Nissan will (officially) pull the wraps off their Ariya Concept at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show, on October 23, but the cat’s already out of the bag.
The first images of the show car that were circulated on the web by Creative Trend and Web Car depict an electric crossover, with large enclosed grille, LED lights and sloping roofline, vaguely inspired by the IMx and IMQ concepts.
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We knew that Nissan was readying an electric crossover, a prototype of which was shown to U.S. dealers at a meeting in August, according to an Autonews report, with a near production concept being prepared for the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show.
Those who saw it at the dealer meeting in the States described it as having a hood shorter than the IMx, on which it was largely based, and a futuristic cabin that’s unlike anything on sale today. The vehicle is believed to adopt the company’s next-gen semi-autonomous driving technology, the ProPilot 2.0.
In terms of size, it’s expected to have a similar footprint to the Rogue (called X-Trail in Europe and other markets), while the clever packaging has reportedly opened up more space inside, comparable to the larger Murano.
The zero-emission SUV should be quite fast, with an estimated 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) sprint that could take under 5 seconds. The battery pack, whose capacity remains unknown, is said to give it a range of 300 miles (483 km) on a single charge.
If the information checks out, then Americans should get Nissan’s new zero-emission vehicle in the second half of 2021.
H/T to our reader Marcus Meyn!