New Nissan Ariya concept launched at Tokyo

Nissan has unveiled an all-electric compact SUV at the Tokyo Motor Show, which previews the firm’s future electric production vehicles

Nissan revealed its new Ariya concept at this year’s Tokyo Motor Show. It’s an all-electric autonomous compact crossover which, along with the all-electric Nissan IMk city car concept, previews the Japanese brand’s latest design language and future electrified production vehicles.

The Ariya rides on a set of copper-coloured 21-inch alloy wheels and employs similar design features to the Nissan IMk. Up front, there’s a pair of thin LED headlamps and a unique, V-shaped shield in place of a conventional radiator grille. At the rear, there’s a full-width LED light bar, a high-mounted wing and a set of aggressive flared wheel arches.

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It’s finished in a unique two-tone Suisei Blue paint scheme, which is laced with tiny glass particles. The paint finish produces two different effects depending on the angle from which it is viewed. From a distance, it appears to have a matte finish, while up close it takes on a more metallic appearance.

Thanks to the absence of an internal combustion engine, and the placement of the battery packs along the car’s spine, the Ariya has a completely flat floor which Nissan says makes the cabin feel light and airy. The concept’s cabin also features a thin-framed seats and plenty of glass, offering a “panoramic” view of the car’s surroundings.

Other stand-out features of the Ariya’s interior include touch-sensitive heater controls which vanish into the dashboard when not in use, a 12.3-inch infotainment system, a digital instrument cluster, satin copper-coloured trim, and unique perforated leather upholstery for the seats, which is underlaid with copper-coloured fabric.

The Ariya concept features the latest version of Nissan’s ProPilot 2.0 semi-autonomous driver assistance system, which offers hands-off single-lane driving capability. The system can also assist the driver with overtaking manoeuvres, automatically navigate diversions and automatically exit motorways upon request.

The Ariya is powered by two electric motors – one for each axle. Nissan is yet to confirm the powertrain’s performance specifications, but the firm has said the system has a “high-power” output and will provide “excellent cornering performance and traction on slippery surfaces.”

It’s also possible that Nissan could build a production vehicle based which borrows elements of the Ariya concept’s design. Nissan Executive Officer Yasuhiro Yamauchi said: “this is not a concept car designed from far off ideas. It is the next stage of Nissan’s future design language as we embark on a new era for the company.”

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