The 2021 Nissan Ariya is an all-new concept. The production is not confirmed yet, but the platform had a premiere at the latest Tokyo Motor Show. It didn’t take too long for experts to make first predictions. The premiere of the production model could happen in 2021.
Ariya is an all-electric crossover architecture, a kind of an upgrade of the LEAF. Nissan is finally going to make a statement in this segment. Since the LEAF is the best-selling EV ever, we expected a lot more from the Japanese company regarding the hybrid and PHEV units. Now, it is time to catch up with the competition.
The carmaker is going strong into the 2021 season. There are no big changes for 2020 and the focus is on the following year. There are few interesting concepts, and the entire SUV segment is under the revisit. Big and small models will introduce new look, features, and engines. The 2021 Nissan Ariya is the only all-new crossover.
2021 Nissan Ariya Design
The first impressions about the new styling language are positive. Fans and enthusiasts are thrilled with the fresh design. We expect to see some solutions from the 2021 Nissan Ariya on other crossovers. Overall, the model is not angular as you could expect. The front grille is more classical, although the electric models don’t need cooling. The overall size will put Ariya under the Rogue. The new concept is shorter than its sibling and sits lower to the ground.
The 2021 Nissan Ariya is still a concept. So, its interior might not be exactly the same when it enters production. Like many prototypes, the crossover shows off with the futuristic design. Well, the interior matches the exterior styling with smooth surfaces and a digital dashboard. The vehicle is shorter than Rogue, but it is also wider by three inches. It creates more space, but still not enough for family trips.
The carmaker also announced big changes for the infotainment system. The new generation of NissanConnect is on the way, and it could debut on the upcoming Ariya electric crossover. During the unveiling of the concept, chiefs said the door-to-door navigation will be available. It is a kind of connectivity with the smartphone that will allow you to set the destination on your mobile device. Also, you can schedule a drive, so the cabin can heat or cool when it is time to go.
Level 4 Autonomous Drive is Possible
Like other electric vehicles, the 2021 Nissan Ariya will get a lot of self-driving features. A few months ago, the company announced that they are working on Level 4 of autonomous drive. Currently, Tesla has advanced Level 2. Even the BMW said they will skip Level 3 since the difference between it and Level 4 are minor.
Well, this would put the Ariya crossover on the list of the best models in the market, that is for sure. However, release dates for both concepts are not available yet, but we assume the company will aim to launch them at the same time.
2021 Nissan Ariya Specs
Under the floor of the 2021 Nissan Ariya will be a powerful electric battery. Experts are mentioning a motor current LEAF is using. With it, the existing electric car can go 226 miles. That is 8 miles down from Jaguar I-Pace and 16 more than Audi e-Tron. However, we believe that engineers will upgrade the offer for the upcoming vehicle.
Furthermore, the Ariya crossover will add the all-wheel drive, thanks to the new split-torque system we can find on the company’s sports cars. It allows the transmission to shift power to all four corners. It could harm the range, but the stability and balance will be improved. Estimations for 0-60 mph are somewhere around 5 seconds, which is a superb result for the all-electric vehicle.
2021 Nissan Ariya Price and Release Date
The concept was presented in Tokyo. Immediately, rumors about the production started to swirl and we can hear the first appearance of the platform in the form of the production model will occur in 2021. The company will start building the EV the same year. Nissan, as the leading Japanese carmaker, could present the vehicle in the homeland, but the Ariya is coming to the US as well. Plus, big updates are coming in 2021, and the new crossover is definitely one of the stars.
Experts say the company will target the starting price of $40,000. They also believe there will be at least three trim levels available. On the other hand, we could also see a more powerful battery under the hood. In that case, 2021 Nissan Ariya could deliver 350 or even 400 miles. However, a huge motor for the small crossover would bump the price over the limits where buyers are ready to pay. So, we don’t think Nissan is going to go too far from current LEAF’s 226 miles.