Tokyo 2019: Nissan Ariya Concept officially debuts

The Nissan Ariya Concept has made its debut at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show, which marks the start of a new era for the company as it seeks to redefine its philosophy and introduce a new design direction.

Built on an all-new electric vehicle platform, the Ariya features a dual-motor drive configuration for all-wheel drive, although the company did not disclose detailed specifications of the powertrain, merely noting that CHAdeMO DC quick charging is supported.

However, it stated that layout provides “excellent cornering performance and traction on slippery surfaces,” with knowledge gained from the development of the GT-R’s ATTESA E-TS torque split and Patrol’s Intelligent 4×4 systems.

When it came to styling the Ariya, Nissan followed the theme of “Timeless Japanese Futurism,” and created a rather attractive-looking crossover, finished here in Suisei Blue. The front is highlighted by a covered and patterned front grille, which is emphasised by light guides for a more contemporary take on the company’s V-motion signature.

Tokyo 2019: Nissan Ariya Concept officially debuts

Above this “front shield” are ultra-slim, four-element LED headlamps that are linked by black trim to create a more seamless look, while vertical slits are found on the corners of the bumper, acting as inlets. Meanwhile, the lower apron accommodates a wide intake that is marked out by silver trim located just above it, and wide front fenders add to the visual presence.

In profile, the Ariya sports 21-inch five-spoke aluminium wheels and a low, swooping roofline that leads into a steeply-raked C-pillars and a top-mounted spoiler. Things get a lot more angular at the rear, as the prominent haunches and tailgate form a sharp wedge that features a one-piece light blade that runs across the vehicle’s width.

There are no exhaust pipes here given the use of an EV powertrain, so the bottom of the bumper gets a lip instead. For those who are curious about the size of the EV, the Ariya measures 4,600 mm long, 1,920 mm wide (excluding the door mirrors) and 1,630 mm tall – the company didn’t provide numbers for the wheelbase.

Tokyo 2019: Nissan Ariya Concept officially debuts

The minimalism approach extends to the interior, with a dashboard that is largely uncluttered by buttons and switches. A 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment display is joined by a secondary unit that acts as a digital instrument cluster, while the climate controls are ingrained into the lower section of the dash – this is repeated for the rear passengers.

There’s also a full-width air vent sandwiched between the screens and climate controls, with other physical controls being a single knob to interface with the infotainment screen and the start button. Nissan claims an impressive of amount of interior space due to the Ariya’s skateboard-style EV powertrain – battery under the floor – and carefully selected the materials to create an inviting living space.

It isn’t just style and an EV powertrain being showcased here, as the Ariya also gets Nissan’s ProPILOT 2.0 suite of driver assistance systems that includes navigated highway driving with hands-off single-lane driving capabilities as well as Remote Park. There’s also a range of connected services like Door to Door Navigation, a Virtual Personal Assistan and a Smart Route Planner.

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