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Considering this new Nissan EV SUV should be within range of what most potential Mach E owners here can budget for, who's considering it?


"The Nissan Ariya all-electric SUV has been unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show and previews the firm’s future electric production vehicles
Nissan revealed the Ariya at this year’s Tokyo Motor Show. It’s an all-electric, autonomous- capable compact crossover concept that’s expected to evolve into a production model by 2021. Along with the new Nissan IMk, the SUV previews the Japanese brand’s latest design language and forthcoming technology.

The Nissan Ariya is built on a new dedicated modular architecture, which will likely underpin the Japanese brand’s future all-electric production vehicles. The platform features a pair of electric motors, a low-mounted battery pack, an energy recovery system and four-wheel- drive. Nissan is yet to confirm the powertrain’s performance specifications.

Speaking to Auto Express at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show, Ivan Espinosa, Nissan’s Corporate Vice President of Global Product Strategy and Product Planning, said: “Using a dedicated EV platform brings lots of freedom. With short overhangs, a long wheelbase and a flat floor, we’re able to have a D-segment size car on the inside of a C-segment size car.”

Thanks to the absence of an internal combustion engine, and the placement of the battery packs along the car’s spine, the Ariya has a completely flat floor which Nissan says makes the cabin feel light and airy. The concept’s cabin also features a thin-framed seats and plenty of glass, offering a “panoramic” view of the car’s surroundings.

“Making the Ariya a C-segment car allows us to have a broader reach – there’s worldwide demand for cars of this size and the market is very stable,” Espinosa added. “We can also play with all sorts of things; the platform can go bigger and smaller – and we could put a C-segment motor into a smaller car to produce sports car-like performance.”

The Ariya concept rides on a set of copper-coloured 21-inch alloy wheels and employs similar design features to the Nissan IMk. Up front, there’s a pair of thin LED headlamps and a unique, V-shaped shield in place of a conventional radiator grille. At the rear, there’s a full-width LED light bar, a high-mounted wing and a set of aggressive flared wheel arches.

It’s finished in a unique two-tone Suisei Blue paint laced with tiny glass particles, which produce two different effects depending on the viewing angle. From a distance, it appears to have a matte finish, while up close it takes on a more metallic appearance.

Stand-out features of the Ariya’s interior include touch-sensitive heater controls which vanish into the dashboard when not in use, a 12.3-inch infotainment system, a digital instrument cluster, satin copper-coloured trim, and unique perforated leather upholstery for the seats, underlaid with copper-coloured fabric.

The Ariya concept also features the latest version of Nissan’s ProPilot 2.0 semi-autonomous driver assistance system, which offers hands-off single-lane driving capability. The system can also assist the driver with overtaking manoeuvres, automatically navigate diversions and automatically exit motorways upon request.

Two Nissan executives have hinted that a production version of the Ariya is likely. At the Tokyo Motor Show Espinosa told Auto Express: “The Ariya is very near to becoming true – the concept is very near to reality.”
Nissan Executive Officer Yasuhiro Yamauchi reaffirmed Espinosa’s statement, saying: “The Ariya is not a concept car designed from far off ideas. It is the next stage of Nissan’s future design language as we embark on a new era for the company.”"


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https://www.autoexpress.co.uk/nissan/108214/new-nissan-ariya-concept-launched-at-tokyo-pictures#5
 

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I actually like the styling, but no telling how it will compared to the Mach E in terms of performance and range.
 
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