Nissan Ariya Concept: price, specs and release date

Russell Campbell
November 04, 2019

The Nissan Ariya Concept previews a new Nissan electric SUV that’ll be an alternative to cars such as the Kia e-Niro and the Hyundai Kona electric. Here’s everything you need to know on the car’s price, specs and release date. 

 

  • Revealed

    Nissan Ariya Concept

  • Specs include

    Advanced infotainment and four-wheel drive

  • Price and release date

    c.£40,000, on sale in 2021

Nissan has revealed the Ariya Concept at the Tokyo motor show. The electric SUV has a passenger-centric interior, high-tech infotainment and twin-electric motors for excellent performance. It’s exterior styling previews how Nissans will look in the future.

Nissan Ariya Concept electric SUV price and release date

The Nissan Ariya Concept electric SUV might not be in the showrooms just yet, but the depth of detail provided by Nissan suggests the car is likely to go on sale relatively soon – by 2021 at the latest. You can expect the Ariya-based SUV to cost from £40,000 – about £5,000 more than you’ll pay for the smaller Hyundai Kona Electric and Kia e-Niro.

Nissan Ariya Concept electric SUV styling

The Nissan Ariya has the sleek styling and upright posture you’d expect of an electric SUV.

Upfront, the blanked-out grille is a big hint that this is an electric vehicle – it’s only possible because the Nissan doesn’t need a radiator to cool its engine like a petrol or diesel SUV. The grille remains the centrepiece of the front of the car, however, thanks to it’s LED outline, illuminated Nissan badge and 3D effect pattern. Thin LED headlights add to the modern look and the car’s wide wings around the front wheels help make the it look poised and sporty.

The muscular wings are defined by a crease that sweeps from the headlights all the way back to the tail lights, which helps the car look more planted, while the swooping roofline gives it sleek and sporty touches. The black plastic trim, meanwhile, which runs across the bottom of the car, helps give it a more rugged appearance. The side-on look is completed by a set of massive 21-inch alloy wheels.

They help the Nissan look extremely sporty and that’s a flavour that runs to the back of the SUV where a boot-mounted spoiler hints at the car’s performance and you get a slim rear-light bar reminiscent of the rear lights on an Audi e-tron.

Nissan Ariya Concept electric SUV paint

The Ayria’s striking appearance is as much about its paint job as it is about the design. The Suisei Blue finish is unique, looking like a matte-like paint from a distance, when you get closer you’ll spot glass flakes that give the car an eye-pleasing shimmer. Nissan’s even spent time on the detail by finishing the wheels and roofline in a metal detail that emulates the sun and ‘symbolises the dawn of a new era’ though, in reality, it looks like copper.

Nissan Ariya Concept electric SUV interior

The Nissan Ayia’s interior keeps pace with the model’s modern exterior.

Two large infotainment screens deal with most of the car’s controls while the ventilation system is operated by touch-sensitive buttons that illuminate from behind a large swathe of wood trim. The dashboard runs seamlessly into the doors to make the car feel like it envelopes around you but thousands of LEDs and bronze highlights stop you from feeling like you’ve been buried underneath a heap of black plastic.

In fact, most of the dashboard is finished in synthetic leather and so are the seats. Their thin design takes up less space and makes the Nissan feel airier and more spacious inside but you get extra padding where it’s needed. The Nissan’s flat floor – thanks to its neatly packaged electric motors and batteries – will give you more knee and foot room than a petrol or diesel SUV of the same size.

Nissan Ariya Concept electric SUV infotainment

Along with having big screens, the Ariya’s infotainment system will also be fully connected. It’ll offer a sat-nav system with door-to-door directions that transfer to your phone to guide you to your destination on foot. Not before, of course, the system has checked, in realtime, for nearby parking spaces.

Got a long journey ahead of? Then the car will be able to plot a course with places to stop and charge up the batteries on the route – the charge flap opening automatically when you park next to a charger, while lights will indicate that the car is charging correctly. And, when you park at home, you’ll even be able to sell power stored in the Ariya back to the national grid during peak times.

Lend someone else your car and the system will save your settings on the cloud so the car will be set up exactly how you left it when you get back in. And the car will be able to warm or cool its interior in anticipation of your departure while it’s still charging, to help save battery power for driving.

Nissan Ariya Concept electric SUV performance

Nissan has yet quote power or performance figures for the production car that the Ariya will eventually spawn but you do know it’ll be powered by two electric motors – one at the front and one at the back. That makes it four-wheel drive and because the electric motors’ output is instantaneous and easily modulated, you’ll be able to set up the Ariya-based SUV to deal with a variety of different terrains and road surfaces covering everything from snow and sand to driving quickly on twisting country roads. To compete with current EV SUVs, the Nissan will need to offer a range of around 250 miles and acceleration of 0-60mph in less than seven seconds.

Nissan Ariya Concept electric SUV autonomous

Not in the mood to drive? That’s not a problem because Nissan’s electric SUV will be able to do the driving for you using it’s ProPILOT 2.0 driving aids. It can brake and accelerate autonomously and will be capable of steering without you needing to keep your hands on the wheel – though UK law doesn’t yet allow this – changing its interior lighting to signal when the system is engaged. ProPILOT 2.0 will also be able to choose when to overtake other, slower cars and when to move into lane to prepare to come off at a junction.