All-new Nissan Ariya electric crossover
Nissan revealed Nissan Ariya, an innovative vehicle which offers Nissan's EV know-how in a stylish SUV packed with latest connectivity technology.
The Ariya - Nissan's first all-electric crossover SUV - offers powerful acceleration and smooth, quiet operation, as well as an interior with a welcoming, luxurious lounge-like atmosphere. Its stress-free autonomous driving features, concierge-like assistance and seamless connectivity heighten on-road confidence and provides a welcoming environment for the driver and passengers. And with an estimated range of up to 610 kilometers (based on Japan WLTC cycle, subject to homologation), the Ariya is the perfect partner for daily commutes and road trips alike.
This page explains the representative technologies of the Nissan Ariya.
A smooth, powerful on-road presence
Staying true to Nissan's heritage of producing fun-to-drive, exciting cars, the Ariya's all-new EV platform has been optimized to deliver exceptional handling. The battery pack sits under the center of the vehicle to ensure a low center of gravity and near-equal weight distribution, front and rear. The battery pack's flat design and integrated cross-member in the battery case, allow the Ariya to have a flat floor and impressive structural rigidity. Suspension components are optimized to take advantage of this, ensuring stable handling and a comfortable ride while also suppressing vibrations and noise from entering the cabin space.
In addition to all-new advanced technologies creating a smoother, relaxing ride, the Nissan Ariya also features e-Pedal which allows the driver to launch, accelerate and decelerate down to a stop by using only the accelerator pedal.
e-4ORCE: Ride comfort and handling without compromise
The twin electric motor, all-wheel-drive Ariya models will feature Nissan's most advanced all-wheel control technology, e-4ORCE. By specifically managing power output and braking performance for smoothness and stability, e-4ORCE enhances driver confidence by tracing the intended driving line over almost any road surface, while never needing to change driving style or input. When cornering on snow-covered roads, for example, the vehicle can faithfully trace the driver's intended line thanks to ultra-high-precision motor and brake control. With the confidence to handle such a variety of road surfaces, driving becomes more enjoyable.
Engineers fine-tuned the e-4ORCE's precision control technology and twin electric motors to provide unparalleled ride comfort. Vehicle pitch and dive are minimized by adding regenerative rear-motor braking to the usual front-motor regenerative braking employed by typical EV and hybrid systems today.
In addition to optimizing front and rear torque allocation, the system applies independent brake control at each of the four wheels to maximize the cornering force generated by each one. This delivers cornering that faithfully follows driver intentions with minimal steering adjustments.
A high-tech, low-stress driving experience
ProPILOT 2.0 is the newest iteration of Nissan's driver assistance technology. ProPILOT is a hands-on assistance system that helps drivers stay centered in their lane, navigate stop-and-go highway traffic and maintain a set vehicle speed and distance to the vehicle ahead. ProPILOT 2.0 expands on this, allowing attentive drivers to take their hands off the steering wheel under certain conditions, reducing the driver's workload and stress in single-lane highway traffic.1,2 In addition, ProPILOT 2.0 also supports multi-lane highway driving tasks such as lane changes, passing and highway exiting.
The system's seven cameras, five millimeter-wave radars and 12 ultrasonic sonar sensors detect lane markers and objects around the vehicle, allowing hands-off single-lane driving along a predefined route, keeping with the flow of traffic. It also performs safe, effective lane changes with a simple button-push confirmation by the driver. ProPILOT 2.0 also utilizes a dedicated shark fin antenna to receive accurate GPS positioning, assisting to create a smooth, predictable ride during assistance.
ProPILOT 2.0 uses the navigation system and high-definition 3-D map data to detect the road surface, direction and speed limits, adjusting vehicle speed accordingly for a safe and trouble-free journey. A Driver Monitoring System mounted on the steering column confirms the driver is attentive to the road ahead when using the hands-off feature. In addition to the intuitive meter display and head-up display information, the status of the ProPILOT system is shown in the cabin by an advanced ambient lighting: white indicates normal manual operation or that Intelligent Cruise Control is engaged; green indicates hands-on assisted driving; and blue indicates when the hands-off driving function with lane-change assist is activated.
When driving in hands-on mode with a pre-defined route, ProPILOT takes advantage of the extensive 3-D map data to keep the vehicle centered in the lane with increased accuracy. The map data also allows for more driver assistance during cornering by using road curvature data to safely navigate around blind corners, further reducing driver stress.
