This Is What Makes The Nissan Ariya So Spacious

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An efficient design allows for maximum space and passenger comfort.

The Nissan Leaf is currently the only electric vehicle available from the manufacturer. That's all set to change, though, with the Ariya SUV set to join the lineup imminently. Underpinned by the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance shared CMF-EV platform, the EV is the first of several upcoming vehicles to utilize the architecture.

Referred to as a "magic flying carpet", Nissan says the platform's versatility allows designers to push the boundaries of what they thought was possible, providing enhanced interior space while accommodating the brand's e-4ORCE drivetrain technology. The brand's VP of Product Planning, Pierre Loing, describes it as a "marvel of creative engineering."

The motoring alliance will release 15 models based upon the platform by 2030, as part of its strategy to move further into the electrification sphere. Loing added, "CMF-EV is defined by technological innovation and the potential of its modularity, paving the way for the next exciting generation of electric vehicles from Nissan and our Alliance partners."

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When developing CMF-EV, engineers elected to give the platform a flat construction bed. The battery packs were designed from the get-go to be slim, and form a structural support system for the platform. Following the Nissan design philosophy of "Ma", designers were able to maximize the Ariya's cabin space without sacrificing anything.

The air-conditioning unit, for example, was moved further forward, creating a larger occupant area. The lack of a transmission tunnel also allowed designers to take advantage of the space on hand. Seating positions were also optimized to provide a "lounge-like experience." Additionally, the Ariya's cabin offers a movable central console, for further convenience.

The benefits don't end with a spacious cabin. The CMF-EV platform can accommodate myriad power units and drivetrains, offering customers plenty of flexibility. Available with a single- or dual-motor setup, the brand's e-4ORCE configuration is described as Nissan's most advanced all-wheel control technology.

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The system lends the driver confidence on several road surfaces, regulating control via highly accurate motor and braking inputs. What's more, it also aids vehicle comfort by reducing pitch under braking and enhancing brake balance to provide a smoother, more stable ride.

Front-wheel-drive derivatives will arrive in the fall of this year, with AWD variants following shortly thereafter. Pricing will kick off at $45,950 for a base model with 238 horsepower and an estimated range of between 285 and 300 miles. More expensive models can be had, with the range-topping Platinum+ e-4ORCE AWD priced at $58,950. This has a slightly lower estimated range of 265 miles but its dual electric motors produce a healthier 389 hp.

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