2022 Nissan Ariya: 3 Prominent Features To Watch Out For

December 1st, 2020 by


The 2022 Nissan Ariya is set to give us that summertime gladness in 2021, and last week, the company graciously gave car journalists a sneak peek of their prototype in Los Angeles.

According to Brian Wong, from Green Car Reports, the concept was so close to completion that it was hard to distinguish it from the real thing. Nissan specifically said that 98% of the prototype would make it to the production model.

There were also many cool highlighting features noted by the selected onlookers involving the powertrains, the e-Pedal, the introduction of the ProPilot 2, and more. Let’s explore more of just what’s worth getting excited about.

Powertrain Selection

At the intimate showing of the Ariya prototype, Nissan confirmed that both of the battery sizes (the standard 65 kWh or long-range 90 kWh) will be offered in North America. These batteries will also be offered in front-wheel-drive (FWD) and all-wheel-drive (AWD). Those who want first-rate range should opt for the Long Range FWD model, which the automaker estimated should be 300 miles.

Specific battery power is 215 horses for the standard FWD with 221 lb-ft of torque. The Long Range FWD gets 239 horsepower with the same amount of torque, the reason being the motors don’t change between the two, however, the larger motors extract more power, which causes the power imbalance. Additionally, standard AWD gets 335 horsepower and 413 lb-ft of torque, while the Long Range AWD gets 389 horsepower and 442 lb-ft of torque.

New e-Pedal

The Ariya will take some cues from Nissan’s Leaf electric hatchback by switching things up with the one-pedal driving system, the e-Pedal. Rather than being brought to a complete stop, the 2022 electric crossover will sort of lag very slowly. This method allows the car to slow down easier to a stop, and with jerkiness kept at a minimum.


Revamped ProPilot 2

Nissan will make updates to its ProPilot 2 system, which is a driver assist setup that merges the company’s Intelligent Cruise Control and Steering Assist technologies, and utilizes a stop and hold function in order to make the vehicle completely cease its movement, hold it in place, and bring the driver back to speed once traffic starts to move again. This system has already launched in Japan but is expected to arrive in North America, along with the debut of the Ariya.

A lane-change button on the steering wheel is offered onto the ProPilot, which will also help to monitor navigation instructions. When approaching an exit, the car will change lanes as necessary and alert the driver for their interface as it nears the off-ramp. The fin-like antennas on the top rear of the SUV aid the GPS with a more accurate reading of the road.


Alternated Launching Dates

Don’t expect an all-in-one package deal from Nissan when the Ariya finally appears on the market. The automaker plans on only releasing one powertrain configuration on its set release date, with the others following suit at undetermined periods. Some car sites say that it’s plausible that there will be a special (a.k.a expensive) launch edition with the Long Range battery, just before the debut of other variants. 

Furthermore, there have been no changes in the starting price of $40,000, (plus destination fee). One thing that is certain is that Nissan will have their hands full next year with the debut of the Ford Mustang Mach-E and Volkswagen ID.4, on top of the Ariya. 

The second thing that is certain, is that Nissan Ellicott City will have your back no matter what Nissan releases. We carry a wide range of vehicles from the company, as well as their electrifying Leaf car. Those who are interested in any of our vehicles can simply view our online new car inventory and chat with a representative for further assistance. 

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