Nissan introduces the electric crossover Ariya

Nissan introduces the electric crossover Ariya
Nissan Ariya

Just a day after BMW introduced the iX3, today Nissan introduced the all-new electric crossover Nissan Ariya. This is Nissan’s first electric car built on newly developed Alliance CMF-EV platform.

 

Let’s see some important parts of the press release.

Intelligent Power: formidable EV performance for a wide range of needs

The Nissan Ariya’s all-electric drivetrain is an example of seamless integration of advanced EV technology. It takes the excitement and potential of zero-emission mobility to the next level by integrating excellent power delivery, charging capabilities and extended range.

With five core models offered for the European market, including two-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive versions, the Ariya meets the driving needs of a wide range of customers.

The Ariya 63kWhย two-wheel-drive model is ideal for urban and suburban commuters looking for quality and style in their next-generation EV.ย The Ariya 87kWhย two-wheel drive models expands on the 63kWh with an upgraded powertrain and additional range for those looking to venture on longer journeys.

The Ariya e-4ORCE 63kWhย all-wheel-drive model offers an attractive balance in performance and value in its segment. With almost no compromise on range, this model offers ample performance and innovative new technologies, including twin electric motors and e-4ORCE control technology that deliver balanced, predictable power to all four wheels.ย The Ariya e-4ORCE 87kWhย all-wheel-drive will offer a longer range coupled with pure power thanks to the e-4ORCE technology. Topping the range,ย the Ariya e-4ORCE 87kWh Performanceย will benefit from a higher power output and will be the epitome of the best performance-technology combination.

Whether the two- or all-wheel-drive model, the power and performance of the Ariya will bring excitement back to the daily commute and urge drivers to explore further. To allow even more exploration, the Ariya will be rated to tow up to 1500kg.

A smooth, powerful on-road presence

Staying true to Nissan’s heritage of producing fun-to-drive, exciting cars, the Ariya’s all-new EV platform has been optimized to deliver exceptional handling. The battery pack sits under the center of the vehicle to ensure a low center of gravity and near-equal weight distribution, front and rear. The battery pack’s flat design and integrated cross-member in the battery case, allow the Ariya to have a flat floor and impressive structural rigidity. Suspension components are optimized to take advantage of this, ensuring stable handling and a comfortable ride while also suppressing vibrations and noise from entering the cabin space.

In the rear, the suspension packaging, including the multi-link system and rear electric motor (if equipped), create an exceptional balance of ride comfort, handling and performance.

With three drive modes, including Standard, Sport and ECO (e-4ORCE models include an additional Snow mode), drivers have the ability to customize their experience to match their mood and surroundings. The Ariya’s highly rigid body structure and super responsive rack-and-pinion steering system provide the vehicle with crisp turn-in response, while its near 50:50 front/rear weight distribution โ€“ made possible by the battery positioned under the floor in the middle of the vehicle โ€“ helps the Ariya behave in a predictable manner through all types of corners. The flat underbody aerodynamic nature assists with a stable ride while a tight turning radius adds to the Ariya’s capability not only on the highway, but also narrow streets and parking.

While every Ariya version will feature impressive driving range in its segment, it also boasts remarkable range recovery and quick-charge performance using Combined Charging System (CCS) in Europe. This is thanks in part to its battery thermal control feature, which constantly optimizes the operating temperature of the liquid-cooled battery.

The Nissan Ariya 63kWh versions carry a 7.4 kW charger for domestic use, while the 87kWh include a 22kW 3 phase charger for home charging. The Ariya can also support quick charging up to 130kW for peace of mind during long journeys.

Intelligent Driving: a high-tech, low-stress driving experience

The Ariya ensures high levels of comfort and confidence by providing occupants with the latest Nissan technologies, including an enhanced ProPILOT version. Equipped as standard on the second generation Nissan LEAF, ProPILOT is a hands-on assistance system that helps drivers stay centered in their lane, navigate stop-and-go highway traffic and maintain a set vehicle speed and distance to the vehicle ahead.

ProPILOT with Navi-link offers an enhanced experience from the acclaimed ProPILOT system first introduced with the LEAF. With the addition of road data and sensing technology, the system is able to offer a smoother ride during single-lane highway driving. By connecting with the navigation system and utilizing road map data, the hands-on driver assistance system can help adjust vehicle speed based on the posted limit. Additionally, the system can help adjust vehicle speed based on upcoming road conditions, such as smoothly slowing the vehicle before a sharp corner ahead, giving all occupants a pleasant drive.

When the destination is reached, ProPILOT Park takes the stress out of parking by helping recognize an open parking space and guiding the vehicle into it. Parking is completed in three easy steps making front, reverse and parallel parking a stress-free experience (available in limited markets).

