The new EV debuts on July 15th.
During an event on July 15, Nissan will reveal its second all-electric model called the Ariya. Unlike the 2020 Nissan Leaf, which is a hatchback, the 2021 Ariya will be a crossover based on the Ariya Concept. And based on the teasers that have been released so far, the production version should look nearly identical to the concept. But before the Ariya makes its official debut in two weeks, Nissan has decided to tease it for what may be the final time.
Nissan has included more than just a shadowy image this time, with a video revealing some important details on the production car. The video opens by showing some design sketches and clay models of the Ariya before getting into the real details.
The first real-life element we see is the LED headlight, which features a unique signature that carries on into the grille. Another shadowy image at the end of the image confirms that the lower strips, which are likely the daytime running lights, continue well into the center of the front fascia.
At the rear, we see that the production Ariya will keep the connected taillight strip that runs along the length of the tailgate. The 'NISSAN' logo at the back won't be lit as it was on the concept but it does seem to replace traditional Nissan emblem. There is also a prominent 'Ariya' badge, likely located at the rear, which uses its own unique font.
The Ariya will ride on a new platform that should be shared with the next-generation Leaf. We expect the Ariya to offer anywhere from 200 to 300 miles of range in the US market, which should make it competitive with the Hyundai Kona EV and Kia Niro EV. Pricing may not be announced at launch but we predict a starting MSRP of around $40,000 before incentives.