While the standard combustion engine probably isn't going anywhere soon, the future of automobility is unquestionably electric. Nissan was the first American-market automaker of the modern era to fully embrace that destiny when, in December 2010, it launched the all-electric LEAF family hatchback. And soon, the automaker will make another quantum leap into a new era of high-tech accommodations, seamless versatility, and engaging, emissions-free performance with the all-new 2022 Nissan Ariya electric crossover.

While details of the new Ariya are still scarce, there's still plenty of information to get excited about. Here's a quick look at just a few of the highlights.

  • Design: The Nissan Ariya finds beauty in minimalism, forgoing superfluous contouring in favor of a clean horizon line that seamlessly connects the front and rear fascia. We like the dynamic wheel design and aggressively narrowed headlight cluster that seems to disappear when not illuminated.

  • Accommodations: The Ariya's compact powertrain components allow for a more spacious and airy-feeling cabin. Without a transmission tunnel and with the battery located at the base of the chassis, the Ariya's completely flat and open floor provides extensive amounts of legroom, which is further enhanced by the ultra-comfortable slim-profile Zero Gravity seats.

  • Performance: The 2022 Nissan Ariya will offer two battery sizes (63 and 87 kWh) and the choice of front-wheel- or all-wheel-drive. Depending on configuration, available horsepower ranges from 215 to 389, and available torque from 221 to 443 lb-ft. Nissan projects the high-capacity battery to enable a range of 300 miles. The Ariya can charge up to a rate of 130 kW with a DC fast-charger, enabling an 80% recharge time of only 20 minutes.

  • Technology: The Ariya will feature Nissan's next-gen ProPILOT Assist 2.0 autonomous driving system, which allows for hands-free traveling under certain conditions. On the inside, the 12.3-inch instrument monitor and 12.3-inch center display form a single horizon, allowing for easier and quicker information absorption at a glance. And standard wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto permit cable-free smartphone integration, complementing the Ariya's minimalist design.

The future is right around the corner

While we don't have an exact release date yet, Nissan has stated that the all-new Ariya will begin arriving in the U.S. following its launch in Japan in mid-2021. So, we expect Collierville and Southaven shoppers will be able to test drive the exciting new model at Jim Keras Nissan sometime in the latter half of the year. We'll be keeping an eye out for further announcements and updating you as much as possible.

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