In addition to all-new advanced technologies creating a smoother, relaxing ride, the Nissan Ariya also features driver assistance features that have been enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of drivers around the globe.ย e-Pedal, first introduced in the Nissan LEAF electric car, allows the driver to launch, accelerate and decelerate by using only the accelerator pedal. e-Pedal works by initiating the electric motor to start the deceleration process of the vehicle when easing off the accelerator pedal. When the vehicle comes to a complete stop, the brakes are automatically applied to hold the vehicle in place. If stationary for long periods of time, the electric parking brake is utilized. On low-traction surfaces, the brakes are applied simultaneously with the motor, allowing all four wheels to safely slow down the vehicle. On Ariya equipped with e-4ORCE, regenerative torque is distributed not only to the front wheels, but also the rear, resulting in an even smoother and more comfortable ride when breaking to a complete stop.

The Nissan Ariya is also equipped with additional innovative 360-degree safety features such as the signature Nissan Safety Shield, which includesย Intelligent Around View Monitor,ย Intelligent Forward Collision Warning,ย Intelligent Emergency Braking, and Rear Automatic Emergency Brake.

 

 

Europe market specs

Europe-market specifications Ariya (2WD) Ariya (AWD โ€“ e-4ORCE)
63kWh 87kWh 63kWh 87kWh 87kWh Performance
Battery capacity 65 kWh
(nominal)
63 kWh (usable)
90 kWh
(nominal)
87 kWh (usable)
65 kWh
(nominal)
63 kWh (usable)
90 kWh
(nominal)
87 kWh (usable)
90 kWh
(nominal)
87 kWh (usable)
Output 160 kW 178 kW 205 kW 225 kW 290 kW
Torque 300 Nm 300 Nm 560 Nm 600 Nm 600 Nm
Acceleration (0-100 Km) 7.5 sec. 7.6 sec. 5.9 sec. 5.7 sec. 5.1 sec.
Top speed 160 km/h 160 km/h 200 km/h 200 km/h 200 km/h
Estimated range (WLTP) Up to 360 km Up to 500 km Up to 340 km Up to 460 km Up to 400 km
Length 4595 mm
Width 1850 mm
Height 1660 mm
Weight (depending on version and equipment) 1.8t โ€“ 2.3t
Wheelbase 2775 mm
Luggage Capacity 2WD: LHD 468L, RHD 466L
4WD: LHD 415L, RHD 408L
Charging type CCS (For Europe)
Tire size
(front and rear)
235/55R19
255/45R20 (available as an option)

 

 

North America market specs

Nissan Ariya Key Specifications
Passenger configuration

2-row, 5-passenger

Drive configuration

Front-wheel drive or e-4ORCE all-wheel drive

Platform

Newly developed Alliance CMF-EV

Powertrain

Single (FWD) / dual (e-4ORCE AWD) electric motor, Externally Excited Synchronous Motor (EESM)

Battery capacity

63 kWh / 87 kWh usable (total 65 kWh / 90 kWh)

Thermal management

Active battery management system

Estimated range

Up to approximately 300 miles (preliminary Nissan estimate)

Level 2 charging

Up to 7.2 kW

DC charging type

CCS standard up to 130 kW

Output

160 kW โ€“ 290 kW

Torque

221 lb-ft โ€“ 443 lb-ft

Wheelbase

109.3 in.

Overall length

182.9 in.

Overall width

74.8 in.

Overall height

65.4 in. โ€“ 65.7 (depending on roof rack)

Cargo volume

16.5 cu ft (FWD)
14.6 (e-4ORCE)

Wheel size

19-inch or 20-inch

Tire size

235/55R19 or 255/45R20

Available interior features

Lounge-like space created by flat, open floor and slim-profile Zero Gravity seats; large, minimalist instrument panel with integrated capacitive haptic switches; innovative center storage box with fold-out tray, adjustable center console

Available Advanced Driver Assist (ADAS) Technology

ProPILOT Assist 2.0 featuring hands-off highway operation with Driver Monitoring System

Available safety technology

Nissan Safety Shieldยฎ 360 with Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Warning, High Beam Assist and Rear Automatic Braking

Model configurations

Ariya standard and long range (FWD)
Ariya standard range e-4ORCE and long range e-4ORCE (AWD)

 

 

Japan market specs

Japan-market specifications Ariya (2WD) Ariya (AWD)
Battery capacity 65 kWh
(nominal)
63 kWh
(usable)
90 kWh
(nominal)
87 kWh
(usable)
65 kWh
(nominal)
63 kWh
(usable)
90 kWh
(nominal)
87 kWh
(usable)
Output 160 kW 178 kW 250 kW 290 kW
Torque 300 Nm 300 Nm 560 Nm 600 Nm
Acceleration (0-100 Km) 7.5 sec. 7.6 sec. 5.4 sec. 5.1 sec.
Top speed 160 km/h 160 km/h 200 km/h 200 km/h
Estimated range (WLTC Japan cycle) Up to 450 km Up to 610 km Up to 430 km Up to 580 km
Length 4,595 mm
Width 1,850 mm
Height 1,655 mm
Weight (depending on model and equipment) 1,900 kg โ€“ 2,200 kg
Wheelbase 2,775 mm
Luggage capacity 466 L (2WD) / 408 L (AWD)
Tire size (front and rear) 235/55R19
255/45R20 (available as an option)

