We drove: Nissan Ariya

Since Nissan doesn’t believe in plug-in rechargeable cordless hybrids, the Ariya isn’t made as a plug-in hybrid either, it only comes with a purely electric drive. The brand is so heavily prepared to switch to electric cars that it won’t even invest in bringing engines up to the next Euro 7 exhaust gas cleanliness standard, and from 2023 onwards, it won’t introduce a new car with a purely internal combustion engine in Europe. So whatever is a gasoline engine will be a hybrid. According to the Ambition 2030 plan, by the 2026 fiscal year, 75 percent of their new cars sold may be electrified, and by 2030, 100 percent will be electric or some kind of hybrid.

The chassis is completely covered, but the target shape of the car is not exceptionally good, 0.297

But let’s get back to the Ariya technology, which is largely common to Renault Mégane E-Tech, but in a much larger body. The CMF-EV floor plate is brand new, with a choice of two battery packs and drive modes.

The smaller battery has a gross battery capacity of 65 kWh and a net capacity of 90 kWh, of which 87 kilowatt-hours can be driven. In both cases, the batteries are liquid-cooled, which is important because they cannot overheat as long as the LEAF air-cooled batteries with successive lightning charges, which severely limits the speed of DC charging. The Ariyas will come to Europe with a CCS charger, there will be no hassle with the lossy CHAdeMO connector.

130 kW is the maximum DC charging power that competitors in the Korean and VW groups know more as a peak. But shortening the charging time actually depends on how long the car charges at three-digit values, not at the peak value. As the Ariya is also the car of the Renault-Nissan alliance, with 22 kilowatts of AC charging available as standard or extra, depending on the market, this is good news because many public chargers in Hungary can deliver that much, compared to many new models with 11 kW. os the peak, the Ariya can charge faster. The onboard AC charger is 7.4 kilowatts.

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The electric motor of the single-engine, front-wheel drive Ariyas can be 218 or 242 horsepower, with an equal torque of 300 Nm

A single- and twin-engine Nissan Ariya will also be produced. In the former, the nose motor drives the front wheels, which is an important difference compared to the rear-wheel MEB cars, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 or the Kia EV6, but is similar to the Toyota bZ4X. Engine power with the smaller battery is 160 kW, which is 218 horsepower, while the larger cordless but front-wheeled Nissan Ariya electric machine delivers 178 kilowatts, or 242 horsepower.

Both front-wheel drive versions have a maximum torque of 300 Nm. With the increased engine power, the heavier battery-packed Ariya accelerates from 0 to 100 km / h in almost the same way as the smaller ones, with 7.5 and 7.6 seconds respectively. With a front and rear engine of 206 kW, Nissan Ariya’s peak performance, the 280-horsepower model shoots out to 100 in 5.9 seconds, which is the level of the V6’s 350Z sports coupe. According to other data, this version is 225 kW, 306 horsepower and has a torque of 600 Nm.

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Acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h between 5.1 and 7.6 seconds, depending on engine (s) and battery capacity

Interestingly, Nissan doesn’t control the top speed of the twin-engine, big-battery model at 160, but lets up to 200 like Polestar’s own cars or Ford’s Mustang Mach-E GT, Audi’s big e-tron.

With four-wheel drive, Nissan promises advanced torque distribution with the E-4ORCE system, which can make the car more agile and safer. In performance, the E-4ORCE has a total output of 290 kW / 394 horsepower, bringing the acceleration time to zero-hundredths in 5.1 seconds.

We don’t have final WLTP data for range yet, the manufacturer estimates that the front-wheel drive models can cover 360 and 500 km on a single charge, depending on battery capacity, and the 4 × 4 twin-engine, big-battery Nissan Ariya has a range of 340 km. During the homologation, Nissan may find a few more kilometers, which are approximate numbers. With a 63 battery, the figure could be 403 km instead of the 360 ​​reported in its day. That is, they promise an average consumption of 15-18 kWh per 100 kilometers according to the standard.

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Not only is the space huge at the back, it’s easy to sneak through doors that open almost at right angles. There is seat heating on the outboard seats and central air supply


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