Nissan Ariya unveiled as stylish coupe-SUV with a 310-mile electric range

Nissan Ariya unveiled as stylish coupe-SUV with a 310-mile electric range

The bold electric model aims to build on the success Nissan has had with its Leaf

Nissan is expanding its EV range with the Ariya – a new electric SUV that can travel up to 310 miles on a single charge. 

Joining the popular Sunderland-built Leaf in Nissan’s EV range, the Ariya is a brand-new model for the firm, which aims to lead the way with its tech and self-driving capability. 

Closely previewed by last year’s Ariya Concept, the new EV looks unlike anything from Nissan’s current line-up and paves the way for future models from the firm. That’s thanks to its bold front grille, sloping roof line and stylish rear that features a glass light bar across the full width of the car. It also features a new Nissan logo, too. Either 19- or 20-inch alloy wheels make the Ariya look the part, too. 

Head inside and the Ariya is also a radical departure from Nissan’s current range, with two large digital screens sitting at the top of the dash – one being for the digital dials and the other for the main infotainment system. The layout has also been de-cluttered, with few physical buttons and a clean layout. Nissan also says the dedicated EV platform it’s based on allows for class-leading spaciousness. A cubby hole in the dashboard also opens up a slide-out table – something Nissan says allows the Ariya to be a mobile office.

The Ariya will be available with two battery packs – either 63kWh or 87kWh. The former enables a range of up to 233 miles, with the latter enabling a superb range of 310 miles, which will be the most of any model outside of a Tesla. 

It comes as standard with front-wheel-drive, though an ‘e-4ORCE’ all-wheel-drive version is available, too. This reduces the range slightly, but adds additional performance thanks to an additional electric motor, increasing the power from 214bhp to 274bhp with the 63kWh battery. As for the larger battery pack, this produces a 238bhp electric motor as standard, but this increases to 302bhp on all-wheel-drive versions.

Nisssan will also offer a ‘Performance’ version, which sees the power increase to an impressive 389bhp, and enables a 0-60mph time of 3.9 seconds and top speed of 124mph. Unlike plenty of other EVs, Nissan says the Ariya will be suitable for towing up to 1,500kg. 

In terms of technology, the Ariya comes with built-in 4G connectivity, along with a large head-up display and new voice control system – operated using ‘Hello Nissan’ or ‘Hey Nissan’. It also features software that allows for ‘over-the-air’ updates. 

Nissan’s well-known for its ProPilot semi-autonomous driving assistance functions, and the firm is taking things a step further with an enhanced version on the Ariya, which Nissan says offers a smoother drive thanks to its integrated road map data. 

The Ariya is set to go on sale in the UK at the start of 2021, with prices and specs yet to be announced.

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