertain come stateside it is the company’s latest driver-assistance system, ProPilot 2.0. It allows drivers the chance to travel hands-free on certain roads, almost like Cadillac’s Super Cruise system. We’ll determine more on July 15.