Nissan has unveiled an electric crossover concept called Ariya at the Tokyo Motor Show and it showcases not only the future design direction for the brand but also highlights the technology that the brand will offer in the not-too-distant future.
The Ariya concept shares design elements with the 2017 IMx concept and some of these include the electrified V-motion ‘shield’, a rear light blade, short overhangs and a spacious lounge-like cabin that’s packed with technology.
While this is just a concept, Nissan does state that the unconventional interior and exterior elements could make it into production in the near future.
On the inside, a flat floor creates a sense of space and the dashboard features a minimalist design that’s devoid of buttons and switches you would typically see in a conventional car. Instead, integrated haptic touch controls on the instrument panel, a start button, a single knob to for the 12.3-inch display and climate controls are the only controls to be seen, most of which integrate into the surfaces when they are not in use.
A thin seat design creates more space inside the Ariya concept and the seats are positioned in a way to maximise visibility. A mix of materials are used for the interior including perforated leather, copper fabric, synthetic leather and satin copper-coloured aluminium accents, to name a few.
Details regarding the Ariya’s electric powertrain are slim but Nissan does say that it’s powered by dual front/rear electric motors that ensure “powerful acceleration”. More so, Nissan claims that the Ariya’s power delivery is equal to or better than many premium sports cars.
As the embodiment of Nissan Intelligent Mobility, the Ariya is equipped with ProPILOT 2.0 which combines navigated highway driving with hands-off single-lane driving capability. Using the navigation and 360-degree sensing, the vehicle can autonomously execute actions such as overtaking, lane diversions and lane exits.