Nissan has officially debuted their newest EV crossover, the 2023 Ariya. After much anticipation for this vehicle, we finally have more specs and a price range, as well as information on reserving a model. The Ariya will be the automaker's second EV model after the LEAF and boasts an upscale look with a larger layout than its stablemate.
Measuring 182.9-inches long, 74.8-inches wide, and 65.4-inches tall, the Ariya electric car has 19-inch wheels nestled in 109.3-inch wheelbases. This EV’s exterior has been futuristic since its conception photos and the striking look has carried through to the actual model. The sides of the car feature stylized indents while the roofline has a rounded, swoopy design. The front bumper has somewhat of a U-shaped grille with LED headlights connecting on either end. With a sporty rear spoiler and a sloped rear hatch, the Ariya finishes off its exterior appearance with glossy-black accents.
On the inside, the five-seater takes on a minimalist approach to the climate controls and air vents, helping the dash look uncluttered. The two large screens consist of the infotainment unit which is settled in the center of the dashboard and the digital gauge cluster which is settled behind the steering wheel. The available tech also includes wireless Apple CarPlay, wired Android Auto, Amazon Alexa, and natural voice recognition. But tech isn’t all the Ariya has, as the interior has a lounge-like setup, complete with Zero Gravity seats, an adjustable center console, and a center storage box that has a fold-out tray.
Most Ariya models will come equipped with a liquid-cooled 87 kWh Lithium-Ion battery and a CCS quick charge port. An Ariya base model called the Engage has a smaller 63 kWh battery. There will also be two powertrain options available to choose from.
The standard of which is a single-motor front-wheel-drive model while the upgraded model will be a twin-motor with e-4ORCE all-wheel-drive. Both powertrain options offer standard and long-range versions. The long-range version can deliver a driving range of 304 miles when combined with front-wheel drive. Nissan claims the Ariya will have between 214 and 389 horsepower and 221 to 443 pound-feet of torque depending on the configuration.
As the industry moves further into electrification, Nissan considers the Ariya as a representation of its new brand identity in regards to its NEXT global transformation plans. The automaker has set a goal that over 40% of its U.S. vehicle sales will be fully electric by 2030, and even more will be electrified.
As one might expect, the newest Nissan is set to come standard with many safety features. Included in these is the Nissan Safety Shield 360, which comes with pedestrian detection, automatic emergency and rear automatic braking, blind-spot warning, lane-departure warning, and high-beam assist as well as rear cross-traffic alert. Another safety feature that is available is the ProPILOT Assist 2.0, which allows for single-lane, hands-off highway driving.