2021 Nissan Ariya electric SUV revealed: price, specs and release date

The Nissan Ariya is a high-tech electric SUV with a 310-mile range and futuristic looks…

In order to explain why the new Nissan Ariya could represent a watershed moment for electric cars, we need to have a little history lesson, so pay attention at the back.

Nissan Ariya EV SUV (Image: Nissan)

Nissan Ariya EV SUV (Image: Nissan)

In 2006, Nissan changed the game for SUVs with the launch of the Qashqai – the first mass-market family SUV which showed that you could have a high-set driving position and family friendly practicality without the sky-high running costs of a traditional off-roader. Then, in 2010, lightning struck twice with the Nissan Juke – a small SUV which took the Qashqai’s very successful formula, shrank it considerably, and lowered running costs yet again. Both cars, unsurprisingly, have sold like proverbial hot cakes ever since. The point is that Nissan has a habit of shaking up the market when it launches a new SUV, which is exactly why the new Ariya is such big news.

The Ariya is a fully electric large SUV, with styling that’s not changed dramatically from 2019’s concept car of the same name. Slim LED lights and a Nissan badge which lights up to welcome you to the car gives the Ariya a futuristic look, while its sloping rear roofline means this Nissan walks a fine line between traditional and coupe-styled SUV. Some of the concept’s frivolities, though, such as cameras replacing traditional door mirrors, haven’t made it to production. You can bet that the next Qashqai family SUV will take strong cues from the Ariya when it arrives later this year, too.

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