 

 

Biggest pros

  • Nissan has finally adopted CCS as its fast charging standard in North America and Europe.
  • The optional 22 kW on-board also demonstrates that the automaker is starting to listen to its European customers.
  • TMS (Thermal Management System) with active-cooling is finally here.
  • Different combinations of motors and batteries.

 

Biggest cons

  • Bad efficiency. Nissan is still far behind Korean automakers when it comes to efficiency. The Nissan Ariya is even less efficient than the recently introduced BMW iX3… If the Nissan Ariya had the same efficiency, the 87 kWh battery would be enough for 541 km (336 miles) in WLTP, instead of 500 km (311 miles).
  • It’s at least a year away. This electric car will face really tough competition and its specs might not look good by then.

 

Anyway, the Nissan Ariya is scheduled to go on sale in Japan in mid-2021, where it will be priced at around 5 million yen (41.003 euros). The Ariya is also planned to go on sale in Europe, China and North America by the end of 2021. The U.S. pricing will start around 40.000 USD (35.057 euros).

 

 

 

More info:

https://europe.nissannews.com/en-GB/releases/release-00c8cf083aa6bf7f68f599580c042b08-nissan-ariya-an-all-electric-coupe-crossover-for-a-new-era

https://usa.nissannews.com/en-US/releases/nissans-product-transformation-continues-with-ariya-a-100-percent-electric-crossover-for-a-new-era

https://global.nissannews.com/en/releases/release-b9e676615ef15c9b8774fe7bfa01004b-nissan-introduces-ariya-electric-crossover

Pedro Lima

My interest in electric transportation is mostly political. Iโ€™m tired of coups and wars for oil. My expectation is that the adoption of electric transportation will be a factor for peace and democracy all over the world.
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Lars
Lars
4 months ago

If the price really starts at around 35.000 Euro the Nissan costs only about half of what I read the BMW will start at. The efficiency isn’t very good, but the other specs sound good.

Freddy
Freddy
4 months ago
Reply to  Lars

Believe the 35.000 EUR mentioned price is direct exchange rate from US Price…this means at least no local VAT… depending on EU country, this may add a significant bump on the price – in Portugal will be +23% that is around e-niro/Kona price… believe at the time of launch it will have already too many contenders in Europe (TeslaY, Ford Mustang Mach-E, VW ID4… and, hopefully some Chinese affordable options…. let’s see how market evolves) I personally would prefer to have as my next car an Estate… but except for the MG and VW eventual products, nothing in the future horizon… Efficiency is really bad…hope they improve it… With the Leaf and very warm temperatures I am currently getting in my daily commute (55kms) around 9,5-11Kwh/100kms…VERY HAPPY MAN ๐Ÿ™‚

Lars
Lars
4 months ago
Reply to  Freddy

Here in Denmark it is 25% VAT, but you still end with less than 70.000 Euros.
The coming years will be interesting.

Marcel
Marcel
4 months ago

I had the e-niro at the top of my list for future EVs, but if the Ariya comes at the suggested price, I might buy a used leaf or soul EV until the Ariya comes out.

i especially like the good ccs charging rates, and the towing capability, and it will probably come with Leaf-like reliability.

for me the charging rate offsets the lower efficiency.

On the downside Iโ€™m wondering about the small trunk capacity, which is similar to the Leaf.

Westme
Westme
4 months ago

Why ariya has two antennas? Enhance the signal?

Counter-Strike Cat
Counter-Strike Cat
4 months ago
Reply to  Westme

High precision locating for ProPilot 2 using Mobileye HD map navigation.

Denis
Denis
4 months ago

Concerning the consumption, there is a big difference between annoucement and the reality. All cars must be tested from similar and real driving condition, not in laboratory. For exemple, Tesla model 3 has an 72-73 kWh usable battery, but during driving only 64-66 kWh are usable. The missing part is gone with loss. It depends on driving condition. The board computer will only compute the 66 kwh for the average consumption, it will not take in consideration the energy lost in the battery during driving. In reality the consumption is higher. Another important point to account, it’s the energy loss during the charging session. By adding both of them, hyundai traction system is better than tesla. I saw that from a german youtuber who compared the reeel consumption of energy according to the energy delivered at the charging station.

