FORCE OF WONDER
Nissan is pushing ahead with its plan to launch ten models in the next 20 months. The first was the new Rogue/X-Trail and now we’re getting a fully electric model to quench the eco thirst.
Called the Ariya, it’s basically the production version of the concept introduced at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show. It features new styling for Nissan, with slim headlights and taillights, a new version of the V-Motion corporate grille with Nissan’s new brand logo in the centre and subtle creases along the flanks of the car.
A low coupe-like roofline, 19-inch aluminium wheels with chunky wheel arches and a two-tone black roof paired with one of ten body paint colours gives the Aria quite a bit of presence. Size-wise, it has a similar footprint to the X-Trail.
Inside is quite conservative but still modern, with HVAC touch panels replacing a centre console almost entirely. There’s still a gear selector and storage space between the seats but nothing to join it to the dashboard like a traditional vehicle has. Nissan says it’s closer in design to a “sleek cafe lounge on a starship, evoking performance and intrigue than to a traditional automotive cabin.”
We will keep you updated as to when it will be available in New Zealand.
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