Nissan chief designer talks about Ariya electrocrossMay 19, 2020
Giovanni Arroba shared details about the Nissan Ariya electric SUV.
The new electric Nissan Ariya SUV should appear by 2022. The electric car presented at the Tokyo motor show at the end of last year, according to the chief designer Giovanni Arroba, is “a realistic vision of our future”. He added: “This is not a concept car with a blue sky, so everything that is there may appear on the market in the near future.”
Explaining that Nissan was a pioneer in the crossover segment, first with Qashqai and then with Juke, Arroba noted that the brand has always been at the forefront of introducing new segments. As for the Nissan Ariya, the brand planned to release an electric crossover that is beautiful, functional and realistic. Nissan followed the competition by writing the name on the back door rather than using the logo.
The spacious interior of Ariya, thanks to Nissan’s new EVP platform, made it possible to move the air conditioning unit from the center console under the hood. This is a significant step forward. Although there is a glass panel that leads from digital instruments to the touch screen, switches and tactile touch icons remain. Ariya introduces a new design direction for Nissan as a whole.
Electrocross received LED headlights, lost the traditional radiator grille, and instead a shield appeared in which the radar and cameras are located. Note that the conceptual model received 21-inch wheels, however, according to Giovanni Arroba on the production version, the size may change, while the aerodynamic design could well reach the final model.
As for the side mirrors, despite the tendency to install cameras, the novelty will not receive them. According to the chief designer, this innovation is not so easy to manage. Therefore, while the company abandons this technology.
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