Nissan Ariya Concept previews new EV

Nissan Ariya Concept previews new EV


Nissan has unveiled the Ariya Concept at the Tokyo Motor Show, showcasing a new electric crossover that could make it into production ‘in the near future’.

A possible Qashqai EV, the Ariya Concept features twin electric motors, an evolution of the current Nissan house design, and a suite of connected assistance systems.

Fitted to the concept is Nissan’s ProPilot 2.0 which allows assisted driving functions to pilot the car in a chosen lane. Door-to-door navigation is factored in to journey plans, and the smart route planner includes charging stops when required.

Few technical details are offered, but CHAdeMO charging is included, indicating Nissan’s unsurprising continuation with the standard. Over-the-air updates are included, and vehicle-to-grid charging made possible by the on-board charger.

The interior makes good use of the improved packaging made possible thanks to the electric powertrain. It’s more spacious than a conventional crossover, with a flat floor sitting on top of the batteries. A minimalist dashboard uses haptic touch controls on the instrument panel, and the only physical controls are the start button and a single knob to operate the 12.3-inch display.