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Old 01-10-2020, 10:32 AM   #26
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AWD Leaf. You had me at hello.
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Old 01-10-2020, 10:39 AM   #27
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AWD Leaf. You had me at hello.
wish the production model was going to be a hatch and not a CUV though.
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Old 01-10-2020, 10:56 AM   #28
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I'd like to see an AWD Leaf and an CUV so the platform benefits from the sales.
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Old 01-10-2020, 01:52 PM   #29
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Interesting. Would much rather see this as a car, as noted above, but I totally understand making their first awd EV a CUV. The average consumer thinks that you need to buy a CUV in order to get awd, I can't even count the number of times average folks have been astounded that my wrx and R are awd.

I think there's little chance I'd go for something like this, but the chance isn't 0.
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Old 05-19-2020, 07:32 AM   #30
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Styling the 'Leaf SUV': Nissan design boss details bold Ariya concept

Giovanny Arroba gives us an in-depth tour of the precursor to Nissan's debut electric SUV

The Nissan Ariya concept previews the long-mooted ‘Leaf SUV’, which is expected to arrive by 2022. Revealed at the Tokyo motor show late last year, the Ariya was described by chief designer Giovanny Arroba as a “realistic vision of our future”. He added: “It’s not a blue-sky concept car, so everything there is tangible to bring to the market in the hopefully near future.”

Explaining that Nissan had pioneered the crossover segment, first with the Qashqai and then with the Juke, Arroba said: “We’ve always been on the cutting edge of introducing new segments. In this case, we wanted to have an electric crossover which is beautiful, functional and realistic for now.”

We discussed some highlights of the Ariya with Arroba below.

Brand name on tailgate, rather than logo



Nissan has followed its rivals by spelling its brand name across the tailgate rather than using its logo. The word is integrated into the horizontal light blade, which Arroba described as “very simple yet very iconic”. Expect to see it on a Nissan production car soon.



The Ariya’s roomy interior is thanks to Nissan’s new EVP platform; for example, it has allowed the air-con unit to be moved from in the centre console to under the bonnet. It’s a dramatic step up from the Leaf, but Arroba said none of it is unattainable for production. While there’s a glass panel that leads from the digital instruments to the touchscreen, switches and haptic touch-sensitive icons remain.“Everything we have done is for approachability,” said Arroba.

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The Ariya represents a new design direction for Nissan overall. Arroba explained: “The front is a vision of our brand identity electrified. We have super-thin LED projector headlamps and there’s no traditional grille; instead, we have a shield that packages radar and cameras. We want to represent electric as beautiful. We don’t want to, through certain shapes or form, say ‘hey look!’. It’s not meant to walk into a room blaring to be different.”

21in wheels

Arroba admits that the 21in wheels are there for design purposes so are unlikely to make production. “We wanted to have a strong proportion and stance,” he said. However, the aerodynamic design could well make it to the final model. The five-spoke wheels have milled-and-machined lightweight alloys beneath and aerodynamic blades shielding the wheels and bolts to allow air to pass by without too much disruption.

Side mirrors, not cameras

One might expect to see rear-view cameras in place of side mirrors here, as is becoming common on the latest EVs, such as the Audi E-tron and Honda E. However, Arroba remains unconvinced. “We wanted to showcase a tangible reality that’s coming upon us quickly,” he said. “We didn’t want to showcase technology which isn’t fully regulated in all regions. I’ve experienced cars with camera mirrors and the usability isn’t as seamless as with a mirror.”
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Old 05-19-2020, 11:25 AM   #31
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What comforting mix of industrial design and plastics define you, as a person?
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Season 8 of Nissan: They're unceremoniously killing off Datsun, a beloved character from Season 1, and they expect us to believe that Ariya is now going to kill the ICE king? It should have been the AWD leaf...

(super timely pop culture reference as usual)
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Old 05-19-2020, 03:54 PM   #34
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'Ariya' sounds like saying 'wtf?' in Japanese.
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