Nissan showed a closer-to-production version of its upcoming electric crossover based on the IMx concept earlier today at the Tokyo Motor Show. The new vehicle is called the Aria, and although Nissan still calls it a "concept," it seems to be just one in the name, as the car is expected to reach production soon.
Today's presentation focused more on design. than specs, though the crossover is rumored to deliver to the US at the end of 2021 at a "major price point" and has a 300 mile range and 0-60 times in under 5 seconds. It is expected to be similar in size to the Nissan Rogue.
Nissan also stated today that Ariya will have a dual-drive configuration and will be compatible with their Nissan Energy plans to transport vehicles to the grid.
These specifications would position Aria in the realm of the upcoming Tesla Model Y in terms of specifications, though they will be released about a year after Tesla's planned crossover.
The Aria may also be inspired by Tesla's minimalist interior design because it has far fewer physical controls than most Nissan-stable ones. The only physical controls are the start button, one knob to control the car's 1
Nissan plans to update Ariya's software with over-the-air updates to the navigation system, user interface and driving features.
Nissan ProPILOT 2.0 Driver Assistance Technology will be available at Ariya. The latest version of this technology "allows you to drive smoothly while traveling on a lane."
At the same press conference, Nissan showed off its IMk concept, only for the Japan EV, which fits the small city kei car aesthetic. But this concept has not been altered by its previous disclosure. You can watch the full (brief) press conference below:
Electrek & # 39; s Take
Nissan has been involved in EVS since very early on, with the Nissan Leaf even beating the Tesla Model S on the market. At that time, Nissan Leaf sold more units than any other electric vehicle.
But since the original Leaf version, Nissan has stalled in offering new models. Apart from a few concepts here and there, the only electric vehicle that Nissan offers is the e-NV200, which began shipping to Japan, Hong Kong, and Europe but is not available in North America.
So it's great to see how Nissan will get closer to producing another EV for the US market at last. The Leaf is a great package, especially for the price, and has done well in its segment, as many directly competing vehicles just don't look as serious or well thought out.
Ariya's design, in my opinion, is quite stunning for a "crossover". Fortunately, it abandons many of the ridiculous design elements of the IMx concept it is based on and leads to a design that is aggressive but still familiar.
We don't know what the final specifications will look like or whether Aria will send it looks the same as in today's revelation, but nothing about it screams "it's just a concept car" and instead everything we know about it looks pretty realistic.
If all this is true, we can't wait to see him on the road. From what we know so far, and if they manage to manage a good price, this should be a solid entry. Of course, everything could change before production.
Tell us what you think of Aria in the comments below. And enjoy the High Definition Car Image Gallery here:
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