Nissan Ariya EV

Spring is in the air, and it appears that this is the season for driving SUVs on racetracks in Europe. We may provide equally incongruous sensation of navigating the new Nissan Ariya EV exclusively on the 2.4-mile Circuito del Jarama near Madrid, barely a week after we sampled the Aston Martin DBX 707 at the Silverstone Circuit in England.

Nissan was one of the first automakers to embrace broad electrification. Since 2010, around 600,000 Leaf hatchbacks have been sold globally, making it the world’s most popular electric vehicle for the majority of that time. However, the Tesla Model 3’s breakneck pace demonstrates how demand is migrating away from inexpensive EVs and toward faster, more thrilling options. The Ariya has a lot more of both than its hatchback counterparts.

In short, this was a very limited initial impression in an unusual setting, but it left us with the idea that the Ariya should be able to handle the tougher demands of the real world. Standard-range versions are not yet priced, but those with the larger battery will start at $47,125 and go up to $60,125, with deliveries beginning this fall.

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