Nissan announces commercial model of new crossover SUV type EV “Aria”

 Nissan announces commercial model of new crossover SUV type EV “Aria”

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. announced that it will release a commercial model of the crossover SUV type electric vehicle “Ariya” in July 2020 .

This was revealed in a news release released by Nissan for the US market . In this news release, entitled “For Nissan, the concept is just the first step to reality,” the concept that Nissan has exhibited at the motor show so far. You can compare the images of the car and the commercial model based on it.

The “IDS Concept” exhibited at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show …

In 2017, it became a commercial model as the second generation “Leaf”.

The “Gripz Concept” exhibited at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show …

For the second generation “Juke” announced in Europe in 2019.

And at the end, the image of “Aria Concept” released at Tokyo Motor Show 2019 and “Aria Commercial Model” still hidden in the dark shadow is posted, and the latter is “2020” “July” is written.

The whole picture is literally in the dark, but the thin headlamps lined with square LED (presumably) lights and the lighting strips that border the front grille from below are inherited from the concept car. Can be confirmed.

However, I don’t know anything else, so let’s make the image a little brighter.

Now you can recognize the whole silhouette.

As an SUV, you can see that the windshield and rear window, which have a steep slope, follow the concept car. Since the rear spoiler that is installed lower than the roof remains, it seems that the roofline like the coupe that Nissan describes as “sleek” is the same as the commercial model.

However, while the concept car was designed with the roof and front and rear windowpanes seamlessly connected, the silhouette of the commercial model clearly has a seam-like corner between the roof and the windshield. The roof may be a common metal panel instead of glass. The shark fin type antenna added to the rear end of the roof also makes you feel the reality like a commercial model.

And maybe to ensure collision safety, the rear bumper also protrudes from the concept car, so it seems likely that you will have to give up the clean back view of the aria concept that looks like it was scraped off with a spatula. ..

In addition, the painting of the concept car was beautiful, with fine flakes like glass beads contained in multiple layers of paint, which looked like silver or cobalt blue depending on the amount of light (“Comet Blue”). romantic name was not given that), the story was heard from the direction of the developers at the Tokyo motor show According to, because this painting was that of “Please consider it a show car Special dish products”, It should not be adopted as it is in commercial models.

Rich twin motor four-wheel drive

Little has been revealed so far about what’s more interesting. However, the concept exhibited at the Tokyo Motor Show was equipped with two motors, one in the front and one in the front, and featured four-wheel drive, which drives the front and rear wheels individually. , It is expected that the commercial model will also be an “electric yong”.

The “Leaf” electric vehicle currently sold by Nissan has only front-wheel drive with only one motor, so people living in snowy countries are looking forward to a four-wheel drive EV because of its high ground clearance. it might be. Unlike cars with an internal combustion engine on the front, a twin-motor four-wheel drive EV does not require a propeller shaft to transmit driving force to the rear wheels. Therefore, there is an advantage that the floor inside the car can be flattened and the passenger’s feet can be spacious.

Regarding motors and batteries, at the Tokyo Motor Show, “I can’t say exactly how many horsepower or specs, but it has evolved beyond the Leaf. Please look forward to the specs when the commercial model was announced.” I heard the words. Let’s wait for the announcement in July. By the way, the high-performance version “e +” of Nissan LEAF is equipped with a lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 62kWh, and the maximum output of the motor is 160kW (218ps).

In addition, the current Leaf battery cooling system is air-cooled, but it is rumored that Aria, which uses the new-generation EV platform, will adopt a liquid-cooled system that enables more precise battery temperature control. .. If that is the case, “evolution” can be expected in the sense that the battery can exhibit more stable performance and suppress deterioration.

“Shield” instead of grill

In terms of driving assistance technology, which is indispensable for modern new models, Aria should be equipped with more advanced functions than the Leaf. The front grille, which emits a V-shaped light on the front, is not actually a “grill” to be exact. For EV arias that do not require cooling air to be taken into the engine, it is expected that the radar, camera, and sonar required for the latest version of driving assistance technology “ProPilot 2.0” will be installed behind this instead of a radiator. That’s why Nissan calls this part a “shield” rather than a grill.

Nissan’s ProPilot 2.0 uses GPS and 3D high-precision map data in addition to the information obtained from these in-vehicle sensors. It not only controls the accelerator and brakes to keep the proper distance from the vehicle in front on the highway, supports steering to keep the center of the lane, but also decelerates according to the curvature on the curve. If you get closer to the desired highway exit, it will also assist you in changing lanes.

As mentioned above, the news release only says “July 2020″, but according to the EV information site ” InsideEVs “, the Aria commercial model will be released on July 15 in Yokohama, Japan (Nissan Motor’s global headquarters). It will be announced at the place where there is). I will tell you again when the commercial model is released.

There are many rivals

The Nissan LEAF, which was the forerunner of practical mass-market EVs, was reported to have sold more than 450,000 units worldwide in January 2020, but in recent years Tesla has introduced the (relatively) inexpensive “Model 3” . In fact, the breakthrough of Chinese-made EVs has forced us to struggle a little. Nissan, which recognizes itself as an EV pioneer, wants to make a comeback with an aria that has poured the latest technology into the crossover SUV type body that continues to be popular worldwide. However, there are many rivals.

Tesla will start delivering the new “Model Y” midsize SUV in March this year . Following Audi’s “e-tron” and Mercedes-Benz’s “EQC” ( pictured above), BMW will soon release the “iX3” and Volkswagen will release the “ID.4”. In addition, Jaguar’s “I-PACE” , which is already on sale, Volvo’s “XC40 Recharge” , which has started accepting orders in Europe , and Peugeot’s “e-2008” will be officially introduced to Japan from the same PSA group. Even with brands familiar in Japan such as the fixed “DS3 Crossback E-TENSE”, Mazda’s “MX-30” and Lexus’ “UX300e” , there is plenty of time to list the crossover SUV type EVs that have been released or announced. There is no such thing. Under such circumstances, how much presence can “Nissan of Technology” show its presence with the backing of the track record built with more than 450,000 Leafs?

Bradley Reeds