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Nissan has revealed the latest addition to its pure-electric line-up, and it takes the form of the futuristic-looking Ariya SUV.

Nissan was one of the first major players in the crossover segment with the Qashqai and is also considered one of the leaders in electric cars too with the Leaf, so it was only a matter of time before a combination of the two met.

The Ariya is roughly the same size as an X-Trail but has a futuristic look, with a clean and cutting edge front-end and a redesigned logo – made up of 20 LEDs – which sits at the centre of what the brand calls its aerodynamic shield – a closed gloss black grille.

The Ariya with be the first of Nissan’s all-electric crossovers and, as you would expect, will feature lots of tech like autonomous driving features, voice control, panoramic cameras and the e-Pedal, which allows you to drive the Ariya just using the accelerator pedal.

It will be offered with either front- or four-wheel drive along with a variety of power outputs. The range starts with a 214bhp 65kWh front-wheel-drive model which will do 0-60mph in 7.5 seconds and a top speed of 99mph. According to Nissan, this will return a claimed 233 mile range.

Then there’s a 90kWh battery option with 239bhp, which is also front-wheel drive and while performance figures are similar, it comes with a better range –boasting a claimed 310 miles. Further up the line-up, there’s the all-wheel drive e-4ORCE, which is available with 275bhp or 302bhp and offers 211 miles or 285miles or range respectively.

Finally at the top of the line-up is the Performance model with a 90kWh battery, which boasts an impressive 389bhp, a 0-60mph time of 5.1 seconds and a range of 248 miles.

Inside, the cabin is exactly as you’d expect for a futuristic electric car, with a clean layout and high-tech equipment. The features a pair of 12.3-inch screens –one which displays the usual infotainment and car set up information, the other replaces traditional dials in front of the driver. Both screens work independently, or they can work as one with information being swiped between them.

You’ll also notice that there are no buttons on the dash. Instead these have been controlled by haptic touch sensitive controls that have been integrated into the grained dashboard.

The Ariya is designed to be usable too, and while the images show a spacious interior the boot will offer a usable 466 litres with the two-wheel drive model and 408 litres if you go for all-wheel-drive

The Ariya should be available in the UK in the next 18 months, with no word yet on pricing or specifications. However, taking into consideration the cost of a Nissan Leaf, we’d expect it to be close to the £40,000 mark for the standard version and around £50,000 for the Performance model.

Ted Welford

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July 15, 2020

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