Nissan unveiled this strange new electric concept car this week at the Tokyo Motor Show 2019. It's no wonder he had a virtual koi fish assistant or a boxer, Blade Runner – sedan or that he sings. No, the new Nissan Ariya concept is strange because of how normal looks. For the first time in a few years, you can take a look at Nissan's latest concept and get a real sense of what a non-Leaf electric car company can do.
That's design side, at least Nissan didn't bother with too much technical detail with the Ariya, except that it was designed to be powered by a double tuning of the motor that would allow it to operate all wheels. (Which, to me, is kind of ironic considering the automaker's team in the all-electric racing Formula E series got banned tuning for twin-engine engines after quietly using one last season.)
As for the car's appearance, the Aria doesn't feel too far from something that could go into production next year. This is a crossover SUV, so it's on the smaller side and most closely resembles a Jaguar I-Pace. Meanwhile, the two-tone look and slim, aggressive headlights recall the designs used by startup companies like Byton or Faraday Future.
The Ariya has a relatively simple interior, with a large 12.3-inch horizontal display that extends from behind the steering wheel to the center of the dashboard. Nissan boasts that there are almost no physical buttons in its press release except for a button that can be used to navigate the vehicle's information system and settings on the display. For climate controls, there are a number of touch icons at the bottom of the dashboard that have quick feedback.
There are some other smart car touches on Ariya, such as how the concept car will recognize the driver's smartphone and automatically adjust the settings to its liking, or how the car is equipped with the latest version of Nissan's ProPilot driver assistance system. If you can knock Arya for anything, this isn't the most memorable car because of how normal it looks (except for those wheels, maybe).
But the most astonishing thing about Aria is that this time at least Nissan released the tricks and pulled out a reasonable vehicle that we may very well see in production form some day soon. For those who are waiting for the Japanese automaker to start talking about Leaf Tracking (which itself was a successful car), Aria looks like the start of this conversation.