Second Nissan Electric Vehicle When it introduced the LEAF to the U.S. market in 2010, Nissan became one of the first car companies to deliver a mainstream production electric car to the masses. Ten years on, the Japan-based automaker introduces its second electric model — the Ariya. A compact crossover EV with seating for five, the Nissan Ariya will achieve a range of around 300 miles and be available with all-wheel drive. Note: All photos shown are the Japan-Spec Ariya.
Much Like the Concept At the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show last fall, Nissan provided an early look at Ariya when it premiered the Ariya Concept. At the time we observed that — unlike previous Nissan concepts — the Ariya already looked ready for production. This notion proved to be true; not much of Ariya changed in the transition from concept to production.
Part of the Plan “The Ariya, a key model in Nissan’s plan to roll out 10 new models in 20 months, demonstrates our commitment to meeting customer demand for crossovers with the most advanced electrified, automated and connected technologies,” said Nissan COO Ashwani Gupta. “The company expects sales of its EVs and e-POWER electrified models to be more than 1 million units a year by the end of fiscal 2023. The Ariya will play a significant role in attaining that goal,” Gupta predicted.