Production-spec Nissan Ariya previewed in new patent

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With patent documents showing the proposed production bodywork of the Ariya SUV, Nissan’s first EV SUV is edging closer to existence. The latest photos, shared online, prove the 4.6m-long SUV family sports a style rather closely matched with that of the concept car Ariya, which was unveiled at last year’s Tokyo motor show.

Although the basic form is still preserved, you will see a few thorough improvements. The design of the bumper-particularly the lower part-was altered, with a noticeable towing eye cover and LED lights attached to the front edge intakes.

The side view is more or less similar, with a charging port positioned higher in the top, an airborne shark-fin on the roof and modifications to the spoiler on the building. The side mirrors aren’t included in the patent shots, indicating Nissan may be searching for cameras to change conventional ORVMS, much as on the Honda E and Audi e-tron.

More important changes are evident at the bottom. It seems as though the rear window in terms of usable area has been that, whereas a rear wiper has been put in. The backlit Nissan logo seen on the model also seems to have been ditched, but it will maintain the full-width tail-light LED feature. The design of the bumper was also altered for development.

With no internal photos, we can only go for comparison via the minimalist architecture of the cabin in the model. Expect it to display the long-awaited Nissan interiors and infotainment model transition alongside the upcoming seven-seat X-Trail Crossover, which is set to be released later this year.

The Ariya development edition-which is not planned for at least another year-will use a new modular design from the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance that provides more consistency with the scale of the motor and battery pack. Beyond Nissan there is still no sign of the powertrain naming it a “high efficiency, 100 percent electric drive device” with two four-wheel drive motors.

Though it’s too early to say whether the all-electric SUV is going to be taken to the Indian market, Nissan is trying to reinvent itself in India. This will be achieved by launching new models such as the forthcoming Nissan Magnite compact SUV, which is scheduled to debut later this year and use the CMF-A+ architecture from Renault-Nissan Alliance. Nissan is also reviewing the Patrol SUV as a brand-builder for our market.

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