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Nissan USA has given the Ariya a prominent place on its sales site:


Still listed there as a concept without an intro date, but maybe that will change at CES next week.

On the other hand, the 2020 LEAF is still nowhere to be seen...
 

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PR release:

CES 2020: Nissan’s twin-motor all-wheel-control technology is a force to be reckoned with
e-4ORCE expands electric vehicle performance capability

2020/01/07
LAS VEGAS (Jan. 7, 2020) – Nissan is elevating the performance capability of electric vehicles with its new twin-motor all-wheel-control technology called e-4ORCE. The technology provides instant torque to all four wheels to deliver balanced, predictable power and handling on par with many premium sports cars.
The “e” represents Nissan’s technologies enabled by a 100% electric motor drive system. “4ORCE,” pronounced “force,” evokes physical power and energy with “4” standing for the all-wheel control driving capability.
“The e-4ORCE twin-motor all-wheel control technology offers precise handling and stability, which gives drivers greater confidence and even more excitement than ever before,” said Takao Asami, Nissan’s senior vice president of research and advanced engineering. “This technology enables excellent cornering performance and traction on slippery surfaces and comfortable ride for all passengers.”
The technology was born from lessons learned in the development of the Nissan GT-R's ATTESA E-TS torque split system and the Nissan Patrol's intelligent 4X4 system. Engineers developed the e-4ORCE technology to specifically manage electric vehicle power output and braking performance to be smooth and stable.
Unparalleled ride comfort is the result of the e-4ORCE technology’s ability to minimize vehicle pitch and dive. This is accomplished by employing regenerative braking from both front and rear motors, making city stop-and-go traffic less jostling. Similarly, on rough, bumpy roads and when accelerating, motor control is optimized to maintain ride comfort by minimizing irregular movement.
e-4ORCE increases driver confidence by faithfully tracing the driver's intended line thanks to ultra-high-precision motor and brake control. With the confidence to handle such a variety of road surfaces, even for novice drivers on slippery surfaces, driving becomes more enjoyable.
Nissan will be displaying its zero-emission crossover Ariya Concept — which features e-4ORCE — at its CES booth but the company is also showcasing the technology on a twin-motor, all-wheel-drive technology test car in Las Vegas during CES.
CES 2020 runs from Jan. 7-10 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Nissan welcomes all attendees to its display (6306) in the North Hall.
For the latest CES 2020 coverage, check out Nissan's global CES newsroom ...

Several new Ariya videos from Nissan:

 

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Maybe this new model will lead to the Leaf pricing being reduced to levels more affordable to those of us not in the market for a performance car.

Ever the optimist!
 

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CES didn't give us full details of the Ariya, but Nissan has provided quite a few promising statements.

When? "very, very soon" (from a video) and how close to production? “really close to a real car" (below) makes me hopeful of a 2021 MY intro, and at a "...lower price point..." than its AWD BEV competitors.

Autoblog has a couple of stories today, RE the Ariya, and also how the many other BEVs coming from Nissan soon will look and perform:

"Nissan design is about to get much more Japanese
Design boss thinks Nissan lost touch with the culture that gave it birth

LAS VEGAS — We broke down Nissan’s 2019 sales doom and gloom the other day. There are multiple factors that contributed to it being a particularly down year for Nissan and Infiniti, but at the end of the day, it all comes back to the product sitting on dealer lots.
To that end, we sat down with Alfonso Albaisa, Nissan’s senior vice president of global design, to hear about where he thinks Nissan is now and where he wants to take the brand in the future. What we heard was a bit surprising to start, but it also left us with a glimmer of hope for future products from one of Japan’s most important brands...

So, there’s a solution here, right? Albaisa points to the Ariya Concept as the new direction for Nissan design in the company’s upcoming electrified era. Nissan has previously said it’s going to introduce a production version of the Ariya, and Albaisa told us this concept is “really close to a real car."
“They are almost identical to see them,” Albaisa said, comparing the Ariya Concept with the production car. “It’s just a matter of degree of expression. The wheels are an inch bigger. The Ariya is 7 mm wider.”
Expect to see Ariya-like looks for the other six to eight EVs Nissan says will come to market eventually. Albaisa calls the design theme “timeless Japanese futurism.” ...

As of right now, Albaisa says he has 26 cars (many electrified) in his design studio, and a lot of those are Infinitis, too. Unfortunately, that means that those cars are still in progress and not on dealer lots where they need to be. If the Ariya Concept really is an indication of what we’re going to see from the newly Japanese-enlightened Nissan, the future may end up being far sunnier than the dismal numbers Nissan is looking at today..."


"FIRST DRIVE
Nissan e-4ORCE Prototype First Drive | Nissan's performance future is electric
The Leaf-bodied prototype shows promise for a return to fun cars

Careening around a water-slicked skidpad, a tight slalom course, and a flat-out acceleration run at Las Vegas International Speedway in the new Nissan e-4ORCE twin-motor prototype, I get the distinct sensation that this vehicle, despite significant touting of efficiency and ride smoothness by the Nissan engineers on hand, is actually being designed with performance in mind.

This may seem antithetical in some ways to the current positioning of the company. If you were to ask us about what Nissan stands for, we’d be likely to describe value pricing, well-selling (if somewhat anodyne) crossovers, the scandalous flight from justice by their former CEO, and a focus on affordable electric vehicles.

But, beneath all of this, Nissan is actively working on shifting consumer perceptions, returning the brand to its heyday of performance innovation — an era that lasted roughly from the introduction of the first Skyline GTR in the late 1960s, through the 510s and Z-Cars of the '70s, the Maximas (and Z-Cars) of the '80s and '90s, and seems to have pretty much terminated after the introduction of the current GT-R 12 years ago. But since the future is electric, it seems like this very well might mean making its electric cars perform...

Obviously, all-wheel electric powertrains can already be found in more expensive electric vehicles from Tesla, Jaguar, Audi and Mercedes. But affordable manufacturers like Hyundai, Kia, Chevrolet and others have thus far foregone twin-motor AWD systems, to limit cost and complexity. This vehicle seems to represent Nissan’s potential efforts to offer this up-market and desirable system to consumers, in a smoother fashion, and perhaps even at a lower price point..."

 

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I think they've Osborned the current Leaf esp the 64. Why would you buy that when a much better car is round the corner
 
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