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New Nissan Ariya 2021 leaked! Japan's electric SUV to rival Tesla Model Y with dual-motor power

The Ariya SUV will sit alongside the Leaf hatch in Nissan’s zero-emissions model line-up. (Image credit: cars_secrets)

Nissan has become the victim of another leak, this time with its upcoming all-electric SUV, the Ariya, the production version of which has surfaced online early via renderings.

Published on Instagram account cars_secrets, the renderings come courtesy of the Argentinian patent office and show differences between the production and concept versions of the Ariya will be minor.

As reported, the Ariya concept debuted at the Tokyo motor show last October, with Nissan promising at the time that the production version would be more or less a carbon-copy, save for its futuristic 21-inch alloy wheels.

While missing side mirrors, the renderings indicate the production version will have slightly different bumpers front and rear, partly to accommodate tow hooks.

The renderings also show the addition of front foglights, a shark-fin antenna and rear reflectors, while the side’s charging port has been pushed closer to the bonnet.

  • The production rear bumper is slightly tweaked, incorporating a tow hook and reflectors. (Image credit: cars_secrets) The production rear bumper is slightly tweaked, incorporating a tow hook and reflectors. (Image credit: cars_secrets)
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The production rear bumper is slightly tweaked, incorporating a tow hook and reflectors. (Image credit: cars_secrets)

No renderings of the production version’s interior have been leaked yet, with the concept incorporating Mercedes-Benz-style dual displays for the multimedia system and instrument cluster as part of its minimalistic design.

While the production Ariya’s official reveal was expected to take place around the middle of this year, the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is likely to have pushed those plans back.

Either way, we know the Airya will be available with single- and dual-motor set-ups, with previous reports suggesting its zero-to-97km/h sprint time will be as quick as sub-five seconds, while its driving range will be up to 483km.

The mid-size Ariya will rival the Tesla Model Y and Ford Mustang Mach-E upon its release, and an Australian launch is on the cards, with local Nissan boss Stephen Lester last year telling CarsGuide “we’ll take it as soon as we can get it”.