The new Nissan Ariya expected in Ireland in 2021
The new Nissan Ariya expected in Ireland in 2021

Nissan is expanding its line-up of electric cars with the debut of the new Nissan Ariya.

The new all-electric coupé crossover will go on sale in Ireland in 2021, with pricing and specifications to be announced closer to launch.

It’s a car that will build on the success of the Nissan LEAF hatchback, one of Ireland’s favourite and most established electric cars. Indeed the new Ariya draw’s on the Japanese brand’s pioneering EV and crossover from the LEAF and the popular Nissan Qashqai family SUV.

Nissan says the Ariya is designed for the autonomous age, “combining powerful performance, connected technologies and revolutionary new EV design as the icon of Nissan’s innovative and electric future”.

Battery and charging the new Ariya

The new Nissan Ariya will have a range up to an impressive 500 km (WLTP). There will be five core models in the range combining 63 kWh and 87 kWh batteries with two-wheel-drive and e-4ORCE, Nissan’s most advanced all-wheel drive technology.

A Combined Charging System (CCS) will be available on Ariyas sold in Europe to facilitate fast charging. The Nissan Ariya 63 kWh versions will carry a 7.4 kW charger for domestic use, while the 87 kWh will include a 22 kW 3 phase charger for home charging. The Ariya can also support fast charging up to 130 kW.

The interior of the Nissan Ariya
The interior of the Nissan Ariya

The brand says that the new Nissan Ariya will represent the ultimate expression of Nissan Intelligent Mobility, featuring Nissan’s latest safety technologies and driving performance, promising drivers a seamless, intuitive and adaptive experience. It comes with an enhanced version of ProPILOT, which is already familiar to many Nissan LEAF drivers. It provides hands-on assistance to help drivers stay centred in their lane, navigate stop-and-go motorway traffic and maintain a set vehicle speed and distance from the vehicle ahead.

Driver assistance features also include the e-Pedal, which was first introduced in the Nissan LEAF, allowing drivers to launch, accelerate and decelerate down to a stop by using only the accelerator.

Inside the new Nissan Ariya

The Nissan Ariya’s interior is designed to meet the needs of tech-savvy customers. The minimalist dashboard is devoid of buttons and switches. Primary control functions vibrate when touched and only appear when the car is switched on. The reimagined interior allows for an entirely flat floor, resulting in a wide, open lounge-like experience and what we are promised is the most spacious cabin in its class.

James, McCarthy, CEO of Nissan Ireland, said:

“The launch of Nissan Ariya marks the start of a new era for Nissan electric vehicles and the acceleration of Nissan’s path to electrification. Nissan started the journey to electrification 10 years ago with the mass market LEAF and invented the crossover segment with the launch of the Qashqai in 2007. The Nissan Ariya builds on our brand’s pioneering expertise in EVs and crossovers to better answer the needs of our customers.

At Nissan, we have been making electric vehicles longer than anyone else. We are the EV experts and the original mass market EV, the Nissan LEAF, continues to be the best-selling EV in Ireland. The Nissan Ariya  electric coupé crossover marks the second milestone in our ambition to electrify more than 50% of our line up by 2023 and we look forward to seeing it on Irish roads,” he added.

The new Nissan Ariya electric coupé crossover will be available to pre-order at your local Nissan dealer from January 2021. Delivery is scheduled for autumn 2021.

The Ariya will be capable of 130 kW fast charging
The Ariya will be capable of 130 kW fast charging