For me, Ariya is bigger and has higher front surface that contribute to higher wind resistance. Otherwhise, 63 kWh usable version looks similar with kia niro 64 kWh version. It seems that from 65 kWh total capacity , 63 kWh usable is very high. When I compare with e-leaf 62 kWh , the usable is around 55-56 kWh. There is a trick here. I think 60 kWh usable is more fare. That’s make 6 % less usable capacity than e-niro. That should explain the 360 km WLTP.

also E-niro shows higher differences between wltp (450 km) and real EVdatabase.org 370 km range, whereas leaf results seems more consistent 385 km (wltp) versus 325 km (Evdatabase) 60 km less range that what annouced. For E-niro it’s 80 km less range that WLTP annoucement.

Arya is more futurist car and has the opportunity of 22 kW ac power as on board charger, that makes a big differences for emergent countries where DC stations are not yet developped.

Famlin
Famlin
4 months ago

Grand presentation. Good job done.
Dimensions of 4595 mm x 1850 mm x 1660 mm translates to 180.9″ x 72.8″ x 65.4″. Its divide by 25.4
1st of all, it should have been spelled as “aHriya” with a “H” after initial “a” based on the way they pronounced.
Good to see that it has TMS which has become necessity.
Having 4 combos (2WD – 63KWh, 2WD – 87KWh, AWD – 63 KWh & AWD – 87KWh) is a notable feature.
$40,000 is somewhat expensive especially for chinese market, but BEVs are expensive outside china and we may have to live with it.

Famlin
Famlin
4 months ago

VW, MB, Hyundai-Kia groups are having tough time in procuring batteries and hope Nissan takes steps to avoid this trouble since Ariya with 63 KWh & 87 KWh will need lot of batteries.

Still they can launch a 80 – 85 KWh version of Leaf with a slightly reduced price to prop up the sales. Leaf is #2 vehicle in worldwide BEV sales (475K+) after Tesla Model 3.

With many chinese crossovers with that range in around $ 30K price tag, it may be difficult for Nissan to sell Ariya at $ 40K and hope they factor this in.

Lars
Lars
4 months ago
Reply to  Famlin

Do you think they can find enough space in the Leaf for such large batteries? They would also need a TMS, at some point people will stop buying BEV without TMS.

Famlin
Famlin
4 months ago
Reply to  Lars

Leaf has 680 liters (24 cu ft) of trunk space, probably some space can be used for the extra battery. Yes people will stop buying BEV without TMS. I wonder whether they have plans for Leaf with TMS.

Marcel
Marcel
4 months ago

Maarten Vinkhuyzen over on CleanTechnica is saying the Ariya will be using CATL 811 cells. If true, I hope Nissan has secured enough cells to make high volumes of Ariyas , because they could sell a lot of them.

Pajda
Pajda
4 months ago
Reply to  Marcel

Do we have any informations about cell count? If I guess that Nissan will stay with 96s @ 403 Vmax charging voltage, then 90 kWh gives ca 126 Ah for 96s2p or 86 Ah for 96s3p connection. Both cell capacities are already available from SVOLT in modified(wider) VDA-PHEV2 format.

The 126Ah SVOLT NMC811 cell parameters are >597 Wh/l and >250 Wh/kg

Barry
Barry
4 months ago

If like on Leaf there is no SoC limit, even a liquid cooled pack will degrade quickly if cells are kept at 100% SoC, and especially these packs with very high net capacity. Any word on software to allow SoC limits for charge sessions?

Freddy
Freddy
4 months ago
Reply to  Barry

No word on software yet… believe we have to wait for initial reviews from Japan later in the year…

Rok
Rok
4 months ago

Any idea why is it so bad at efficiency? Is it worse drag coefficient? More weight? Worse drivetrain? With dedicated platform and newer battery chemistry I would expect Ariya to be more efficient than Kona that is (essentially) an ICE platform, has only 64kwh battery and older version of batteries. With 87kwh battery range should be close to 600km

Pedro Lima
Pedro Lima
4 months ago
Reply to  Rok

I think that Nissan’s inefficient electric powertrain is the biggest problem here. For example, the Kia e-Soul has very poor aerodynamics and is more efficient than the Nissan LEAF.

https://fueleconomy.gov/feg/Find.do?action=sbs&id=41235&id=42562

Marcel
Marcel
4 months ago
Reply to  Pedro Lima

My guess is itโ€™s both the size and weight of the Ariya, plus Nissanโ€™s less efficient drivetrain. The Ariya is 10cm taller, almost 10cm wider, and 15cm longer than a Leaf, so it has quite a bit more frontal area, compared to the Leaf, Soul, and Kona. And probably more weight.

Rok
Rok
4 months ago
Reply to  Pedro Lima

Where do these inefficiencies come from? Bad e. motor? Connectivity between different parts?