While we wait for the real model to arrive.
It's been more than two years since the Nissan Ariya was revealed to the world, but the all-electric crossover still hasn't arrived in US dealers. This will finally change next year when the Ariya goes on sale and takes on the Tesla Model Y. Expectations for the Ariya are high, as Nissan expects it to outsell the ludicrously popular Leaf. This will be no mean feat as the Leaf was the world's best-selling EV before that accolade was taken by the Tesla Model 3.
While the production Ariya won't arrive until next year, you can now build your own papercraft origami model of the electric crossover just in time for Christmas.
For now, this is the only way you can own a Nissan Ariya. The angular design lines of the Ariya lend well to a paper model. If you're looking for a fun and creative activity to keep your car-obsessed family occupied over the holiday, several scale-size paper models of popular Nissan cars can be downloaded for free online including the Leaf, Kicks, Note, and GT-R. All you need to get started is some blank paper or card, glue, scissors, a craft knife or box cutter, and a ruler. For the best results, Nissan recommends using thicker paper and quick-drying adhesive such as wood glue.
We expect these will be popular, as Infiniti's similar "Caragami" models were downloaded thousands of times. Available with front- or all-wheel drive, the real-life Ariya will start at $45,950, undercutting the Tesla Model Y. With FWD, the Ariya utilizes a single-electric motor generating 238 horsepower and has an estimated range of 285-300 miles depending on the trim.
The AWD model, on the other hand, produces 389 hp from a dual electric motor setup and has an estimated range of 265 miles. Deliveries of the FWD Ariya will start in fall 2022, followed by the AWD variants in late fall.