The EV is meant to offer unparalleled connectivity.
Nissan has unveiled a new concept at the Auto Shanghai car show: the Arizon SUV. The concept was designed to meet China's mobility needs and Nissan's bigger role in moving toward an electrified future. We have no idea if it will inspire a vehicle that will eventually come to the US, but given its potential, we wouldn't be surprised.
The company is planning on releasing 27 electrified models by 2030, with 19 of them being EVs on its way to 55% electrification by 2030. The Nissan Ariya, which debuted in the US last year, is our first taste of the brand's electric future, and after having driven it we believe if Nissan can keep them coming like this it's going to be very competitive moving forward.
The Arizon was designed by a Chinese team as a multifunctional partner for Chinese drivers. The vehicle features an attractive, athletic design that appears to be inspired somewhat by the Rogue and Pathfinder designs - the latter was also treated to a new concept at Auto Shanghai. Built on the company's CMF EV platform, the Arizon features a low center of gravity and a gorgeous B- and C-pillarless design that we all know will never make it to production.
The vehicle has an auto-dimming glass roof (a necessary addition for all glass roofs) along with a modern, minimalist, and technologically advanced interior we would expect on a concept. Of course, there are no buttons to be seen, being replaced with touch controls and a massive touchscreen. A new personal assistant named Eporo debuts to help make the driver's life easier, though we doubt it will be as adorable as what Mini is cooking up with Spike the British Bulldog as an in-car personal assistant.
The final main feature is an interactive lighting system that recognizes people and automatically adjusts the lighting to their preferences. The modes featured include Leisure, Relax, Sleep, and, entertainingly, Surprise. Finally, Nissan says the connectivity the car offers will blend digital and physical realities, though that feels more like a fluff-filled marketing line than anything else.
The Arizon seems interesting, but not as interesting as the other concept the brand brought to the Shanghai Auto Show: the Max-Out concept. This futuristic electric convertible sports car is an example of the wide breadth of EVs the brand is working on, and it's truly wild, featuring some of the coolest wheels we've ever seen.
Unfortunately, if it does become a production car, we most likely won't see it for quite a while. The next electric models to hit our shores will be the Juke, Rogue, and Rogue Sport. As these are volume sellers, it makes the most sense, but that doesn't mean we have to like it.
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