Say hello to whatís next for Nissan -- and thatís itís first-ever all-electric SUV, the Nissan ARIYA. After seeing it in person at the recent Nissan NEXT stop in Dallas, I can tell you first-hand, itís a show stopper and a really exciting vehicle not just for the brand, but also for the growing EV market. Itís indeed the EV weíve been waiting for from the brand that brought us the pioneering LEAF.
The Ariya is a great-looking SUV. It exudes elegance in its design, certainly highlighted by a gorgeous two-tone Copper and Black color combo Nissan calls Akatsuki, inspired by the sun rising at dawn. Itís grille, flanked by thin LED headlights, is certainly a striking conversation piece. Nissan refers to it as a shield that incorporates a 3-D traditional Japanese kumiko pattern. Youíll also spot Nissan's redesigned brand logo front and center, which is made up of 20 LEDs.
Inside, the cabin is minimalist, roomy and lounge-like with slim zero gravity seats and a cool adjustable center console. Itís also very tech-centered with two large 12.3-inch displays, one for the instrument panel and the other for the center display for the navigation and multimedia system. It will also offer Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Also of note, it will be the first Nissan model to get live over-the-air firmware updates. It will also have the latest generation of Nissanís Pro Pilot Assist, ProPILOT Assist 2.0. And of course itíll have standard Nissan Safety Shield 360, a suite of six active safety features.
The two-row SUV will be offered with two battery pack options, and as either front-wheel or all-wheel drive, with a new AWD system that Nissan calls e-4ORCE. Nissan says the 2WD drive models will get an estimated 300-mile range.
The Ariya goes on sale this fall starting from around $40,000. Check out more highlights in this exclusive video walk-around with a Nissan product specialist.