Nissan Ariya EV promises up to 310-mile range

  • Nissan's first all-new electric car since the Leaf
  • Ariya promises up to 310-mile range and 395hp
  • Connected tech, fast charging, four-wheel drive

Nissan Ariya (2021) front view

The second Nissan electric car – following the Leaf – has been unveiled, and is due to go on sale in 2021. The Ariya is an all-new pure-electric SUV, which comes with two levels of power, two- and four-wheel drive and up to 310-miles of battery range.

The new SUV is larger and will be more expensive than the Leaf, and joins the growing ranks of all-electric family cars. It's a sharp-looking car, ushering in a new design style for Nissan, and packs in a considerable amount of connected technology and support for rapid charging.

As for what it goes up against, we can't really say until we know full pricing, but expect it to feature on the same shopping list as the Kia e-Niro at the lower end, and the upcoming BMW iX3 at the top. Judging from Nissan's performance and efficiency figures, it will be competitive with both.

What's it like inside?

As you'd expect, it's bristling with the latest tech. You get a 12.3-inch central touchscreen alongside a 12.3-inch digital display for the driver, and a colour head-up display. There is suite of driver assistance systems, including an enhanced version of the Leaf’s excellent ProPilot system semi-autonomous adaptive cruise control, with lane-keeping assistance and Nissan’s Safety Shield active safety systems.

The Ariya gets a new 'hey Nissan' voice control system as well as Alexa voice functionality. There's also a Nissan smartphone app to check battery status and set the climate control remotely as you can in many of its electric rivals.

Nissan Ariya (2021) interior view

Nissan says that it has the room of a much larger car inside, and this is down to the space efficiency of an electric car, which does not need to house the bulky engine and gearbox in the usual place.

It's a smart new look

The Ariya is certainly more stylish than the Leaf. There are ultra-slim LED headlights upfront, with a contrasting light blade at the rear. it gets animated indicators, two-tone paint schemes and sits on striking large wheels. The design was previewed in 2019 in a concept car – also called the Ariya – and much has remains unchanged going into production.

It has a long wheebase (the distance between the axle lines), which should deliver that promised extra room inside. It's about the same length as an E-Trail, but the wheelbase is more than 7cm longer.

Performance and range – very competitive

The Ariya comes with the choice of two- or four-wheel drive, and will be offered with two power and torque outputs. The entry-level front-wheel drive 63kWh Ariya develops 220hp and 300Nm for a maximum speed of 99mph and a 0-62mph time of 7.5 seconds. Nissan says that this version will have a 233-mile range in real-world WLTP testing. The version with the larger 87kWh battery pack and delivers 245bhp with the front-drive motor, and this one covers up to 310 miles on a single charge.

Nissan Ariya (2021) profile view

The four-wheel drive versions are use what Nissan calls its e-4orce system. With the 63kWh battery pack you get 275hp for a 0-62mph time of 5.9 seconds and a range of up to 211 miles. The 87kWh four-wheel drive model boasts 310hp and a 285 miles of range.

Star of the show will be the range-topping Ariya 87kWh Performance model. You get 395hp and 600Nm of torque for a 0-62mph time of 5.1 seconds. Maximum speed is 124mph. Battery range for the Performance model drops to 248 miles.

Charging options

The 63kWh Ariyas get a 7kW charger for home connections and the the 87kWh versions come with a 22kW three-phase set-up, where the home set-up can deliver this. The good news is that it uses the latest CCS charger set-up, and can support the fsatest public charging, with up to 130kW.

Nissan Ariya (2021) charging options

What this means for you

If you're a Leaf owner and your family or lifestyle requires the move to a larger car, then your next EV has arrived. The jump in tech and efficiency over that car is significant, and will be obvious right from the off. There's no word on pricing yet, and that will be a highly significant factor as this sector of the market really begins to heat up.

It will be an early arrival in the electric SUV market, but expect that to rapidly change is the opposition piles in on what is rapidly becoming an EV goldrush. Nissan hasn't quoted an on-sale date for the UK yet, but expect it to arrive early in 2021.

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Nissan Ariya (2021) rear view