Nissan calls it “the dawn of a new era.” We call it an electric crossover. Intrigued? You should be.
In 2019, the company teased us with concepts for their all-new Ariya, an all-electric crossover that promises a surprising mix of power and driving range. Several months back, Nissan confirmed that the production 2022 model would be rolling onto showroom floors in late 2021. While that seems like ages from now considering how 2020 has unfolded, the excitement is steadily building.
Nissan has been in the electric vehicle game for years now, starting with the release of the Leaf in 2011. And while the model was affordable and accessible, it never caught on due to underwhelming performance and range. Does Nissan now have a game-changer in the Ariya?
While we eagerly await its release, let’s take a look at the latest news and numbers regarding a vehicle that is hoping to drive change in the automotive industry.
1. Ariya hoping to start a war with Tesla
Unless you’ve been living under a rock the last few years, you know that Tesla is the king of all-electric vehicles. These days you can’t take a drive around the nearest metropolitan city without seeing a handful of Elon Musk’s babies roaming the streets. If Nissan has its way, the Ariya will soon be pushing Tesla for EV supremacy.
2. Starting price is competitive
It’s already been confirmed that MSRP for the 2022 Ariya when it finally arrives will be around $40,000. Not too shabby for an electric crossover hoping to steal a sizable amount of market share from Tesla. The belief is it’ll immediately compete with the Tesla Model Y, which currently has an MSRP of $52,990. Want to drive around in a sleek, futuristic vehicle while saving some green? It may be worth waiting for the Ariya to release later next year.
3. The future is now with the Ariya
If you’re purchasing an all-electric vehicle, you assume it’ll be loaded with all of the latest tech, right? Good thing that’ll be the case if you make the 2022 Ariya your new ride. Not only is there a 12.3-inch infotainment screen, color heads-up display and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto integration, but the Ariya also boasts all of the latest high-tech safety features. On top of auto emergency braking and blind spot detection, Nissan’s ProPilot Assist 2.0 semi-autonomous driving system will help put your mind at ease when you hit the road.
4. Expect plenty of power from the Ariya
Don’t think that just because the Ariya is electric that it doesn’t pack a punch. The dual-motor brings up to 389 horsepower to the table along with instant acceleration, giving you the ability to get moving quickly and efficiently. Tie in Nissan’s e-4ORCE All-Wheel Drive and you’ve got a smooth ride that’s great on the environment and doesn’t cost you an arm and a leg. The estimated 300-mile range makes it all the more intriguing of a package. If only you didn’t have to wait until the end of 2021 to get your hands on this automaking marvel…
5. Ariya is a small piece of Nissan’s short-term plan
Yes, the Ariya is looking to usher in a new era for the Japanese automobile manufacturer. But it’s all part of a bigger plan that will look to streamline production and cut costs over the next four years. This four-year plan aims to “achieve sustainable growth, financial stability and profitability by the end of fiscal-year 2023.” While the company will be cutting models and plants, their focus on electrification fits perfectly with the upcoming release of the Ariya in late 2021.