Nissan Ariya is just like its concept EV, only now it's a real Tesla Model Y competitor

The Nissan Ariya made a splash last year at the Tokyo Motor Show as a concept electric SUV with a sleek interior and an advanced driving system built in. Now the car is a real thing coming to the U.S. late next year.

Nissan is well-known for its Leaf electric vehicle, one of the original all-electric options available in the U.S. Until now that was the extent of its EV lineup. With the Ariya’s unveiling Wednesday, Nissan has a small SUV with higher-end features with a moderate price tag starting around $40,000 and a whole lot of range to take on Tesla’s newest compact SUV, the Model Y.

The top-model Ariya (there’ll be four variations to choose from) promises up to 300 miles of range on a single charge, while also providing the spaciousness of a bigger vehicle and a smooth-bottomed floor (since the battery pack sits on the car floor).  Read more…

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