Nissan Ariya Preview
Crossovers are big sellers for their versatility, manageable size, and ability to carry a bit more stuff than a sedan. But many drivers want to do all they can to protect our fragile environment, which calls for burning less petroleum. The best of both worlds for those drivers is an alternative-fuel crossover, and Nissan is about to give the United States a solid solution: the 2022 Ariya all-electric utility vehicle. This all-new vehicle is already on sale in Japan and is slated to come to the U.S. at some point in 2021. It’s an eye-catcher with its ultra-modern yet uncomplicated looks, marked by graceful curves and streamlined lights and fascia. But where it really breaks ground is in its technology: it will have Nissan’s ProPilot 2.0 for semi-autonomous driving, and its electric powertrain and larger available battery (87.0 kWh) will supply about 300 miles of range. The Ariya will represent the embodiment of Nissan Intelligent Mobility.
The power behind the 2022 Nissan Ariya will be a strong two-motor system with a choice of two battery pack sizes, 63.0 kWh and 87.0 kWh. The larger battery pack is expected, as mentioned above, to yield 300 miles of driving, and owners can charge it at home on either a 110-volt or 240-volt outlet or, of course, at public charging stations. Front-wheel drive will be standard, with all-wheel drive offered as an upgrade that’s sure to be popular. Nissan is using the same torque-split system that it put in the GT-R to continuously manage power delivery to the wheels for the utmost traction.
The Ariya’s cabin is sleekly simplified and designed for comfort. Its uncluttered setup makes occupants feel more relaxed, and the center console slides back to make even more room in the first row as needed. The instrument panel uses touch controls in lieu of buttons, further reducing clutter and adding to the space-age feel.
The latest technology from Nissan will enable the Ariya to “learn” its driver’s schedule so that it can automatically bring the interior to the desired temperature before anybody enters the vehicle. There’s also a Remote Park system as part of ProPilot 2.0, allowing the driver to stand outside the Ariya to park it.
Naturally, the 2022 Nissan Ariya will be set up with a full array of active safety features to help prevent collision and keep the occupants as safe as possible. The technology highlight in this debuting vehicle will be the aforementioned ProPilot 2.0, which even allows for hands-free driving in some situations. The system is designed to keep the driver well aware of its functions through visual and auditory alerts. For example, when it’s semi-autonomous mode, the cabin lighting changes color to remind the driver that the system is in control. While this groundbreaking advance will draw a lot of attention to the 2022 Ariya, it has many other noteworthy qualities for which it’ll stand out in a growing segment. Look for it to appear at Nissan dealerships sometime in 2021.