2021 Nissan Ariya revealed: price, specs and release date

Nick Lette van Oostvoorne
July 15, 2020

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

2021 Nissan Ariya design

If you thought Nissan would just shove some electric motors into a Qashqai to make its first electric SUV, you’d be very wrong. The Ariya looks nothing like any current car that wears a Nissan badge – in a good way.

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.

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 the full-width brake light looks more like it belongs on a Porsche than a family-friendly electric car.

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

2021 Nissan Ariya interior

Some cars have simple minimalist interiors, but none is quite so pared-back as the Nissan Ariya’s. You get 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 look great, but they probably won’t be particularly easy to use.

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. The hidden heating controls that illuminate from under this trim piece look great, but they look like they’ll be a bit tricky to use while driving.

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

2021 Nissan Ariya infotainment and touchscreens

Inside, the Nissan Ariya gets two 12-inch displays – one behind the steering wheel in place of conventional analogue dials and another on the dashboard that you use as a touchscreen. They’re laid out in a similar way to most modern Mercedes cars, 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.

The centre display works as a touchscreen, but you can also control a number of the Ariya’s functions using the ‘Hey Nissan’ voice command – much like the ‘Hey Mercedes’ and ‘Hey BMW’ systems. This is supposed to understand plain speech and 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.

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

2021 Nissan Ariya motors and performance

You’ll be able to get the Nissan Ariya electric car with either two- or four-wheel drive – the latter coming with the awkward ‘e-4ORCE’ name badge.

Two-wheel-drive cars with a 63kWh battery produce 217hp and do 0-60 in 7.5 seconds. The 87kWh models make 242hp but take 7.6 seconds to reach 60 from rest on account of their heavier batteries.

Four-wheel drive versions with a 63kWh battery pump out 278hp and can manage the 0-60 sprint in 5.9 seconds, while 87kWh cars 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.

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

2021 Nissan Ariya range and charging

Unlike some electric cars, the Nissan Ariya comes with the option of two battery capacities – there’s an entry-level 63kWh model and a beefier 87kWh version. The cheapest 63kWh two-wheel-drive model 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.

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

2021 Nissan Ariya bootspace and practicality

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 e-pedal

The Nissan Ariya comes with the same e-pedal tech that’s been fitted to the latest Nissan Leaf – the Japanese firm’s VW Golf-sized electric car. 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.

Numerous sensors will help the Ariya park itself. 

2021 Nissan Ariya safety tech

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.

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

2021 Nissan Ariya specs

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.