2021 Nissan Ariya revealed: price, specs and release date

Nick Lette van Oostvoorne
January 27, 2021

This is the new Nissan Ariya. It’s Nissan’s first electric SUV and comes with up to 310 miles of range and as much as 394hp in Performance trim. Read on for everything you need to know…

  • New Nissan Ariya revealed
  • Electric SUV
  • Gets 2WD and 4WD options
  • 394hp Performance model
  • Up to 310 miles of range
  • New voice-command tech
  • ProPILOT driving assistance
  • Pricing yet to be confirmed

The Nissan Ariya is a Qashqai-sized electric SUV that’s Nissan’s first purpose-built EV SUV and an alternative to the upcoming Volkswagen ID.4 and Skoda Enyaq iV.

2021 Nissan Ariya EV design

Check out the Nissan Ariya in our video

Some electric cars are based on existing petrol- and diesel-powered models, such as the BMW iX3 and Mercedes EQA. The Nissan Ariya has been designed from the start to be an electric model. It’s definitely not just a Qashqai with an electric motor and some batteries where you’d normally find a fuel tank…

And this applies to how the new Ariya looks, too. The angular front end with super-slim headlights looks more futuristic than the Mercedes EQC or Audi e-tron and the sloping roofline gives the Ariya a coupe-like silhouette – a little like the Jaguar I-Pace or the upcoming Skoda Enyaq iV Coupe.

The sloping roof and extended rear spoiler give the Ariya a coupe-like silhouette.

The long roof spoiler is another feature that makes the Ariya look a lot sportier than any petrol- or diesel-powered Nissan SUVs, and that full-width brake light looks more like it belongs on a Porsche than a family-friendly electric car.

2021 Nissan Ariya EV interior

The Nissan Ariya’s interior is about as minimalist as it gets.

Nissan’s designers didn’t use up all their imagination on the Ariya’s exterior, either – it has one of the most modern-looking interiors of any new electric car.

The ultra-minimalist layout comes with two digital displays, a steering wheel and a couple of buttons to start the car and select drive and reverse, but that’s it. It’s as simple and well-organised as Marie Kondo’s filing cabinet.

These heating controls should be easier to use than the on-screen controls you get in many new cars. 

You do get some cool mood-lighting that runs around the dashboard and onto the doors, however, and the unpolished wood trim on the dashboard is a nice touch. Thankfully, the heating controls aren’t built into the touchscreen (which can make them tricky to use on the move), instead they’re separate touch-sensitive pads on the dashboard.

2021 Nissan Ariya EV infotainment and touchscreens

The Ariya’s two large screens are the largest fitted to any Nissan. 

The Nissan Ariya’s infotainment promises to be a huge step forward for Nissan. Instead of a digital driver’s display and a separate touchscreen, you get a pair of large 12-inch screens that stretch halfway across the dashboard.

They’re laid out in a similar way to the new Mercedes EQA and BMW iX, but a slight angle between the screens means they don’t have that cool one-piece widescreen look.

Over-the-air updates mean your Ariya will always have the latest software available.

You’ll control most of the car’s features through the central touchscreen, but you can also tell the car what to do instead by using a new ‘Hey Nissan’ voice command system – just like in the latest Mercedes, BMW and Volkswagen cars. This lets you program the sat-nav, make phone calls and adjust the heater settings without taking your hands off the wheel.

The Nissan Ariya will also update itself using a built-in 4G connection. This means you won’t have to faff about visiting a dealership just to get the latest software update for your car.

2021 Nissan Ariya EV motors and performance

The Ariya will be available with two- and four-wheel drive.

The Nissan Ariya will be available with your choice of one or two motors, making it two- or four-wheel drive. Two-wheel-drive cars with a 63kWh battery produce 217hp and will take 7.5 seconds to accelerate from 0-60mph. The 87kWh models will produce 242hp, but take 7.6 seconds to reach 60 from rest on account of their heavier batteries.

Dual-motor cars with a 63kWh battery produce 278hp and can manage the 0-60mph sprint in 5.9 seconds, while 87kWh versions take 5.7 seconds thanks to their 306hp motors.

If that’s not fast enough for you, there’s also a Performance model. This uses the same 87kWh battery pack but produces 394hp from its two motors and reaches 60mph from zero in just 5.1 seconds.

2021 Nissan Ariya EV range and charging

The most long-legged Ariya can manage up to 310 miles between charges.

The cheapest 63kWh two-wheel-drive Nissan Ariya can manage up to 223 miles between charges while the 87kWh version can manage up to 310 miles.

If you pick a four-wheel-drive Ariya, the 63kWh model can drive up to 211 miles between charges while the 87kWh car will manage up to 285 miles. Performance versions with the 87kWh battery pack can drive for up to 248 miles before needed to be recharged.

The 63kWh cars come with a 7.4kW home charger while 87kWh models get a faster 22kW 3-phase charger for faster home charging. You’ll also be able to plug your Ariya into a 130kW public fast chargers to quickly add a few extra miles of range to get you home. Nissan hasn’t yet confirmed how long it’ll take to charge the Ariya using any type of charger.

2021 Nissan Ariya EV bootspace and practicality

Four-wheel drive versions of the Ariya sacrifice a little boot space, but they’re still pretty roomy.

The Nissan Ariya is an electric car that needs to be able to carry enough luggage for a family weekend away – at least. Two-wheel-drive cars can carry 466 litres of luggage while four-wheel-drive versions are limited to 408 litres. That’s not too bad when you compare it to the 430-litre boot you get in a Qashqai, but it’s some way behind the X-Trail’s 565-litre load bay.

2021 Nissan Ariya EV e-pedal

The Nissan Ariya comes with the same e-pedal tech as the latest version of the Nissan Leaf hatchback. This uses brake regeneration (a system where the car’s motor is used as a brake to simultaneously slow the car and recharge the batteries) to automatically slow the car to a stop when you release the accelerator pedal. It means you can get around using only one pedal in most normal driving conditions.

2021 Nissan Ariya EV safety tech

Numerous sensors will help the Ariya park itself. 

The Nissan Ariya comes with Nissan’s ProPILOT suite of driver assistance systems. This combines active lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control and data from the sat-nav to accelerate, brake and steer for you on motorways and in traffic. It’ll also slow down automatically when you approach sharp bends, roundabouts and junctions.

2021 Nissan Ariya EV specs

Expect the new Nissan Ariya to go on sale before 2022 and cost from around £40,000. 

Below is a table showing the specs for each of the five Nissan Ariya models:

Nissan Ariya
Ariya (2WD) Ariya (AWD – e-4ORCE)
Battery 63kWh 87kWh 63kWh 87kWh 87kWh Performance
Power 217hp 242hp 278hp 306hp 394hp
Torque 300 Nm 300 Nm 560 Nm 600 Nm 600 Nm
0-62mph 7.5 sec. 7.6 sec. 5.9 sec. 5.7 sec. 5.1 sec.
Top speed 99mph 99mph 124mph 124mph 124mph
Range Up to 223 miles Up to 310 miles Up to 211 miles Up to 285 miles Up to 248 miles

2021 Nissan Ariya price and release date

Nissan hasn’t confirmed how much the Ariya will cost when it goes on sale in late 2020 or early 2021, but it’ll probably be one of the most expensive cars the brand makes. Expect to pay from around £40,000 to £45,000 for an entry-level two-wheel-drive 63kWh car and closer to £60,000 for a top-spec Performance model.

If you can’t wait for the Nissan Ariya, check out carwow’s pick of the best electric cars on sale now. 

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