Tap on Nissan: Electric Area, Z Redesign

This fall, the automaker – an EV pioneer when it launched the Leaf more than a decade ago – will introduce its second all-electric model, the Aria crossover.

Nissan America boss Jeremy Papin described the Aria as “segment-defining”.

“The focus on quality and the innovations we bring – the central console, how the human-to-machine interface works, how the switches are built into the panels – are a step up from what has been available so far in this segment,” said Papin Automotive News,

Looking ahead, Nissan should bring an electric sedan in 2025. The automaker will invest $500 million in its Canton, Miss., factory to manufacture that vehicle and other EVs.

In addition, Nissan is said to be considering an electric pickup for the US. In November, Nissan showed off the battery-powered pickup concept.

Meanwhile, some of Nissan’s iconic nameplates are undergoing a change.

The Leaf – which pioneered the EV segment when it launched in the US in late 2010 – will be replaced by a new coupe-like electric crossover by the middle of the decade.

The flagship Maxima sedan gets discontinued next year. And the Titan — Nissan’s attempt to take a permanent part of the full-size pickup segment — will be discontinued by the middle of the decade.

Nissan will also accelerate the pace of the product – bringing updates to market faster.

“We plan to keep the products fresh in their segment and lineup, which means you need to regularly bring product developments to market,” Papin said. “The Frontier was a 14 year old truck when we replaced it. We don’t plan on redoing this type of life cycle.”

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Electric Pickup: Rumors of a battery-powered, lightweight pickup surfaced for America last summer. The new model will be below Nissan’s Frontier midsize pickup and will arrive later in the decade.

In November, Nissan teased an outdoor activity vehicle concept called the Surf-Out, with an open cabin-back for easy access to the pick-up bed. The electric truck will use an advanced system from Nissan’s e-4ORCE all-wheel-drive electric drivetrain.

Area: The new rogue-shaped Aria electric crossover was initially expected to launch in mid-2021, but was delayed due to chip shortages related to COVID. Instead US sales will begin in the fall.

The dual-motor EV is available in front-wheel or all-wheel drive and offers a driving range of up to 300 miles. New technologies include Nissan’s next-generation automatic driving system.

The Aria gets prominent front fenders, rear fender flares, super-slim LED headlights and a C-pillar with a sharp rake. It removes the traditional grille for what Nissan describes as a “shield”, which is illuminated to reveal Nissan’s V-Motion design signature in driving mode.

Electric Crossover Coupe: Nissan will introduce a replacement for the Leaf in the mid to late decade. Nissan teased the new model last year in a sporty concept called the Chill-Out. It uses Nissan’s CMF-EV platform and has a dual-motor e-4ORCE all-wheel-drive system.

leaf: Nissan’s original EV received a price cut and more standard EV-focused features for the 2022 model, including a CHAdeMO quick charge port and a portable 240-volt charging cable.

The Leaf was marketed as an affordable, mass-market electric car when it was launched in the US in late 2010. But the hatchback has been overtaken by a wave of more stylish and capable offerings in the market.

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American production of the Leaf – currently in its second generation – is expected to end in the middle of the decade.