The Nissan Ariya is only 2 weeks away.
Last week, Nissan released a teaser for its all-new electric SUV with the announcement it'll debut next month. Today, however, the reveal date for the Nissan Ariya has been confirmed by Automotive News Europe. Nissan CEO Makoto Uchida stated at the automaker's annual shareholder conference on Monday the Ariya's unveiling will be on July 15. Exact details about the vehicle still remain under lock and key, though that latest teaser indicates its exterior styling will closely resemble the concept. Patents drawings discovered in April provide further proof as well.
The Ariya isn't simply an SUV crossover version of the Nissan Leaf. It'll have the new e-4ORCE all-wheel-drive powertrain and the automaker's latest ProPilot 2.0 hands-free automated driving system, which hit the Japanese market last year.
"The highlight of the new Ariya is the fusion of electrification and advanced driver-assist technologies that is expected to develop into self-driving cars in the future," Uchida said. "We expect the all-new Ariya to play a key role as a brand driver and face of Nissan for the new era."
Production will take place in Japan where it'll go on sale first before its arrival in the US, Europe, and China. The Ariya is much more than just a Tesla Model Y fighter. It's the first of eight all-electric vehicles Nissan plans to debut over the next 18 months. This plan will also see the reveal of 12 new global models. The Ariya, based on the limited details currently available, will carry a starting price of around $40,000 before tax credits and will have around a 300-mile range.
What will be interesting to see is whether or not the Ariya will affect sales of the Nissan Leaf hatchback. With the optional 62 kWh battery pack, the Leaf Plus has an EPA-rated range of 226 miles, and it too begins at nearly $40k. The base Leaf with a 149-mile range starts at around $31,000.
Given the fact the Ariya is all-new with more advanced technologies, better range, and its SUV body style, we wouldn't be surprised to see it outsell the Leaf in the coming years.