Nissan Ariya Concept hints at production electric crossover
The model has been toned down from the IMx design study.
Nissan has unveiled the Ariya Concept at the Tokyo Motor Show, paving the way for an all-electric production crossover.
The Ariya represents a toned-down evolution of the IMx concept that debuted in Tokyo two years ago. The latest design features physical side mirrors and a more traditional coupe-like profile, seemingly one step away from a viable design that could arrive in showrooms.
The brand's signature V-motion grille has been made solid, eliminating unnecessary air passageways and serving as a sensor panel for the vehicle's automated driving system.
The latest version of the ProPilot assistance suite enables hands-off driving in a single lane, prompting the driver to return their hands to the wheel when changing lanes or exiting the highway.
Nissan has not disclosed any powertrain details, such as battery size or power, though the press release does confirm dual-motor all-wheel drive.
Slightly shorter than the Rogue, the Ariya's overall design could be put into production within the next few years. The company may be fast-tracking such a project to take on the Volkswagen ID.4, Tesla Model Y, Mazda MX-30 and other electric crossovers slated to arrive in 2020 or 2021.