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It's part of a collaboration with Mitsubishi.

The Nissan Ariya is expected to give the Tesla Model Y a stern test when it eventually arrives. Unfortunately, the stylish Ariya's arrival in the United States has been delayed but in the meantime, Nissan is forging ahead with a number of new models to grow its electrified family. One is a stylish coupe-style SUV that was teased in July and the latest is something that's much less likely to make it stateside. According to Nissan, it will introduce a new "minivehicle" in Japan as part of a collaboration with Mitsubishi. The most notable aspect of this new EV is its diminutive size, although no pictures of the new model have been shared just yet.

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The Japanese marque says it will be 133.7 inches long, 57.4 inches wide, and 65.2 inches tall. One of the smallest vehicles in the US, the Chevrolet Spark, is nearly 10 inches longer. By comparison, the Nissan Leaf - which is more affordable than ever, by the way - is a giant. The Leaf is over 42 inches longer and over 12 inches wider than the new small EV, putting into perspective how tiny the latter is.

Another tiny Nissan in Japan, the Roox (pictured below), is much taller but has the same length as the new EV. Despite a battery capacity of just 20 kWh, Nissan says that the car will offer the cabin quietness and instant acceleration expected of an EV.

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The unnamed EV will come with various driver-assist technologies and can be used as a mobile power source. Nissan says that the EV's range will be enough for typical daily needs in Japan. Of course, its small size will also make it easy to maneuver and park in a country where congestion can often be an issue.

Pricing for the new minivehicle is expected to begin at 2 million yen (the equivalent of around $18,200) in Japan excluding subsidies. By comparison, the successful Leaf - which has sold over half a million units globally since 2010 - starts at over 3.3 million yen (just over $30,000) in that country. Sales of the new EV are set to begin in early FY2022 and although it's unlikely to ever make it to the US, we're intrigued by how much value Nissan has been able to squeeze out of such a tiny package.

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