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Nissan Reveals New Ariya EV Coming in 2021

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A new electric crossover is joining the Nissan lineup.

The Japanese automaker recently revealed the final version of the Nissan Ariya EV, a crossover similar in size to the Rogue. First introduced as a concept car in 2019, the model is heading to production soon, just in time for its planned arrival as a 2022 product.

According to Nissan, the Ariya EV will be offered in two types of configurations: a one-motor layout that delivers up to 215 horsepower and 221 lb-ft of torque and a two-motor version that makes up to 389 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque.

The former will have a front-wheel-drive setup while the latter will be equipped with Nissan’s e-4ORCE all-wheel-drive setup.

Customers will be given two choices for battery packs, both available regardless of the drivetrain selected by the buyer. A 63.0-kWh unit will come as standard equipment, while an 87.0-kWh unit will be available for those who would like to upgrade to a larger battery pack.

When equipped in Ariya EV’s single-motor trim, Nissan claims the larger battery pack can go for up to 300 miles in range on a single charge.

Also issued as standard equipment is a one-pedal driving feature that uses Nissan’s regenerative braking system.

In terms of design and styling, the 2022 Ariya shows a more futuristic concept than any other model in Nissan’s U.S. lineup. This includes the model’s “shield-style” front grille that showcases a new Nissan logo.

Although the car is said to be similar to the Rogue, considering its length of 182.9 inches, the Ariya has a longer wheelbase and is also lower and wider than its gas-powered sibling.

The EV can sit up to five passengers, who can all partake in its large 12.3-inch screens (one for the gauge clusters and the other for the central infotainment display), a row of touch-capacitive HVAC buttons, as well as wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability.

It’s also fitted with the automaker’s ProPilot 2.0 that includes hands-free driving tech with lane-changing function, automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, and other features.

The Nissan Ariya EV is expected to arrive in the U.S. in late 2021, a few months after its official release in Japan. It’s likely to pick up a starting price of $40,000.

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