Nissan reveals its first ever electric SUV, the Nissan Ariya

Nissan was regarded as one of the very early forerunners in the electric vehicle (EV) department but experts say it has lost momentum since it launched its all-electric Leaf back in 2010. The Nissan Leaf was in fact one of the earlier EVs, and at that time Nissan had big plans to make a whole lineup of electric vehicles, which then-CEO Carlos Ghosn predicted would make up 10% of the global car market by 2020. While that never ended up happening, Nissan may plan to make an electric comeback with their new electric SUV, the Nissan Ariya.

The SUV was revealed in an online event on July 15, which showcased its design that seems to be inspired by the Nissan Murano, although the newer SUV is considerate of the electric image and features a much more futuristic outlook. But the SUV doesn’t depend solely on its outlooks, as it apparently has a range of about 300 miles on a single charge and features a high-tech interior, with almost no buttons or knobs, according to the automaker. Due to its powerplant being located under its floor, much like the SUV’s close competitors, the Tesla Model Y and the Ford Mustang Mach-E, cabin room is plentiful. As mentioned before, the Ariya instead of using physical buttons, used capacitive touch for controls, but it still doesn’t hold a candle to Tesla’s massive screen wherein all the controls lie.

The Nissan Ariya will be available in front or all-wheel-drive drivetrains, and with a choice of two battery pack sizes: a 63 kilowatt-hour battery pack in the base model and a larger 87 kilowatt-hour pack. According to Nissan, the SUV will have a range of 300 miles with the larger battery based on US EPA tests. A range estimate for the smaller one is yet to be released. The Ariya will be available with Nissan’s ProPilot Assist driver assistance technology that allows some hands-free driving on highways in a selective few countries. The hands-free driving technology, which is similar to systems offered by General Motors and, soon, Ford in their Mustang Mach-E, will be available in the US first on the Ariya, a Nissan spokesman said. The car will be able to achieve a 0-60 time of about 5seconds, claimed Nissan chief operating officer Ashwani Gupta.

The Ariya will go on sale in Japan in the middle of 2021 in the United States later next year. Prices in the US will start at about $40,000, which is a few thousand dollars less than competitors like the Ford Mustang Mach-E or the Tesla Model Y. Nissan executives have said the company will come out with eight new electric vehicles by 2022.