Nissan Ariya electric presented in Gaia arrives in Portugal in summer
A Nissan presented, in Gaia, its first electric crossover, the Ariya, which will be released on the market next year. It will be available in four power levels, with no defined prices yet.
The Ariya intends, according to Nissan, to assume in the electric crossover segment the highlight that the Qasqhai had (and still has) and, aesthetically, the bet seems to be won, as the new electric from the Japanese brand has a strong presence on the road, with a luminous signature that runs through almost the entire vehicle.
The Ariya is 4.59 meters long, 1.85 meters wide and 1.66 meters high, and has a wheelbase of 2.77 meters. The luggage compartment has a capacity of 466 liters in the front-wheel drive version and 408 in the all-wheel drive version.
Made in the United Kingdom, it is available with 63 kWh batteries, delivering 160 kW (218 hp), and 87 kWh, the latter with powers of 178 kW (242 hp and front-wheel drive), 225 kW (306 hp) and 290 kW (394 horsepower and 600 Nm of torque), these two with four-wheel drive.
The top of the range is this latest version, called E-4orce, which accelerates from 0 to 100 km / in 5.1 seconds, reaches a maximum speed of 200 km / it has a range of 400 kilometers.
The autonomy can reach 360 kilometers in the less powerful version, 500 in the 242 horse model, dropping to 460 and 400 kilometers in the two more powerful, more powerful versions.
The Ariya can be charged from a household outlet, in a wall box (at 7.4 kW on the 63kWh battery and 22kW on the rest), accepting quick charges up to 130 kW (a Nissan advertised to be able to get up to 300 kilometers of WLTP range in 30 minutes.
About the interior, senior designer Hideki Tago explains that “a clean space was created by combining the tactile controls with the texture of the interior’s wood finish. parallel, functionality and an attractive appearance”.
Hideki Tago quick that “by applying a wood texture pattern to the plastic panels with a hydro-printing process, we got a very realistic reaction from the wood. At the same time, it made transparent icons come to life when illuminated.”
Attention to detail has also extended to the Ariya’s sonic ambience, with the fine tuning of vibrations and sounds.
“Vibration and sound are inseparable,” said Tomotoka Igarashi, the engineer responsible for developing the Ariya’s HMI (Human Machine Interface) inside.
“It may sound obvious, but it challenged our team to develop a unique one that meets the driver’s expectations while being as pleasant as possible,” he said.
This is a necessity in an all-electric crossover “since the near absence of sound emitted by the engine means that the children developed by the team will be heard while driving”, emphasizes Nissan.
According to the brand, the development of tactile controls required that all possible scenarios are repeatedly tested to ensure ease of use for a wide range of users.
“For example, it meant extensive testicles by people with fingers of different sizes and different nail lengths, and with different pressure patterns and actuation angles. Gloved hands were also tested to protect button activation,” Nissan revealed.
The Ariya is part of a Nissan strategy, which wants to achieve carbon neutrality in 2050. The first phase of the offensive comes next summer, with the new Qasqhai and X-Trail e-Power (which use a gasoline engine just for generate electricity) and Ariya.