The teasing game has begun for Nissan's Leaf crossover.
Nissan has had a relatively good history when it comes to concepts, producing a number of cars for the real world that actually deviated very little from the zany designs of the concepts on which they were based. One such example is the wacky Nissan Juke, but more normal-looking cars like the Nissan Leaf haven't been far off the original design either. And who could forget the concept of the R35 Nissan GT-R, which saw many of its design cues carried over to the production model? Well, Nissan is keeping to that sort of strategy, and the upcoming Ariya electric SUV is evidence thereof.
In a lone teaser, we've been given our first look at the production Ariya, and from the shadowy image, it would appear to stay true to the concept.
The above photos show both the teaser image and those of the concept car set to rival the Tesla Model Y, depicting LED lighting shaped remarkably similar to the concept car. Still, there are some notable changes. We can see that the headlights will be bolder and less uniform than those on the original concept and the LED running lights that extend into the grille appear to have gained some girth too. There's also the addition of a shark-fin aerial on the roof, but it seems that the concept's spoiler will carry over. When the Ariya was first unveiled, the concept already looked production-ready, making use of traditional mirrors instead of cameras and other sorts of design elements that wouldn't reach the production car.
As for what will power the Ariya, it's expected to make use of Nissan's new e-4ORCE all-wheel control system with multiple electric motors. Riding on a new platform that will likely underpin the next-generation Nissan Leaf, the Ariya is expected to near 300 miles of electric range - outpacing the Leaf's current 226-mile EPA rating.
While the exterior remains quite true to the concept, in both the teaser and recent patent filings, we expect the interior to be far more traditional than the concept car's digital interface. Still, elements like the floating dash and twin infotainment/driver instrumentation displays are likely to remain.