New Nissan Ariya Teaser Proves That Tesla Better Watch Out

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The digital world premiere takes place on July 15.

Until the Tesla Model 3 overtook it earlier this year, the Nissan Leaf was the best-selling electric vehicle globally. If that's not a mark of the Leaf's success, nothing is. But while it has always been a solid EV, the Leaf isn't the most emotive car around.

Now, Nissan wants to change that by combining electric power and more sultry design with the new Nissan Ariya, which has just been teased again in a short video ahead of its digital world premiere on July 15. This comes just a week or two after Nissan teased the Ariya in a dark image that gave little away - this new video tells us a bit more.

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From the front, the Ariya once again appears to closely mimic the Ariya SUV concept that was unveiled last year, and that can only be a good thing. The chunky proportions are maintained, as are just about the longest LED running lights we've ever seen. A similar intake/cutout below the headlamps is visible, also staying true to the concept.

Along the sides, the thick black cladding around the arches has been carried over but appears slightly toned down. The charging port ahead of the front door is also visible. In profile, the coupe-like roofline remains, and one quick close-up of the alloy wheels showed off an intricate five-spoke design that is identical to what we saw on the concept.

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An overhead view revealed a black contrast roof, which may or may not be an option when the Ariya goes on sale. Overall, this seems to be about as close to a concept as it gets for a production car. There were no shots of the cabin, so it remains to be seen just how much of the concept's ultra-modern setup will be retained.

Under the striking sheet metal, the all-wheel-drive Ariya's electric motors should help it achieve a range of around 300 miles, so it will be more practical than the Leaf as well as a lot more desirable. All will be revealed in just a couple of days when the covers come off this Tesla Model Y rival, which is expected to start at around $40,000.

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