2023 Nissan Ariya is an expansion of the electric vehicle lineup. The SUV is set to go on sale in the U.S. in fall 2022. The Ariya will accompany the Leaf hatchback in Nissan dealerships and will offer up to 300 miles of driving range. The SUV will compete with similarly sized EV crossovers, such as the Tesla Model Y and Hyundai Kona Electric.
The Ariya will feature Nissan’s new semi-autonomous driving system (ProPilot 2.0), which debuted with the Skyline on the Japanese market. The company claims that the SUV will deliver 300 miles of driving range, but only when equipped with an optional dual-front/rear-motor drive configuration and a larger 87.0-kWh battery pack. The interior is sophisticated and minimal. Nissan discarded every button possible in making the smooth dashboard match the sleek look of the exterior. The cabin has a low, flat floor which intends a spacious feel, and Nissan has embedded its comfy zero-gravity seats into the design.
For the cabin tech, dual 12.3-inch displays serve both the digital gauge cluster and the infotainment screen. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and in-dash navigation are all standard features. A concept in 2019 showed a feature that allowed the car to sync with the schedule of the driver. With this, it can pre-heat or pre-cool the interior while it’s parked and charging, hence not drawing power from the battery. The ProPilot 2.0, the second generation of the ProPilot semi-autonomous technology, allows drivers to remove their hands from the wheel in certain scenarios.
Battery, Performance, Range, Top-Speed & 0-60 Mph
Nissan made this car by borrowing features developed in other cars. This includes the GT-R sports car’s torque-split system, which offers optional AWD via a dual-front/rear-electric-motor config. The powerful AWD Ariya offers 0-60 mph in less than 5.0 seconds. For the range part, Nissan says the Venture+ offers 300 miles per charge, compared to Leaf’s maximum range of 226 miles.
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The Evolve+ and Premiere trims offer up to 285 miles and the top-spec Platinum+ offers a good range of 265 miles. The Ariya is capable of charging at home on 110 or 240-volt outlets as well as at public charging stations and DC fast-charging ports.
The Ariya starts at $47,125 putting it above the Leaf and other affordable EVs. But keeps it under the base Model Y.
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