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Infotainment and Connectivity

Dual 12.3-inch displays serve as both the digital gauge cluster and the infotainment screen. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and in-dash navigation should all be standard features. The Ariya concept that was shown in 2019 had a feature that allowed the car to sync with the schedule of the driver, so it can pre-heat or pre-cool the interior while it’s parked and charging, and therefore not draw on the power from the battery. The concept also showed off technology that would allow the driver to use their phone to park the Ariya automatically from a nearby location using ProPilot’s Remote Park, a system similar to Tesla’s Smart Summon feature. Nissan hasn’t said yet if these features will make it to the production model.

What’s New for 2023?

The Ariya is an all-new vehicle for Nissan. It features Nissan’s new semi-autonomous driving system (ProPilot 2.0), which debuted on the Japanese-market Nissan Skyline sedan. The Ariya is said to deliver up to 300 miles of driving range, but only when equipped with the optional dual-front/rear-motor drive configuration and the larger 87.0-kWh battery pack.

Nissan Ariya 2022: Design and interior

The Ariya’s styling is relatively unchanged since the concept car that broke cover at the Tokyo Motor Show in 2019, and that’s just fine with us.

It’s a futuristic-looking thing, with slim LED lights, an angular front end, large grille and a gently sloping roofline that gives it an almost coupe-like feel. A single horizontal brake light gives the rear a similarly sci-fi vibe, and we’re big fans of the Akatsuki Copper color. Check out the gallery below for a closer look at the Ariya.

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On the inside it’s clear that Nissan has made big changes from the current Leaf hatchback electric car. It has a larger 12-inch infotainment display, a digital gauge cluster,  and a very modern-looking interior you’d expect from any premium electric car. But this time it’s in a Nissan.

Nissan also hasn’t followed the trend of adding all controls to the touchscreen, which can be difficult to use while keeping your attention on the road. So there’s also a touch-sensitive pad on the dashboard for climate control, and while not as tactile as buttons it’s better than the alternative. 

Naturally the wheel also has a number of key controls built in, so you should be able to alter settings without blindly flailing at flat screens and panels.

Nissan Ariya 2022: Outlook

Nissan is no stranger to the electric car market, and it seems it’s taking a lot of the lessons it’s learned from previous efforts and adding them to the Ariya. ProPilot, e-Pedal and all the other things its been perfecting over the past decade.

Crucially we’re looking at a car that offers performance to better compete with other electric car makers. But with the electric SUV market becoming increasingly crowded, there’s going to be a lot of competition to deal with. Let’s just hope the Ariya will be able to survive on more than just brand awareness and its existing reputation as a solid electric automaker.

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