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Nissan Ariya EV leaked in patent renderings

Images show all-electric crossover is well on its way; takes design inspiration from the twin-motor Tokyo show concept car

The production version of the all-electric Nissan Ariya is on its way - and these patented digital models give us a clear look at how the brand’s family SUV is shaping up. 

The renderings show us that while some features are carried over from the Ariya concept first revealed at the 2019 Tokyo motor show, other details have inevitably been tweaked for production. The headlight and grille treatment remains fairly faithful to the concept, but details around the bumper become a little fussier than the concept’s clean look.

Likewise, the overall profile looks fairly similar, though details like the charging port in the front wing are integrated into the front wing in a less complex way. The images suggest that the road-going Ariya will ride on smaller wheels than the concept’s 21-inch items, too. Expect LED lighting tech to feature, and the concept’s full-width rear light bar is likely to make it onto showroom models.

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Nissan designers have also hinted that the blue highlights of previous electric vehicles will be swapped for the more premium appearance of copper detailing for the Ariya.

At 4,600mm long, the Ariya concept is just 40mm shorter than the current X-Trail, but its 2,775mm wheelbase is 75mm longer. That should enable the production model to have a huge amount of interior space - made all the more possible thanks to a completely flat cabin floor granted by the packaging benefits of an electric platform. The move to electrification has also allowed Nissan engineers to move items like the air conditioning unit - usually stored behind the dashboard in a combustion car - under the bonnet instead, enabling a more open space for front seat passengers.

The final version of the Ariya is set to ride on the CMF-EV platform developed within the  Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance; the same underpinnings set to be used by an all-new Renault electric SUV previewed in our exclusive images.

Details of the production models drivetrain are still to be confirmed, but the concept used a twin-motor layout (one motor for each axle to give four-wheel drive). Nissan’s previous all-electric IMx concept was claimed to offer 429bhp and a range of 373 miles.

Meanwhile, semi-autonomous tech is also likely to feature heavily. Nissan’s ProPilot 2.0 system allows for hands-off single-lane driving, the ability to perform overtaking manoeuvres, and negotiate motorway exit ramps.

Official prices and release dates are still to be confirmed, but like its Renault stablemate, the Ariya is likely to go on sale mid-to-late 2021.

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