The 2022 Nissan Ariya electric crossover SUV will have an EPA-targeted 300-mile range and start at around $40,000, the automaker announced Wednesday.
The five-seat battery-electric crossover showcases Nissan’s ambition to outdo not only the Tesla Model Y and its 291-mile range and $50,000 price point, but also the upcoming Ford Mustang Mach-E, Volvo XC40 Recharge and other compact electric crossovers.
The technology showcase comes in front- or all-wheel drive and two battery sizes: The 65-kwh option makes 215 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque, while the 90-kwh option makes 389 hp and 443 lb-ft. Nissan estimates a 0-60 mph time in 5.0 seconds. Charging times have not been announced but the Ariya will follow the CCS charging protocol more common in the U.S.
While the Nissan Leaf electric hatchback kickstarted electric vehicles in the U.S. late in 2010, and is one…