During the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show, Nissan showed to the world the Ariya concept. While it may look like just another futuristic-looking crossover Nissan has cooked up, the Ariya actually serves as a precursor for a future all-electric crossover. Featuring a streamlined and clean design, it looks as if the Ariya is ready for production.
Fast forward to the present day, and Nissan is getting ready to reveal the Ariya very soon. Just recently, the automaker dropped a teaser image of the upcoming electric crossover which is set to be revealed on July 15, 2020. The dark image hides most of the Ariya's lines, but it appears that it will stay relatively faithful to the concept's styling.
Beginning with the front fascia, the distinct headlight and daytime running light design appear to be the same as with the original concept. The V-Motion front grille, meanwhile, appears to have been made smaller than the one seen on the concept. Nissan even mentioned that grille will function as a shield as the Ariya will come with Nissan's intelligent ProPilot driver assistance system.
As for the overall shape, it looks like it will have a similar design, although we won't be surprised if Nissan made some changes to the final version. We were able to get a glimpse of the crossover weeks before when Nissan revealed they will be launching a total of 13 new cars within the next 18 months.
There is still no word yet as to what electric powertrain drives the Ariya. Our best guess is that it will have a similar system to the LEAF (which is set to be launched in the Philippines soon). With a two-pronged approach on the EV market, Nissan will be able to tap both the C-segment crossover and compact car segments, respectively via the Ariya and LEAF.
With only two weeks to go before the global launch, the Ariya might serve as a pivotal moment for Nissan as it heads towards further vehicle electrification, while also riding out the COVID-19 pandemic that has affected the company's target sales and vehicle production.