ProPILOT with Navi-link offers an enhanced experience from ProPILOT. With the addition of road data and sensing technology, the system is able to offer a smoother ride during single-lane highway driving. By connecting with the navigation system and utilizing road map data, the hands-on driver assistance system can automatically adjust vehicle speed based on the posted limit. Additionally, the system can adjust vehicle speed based on upcoming road conditions, such as smoothly slowing the vehicle before a sharp corner ahead, giving all occupants a pleasant drive.
When the destination is reached, ProPILOT Park takes the stress out of parking by helping recognize an open parking space and guiding the vehicle into it. Parking is completed in three easy steps making front, reverse and parallel parking a stress-free experience.
ProPILOT Remote Park expands on ProPILOT Park by adding the ability to park the vehicle from the outside with the use of a dedicated Intelligent Key. This allows the driver and passengers to exit or enter the vehicle with ease, removing the need to contort to avoid door dings in tight spots.
The Nissan Ariya is also equipped with additional innovative 360-degree safety features such as the signature Nissan Safety Shield, which includes Intelligent Around View Monitor, Intelligent Forward Collision Warning, Intelligent Emergency Braking, and Rear Automatic Emergency Brake.
Seamless experience with the latest connected technology
The Ariya embodies Nissan's philosophy of designing vehicles around the driver, making them both intuitive and exciting. This includes equipping it with the latest in connectivity, including a new human-machine interface and firmware updates over the air.
As an example of how the Ariya promotes a seamless experience and comfort, drivers can check the status of the Ariya's battery from the comfort of the breakfast table while enjoying a morning coffee. With a scheduled destination, the Intelligent Route Planner will send a reminder when it's time to depart, keeping the day on-track. While driving, the system monitors road conditions and suggests alternative routes to keep travel times short. By using the NissanConnect smartphone app, calibration of the Ariya's climate controls can be set just the way the driver likes, even before entering the vehicle.
When you approach the Nissan Ariya while carrying the Intelligent Key, the doors unlock. The exterior front and rear lights, as well as the Nissan emblem, switch on automatically, signaling that the vehicle detects the driver's presence.
The display interface features both a 12.3-inch instrument monitor and 12.3-inch center display along a single horizon. By displaying multiple facets of information on one horizontal plane, information can be quickly digested without the driver being distracted from the road. The two displays are oriented in a wave-like shape to ensure important vehicle information, such as battery information, range and navigation, can be easily reached. Further information can be swiped between the displays to customize and prioritize the information displayed just behind the steering wheel for an unparalleled bespoke experience.
And, the Ariya's heads-up display boasts one of the largest full-color displays in the segment. The projected display shows similar information found in the meter display, providing crisp, driving information within the driver's field of vision without being distracting.
By saying “Hello Nissan" or “Hey Nissan," occupants can ask for vehicle information and manage the travel route, including searching for points of interest, verbally. In-vehicle functions such as selecting a playlist or adjusting the cabin temperature are effortlessly done without the driver needing to look away from the road. The Nissan Ariya's in-vehicle commands are executed by a hybrid voice recognition system based on natural-language understanding, allowing for normal, conversational sentences. With a Wi-Fi connection, the system can access cloud data to better understand unique requests.
On the drive home, Alexa can be invoked to perform vehicle-to-home functions, including turning on interior home lighting or opening the garage door.
Remote Software Upgrade automatically updates various software inside the vehicle without having to take the vehicle to a service center. With periodic real-time updates, the Ariya is always operating at its full potential. A dual-bank memory system even allows for updates while on the go. Updates are downloaded and stored in a separate memory bank. When the system has confirmed the download, it switches to the updated memory bank. Updates are applied quickly and easily, making updates and new feature integration a seamless experience.
NOTE: The above specifications are as of July 2020. Model names, features and specifications may vary by market.
1: Hands-off driving is possible when driving in a single lane, on the condition that the driver remains attentive to the road ahead and is prepared to immediately take manual control of the steering wheel when conditions of the road, traffic and vehicle require it.
2: The hands-off feature is not available in tunnels where a GPS signal cannot be established, on expressways without a physical separation that divides the traffic moving in opposite directions, on winding roads, in tollgate areas or merging lanes. When entering a road section where hands-off driving is not available, the system will alert in advance so the driver can take manual control of vehicle steering.