We first received hints of the Nissan Ariya EV SUV making a potential introduction in Malaysia again in February once we noticed it make an look in Malaysian Nissan distributor Edaran Tan Chong Motor’s Chinese New Year greeting video.
Tan Chong was one of many first corporations in Malaysia to embrace electrical vehicles – it launched each the Nissan Leaf underneath the Nissan model in addition to the Renault Zoe and Twizy underneath the Renault model.
The newest technology Leaf’s worth lately received up to date to mirror its new import and excise responsibility exempted standing – it’s now priced at RM168,800, down from its preliminary launch worth of RM188,888.
But the Leaf has been round for a while now and maybe has misplaced just a little lustre. The market is filled with new fashions now, and Nissan has upped its sport with the brand new Nissan Ariya, the Japanese automaker’s first mass market absolutely electrical passenger automotive because the unique Leaf.
What phase does the Nissan Ariya compete in?
The Nissan Ariya measures 4,595 mm lengthy x 1,850 mm extensive x 1,655 mm tall, with a wheelbase of two,775 mm. As a comparability, it’s stablemate the T32 Nissan X-Trail at present bought in Malaysia measures 4,690 mm lengthy x 1,820 mm extensive x 1,740 mm tall, with a wheelbase of two,705 mm.
Externally, the Ariya is just a little shorter and decrease than the X-Trail, however it’s a bit wider. It has an extended wheelbase in comparison with the X-Trail.
This is typical of electrical vehicles, the place the pattern is for longer wheelbases in relation to exterior size and phase dimension as a result of axles powered by electrical motors should not constrained by combustion engine and gearbox placement. So I believe it’s protected to name the Ariya a C-segment SUV just like the X-Trail.
What are the electrical motor and battery selections?
The Nissan Ariya line-up is constructed from a couple of mixtures of motors and battery packs. You both have 2WD the place a single motor drives the entrance wheel, or AWD variations the place you might have two motors, one driving the entrance axle and one driving the rear axle.
There are two selections of lithium ion battery packs – a 66 kWh pack with 63 kWh usable, or a 91 kWh pack with 87 kWh usable. One huge enchancment over the Leaf’s design – they now use energetic liquid cooling as a substitute of passive air cooling, which ought to end result in improved battery well being and better peak DC charging charges.
The 2WD variations are targeted on economic system and maximising vary. The 91 kWh 2WD model has the longest rated vary – as much as 610 km. Its electrical motor is a little more highly effective, rated at 178 kW in comparison with 160 kW on the 2WD 66 kWh variant, however you’ll discover it’s truly 0.1 seconds slower in the 0-100 km/h dash as a result of the extra energy is merely to offset the additional weight of the bigger battery pack.
The AWD fashions have a extra efficiency and dealing with bias – Nissan has produced some fairly cool advertising movies to promote the advantages of the e-4ORCE electric AWD system.
The quickest Ariya you should purchase is the 91 kWh 290 kW model, which may hit 100 km/h in 5.1 seconds, whereas being rated for 580 km vary. Having two motors as a substitute of 1 makes it much less environment friendly than the 2WD model. The 66 kWh AWD mannequin form of sits in the center, it’s not the quickest and can’t go the furthest, but it surely’s cheaper to purchase than the fashions with the quickest acceleration or the longest vary.
How a lot might the Nissan Ariya be priced in Malaysia?
Given that CBU electrical vehicles at present get pleasure from import and excise responsibility exemptions till the tip of 2023, it may very well be potential to immediately convert the Japanese pricing for the Nissan Ariya to attempt to predict Malaysian pricing.
The following use forex conversions on the time of publishing:
- Nissan Ariya 2WD 66 kWh – 6,600,000 yen (RM226k)
- Nissan Ariya 2WD 91 kWh – 7,400,800 yen (RM254k)
- Nissan Ariya e-4ORCE AWD 66 kWh – 7,200,600 yen (RM247k)
- Nissan Ariya e-4ORCE AWD 91 kWh – 7,900,200 yen (RM271k)
A beginning worth of RM226k as much as RM271k would put the Ariya smack in the center of the hotly contested RM200k-RM300k EV vary that are filled with different electrical SUVs.
The following EVs could be competing with the Ariya:
- BMW iX3 M Sport Inspiring 73.8 kWh – RM298k
- Hyundai Ioniq 5 Lite 2WD 58 kWh – RM199k
- Hyundai Ioniq 5 Plus 2WD 58 kWh – RM230k
- Hyundai Ioniq 5 Max AWD 72.7 kWh – RM260k
- Mercedes-Benz EQA 250 AMG Line 66.5 kWh – RM278k
- Volvo XC40 Recharge BEV 78 kWh – RM262k
With a 100 km/h dash time of 5.1 seconds, probably the most performance-oriented Nissan Ariya could be second quickest accelerating EV of the lot, beating the Ioniq 5 Max AWD by 0.1 seconds and solely dropping to the Volvo XC40 BEV’s 4.9 seconds time. The slowest of the lot could be the EQA, solely being able to a 8.9 second dash, considerably slower than even the slowest Ariya 2WD 91 kWh mannequin.
You can read more about the Nissan Ariya in our previous story, which we revealed again in July 2020. Yes, it’s been almost two years because it was first unveiled and it’s solely going to roll into showrooms this yr. Guess that’s what a pandemic and chip scarcity does to automotive product timelines.
What do you suppose, would you take into account a Nissan Ariya over its opponents given a similiar price range? Let us know your ideas in the feedback.