We first hinted at a possible introduction to the Nissan Aria EV SUV Malaysia in February when we saw it appear in a Chinese New Year greeting video from Malaysian Nissan distributor Edaran Tan Chong Motor.
Tan Chong is one of the first companies to acquire electric cars in Malaysia – launching both the Nissan Leaf under the Nissan brand as well as the Renault Joe and Twizy under the Renault brand.
The price of the latest generation leaf has recently been updated to reflect its new import and excise duty exemption status – it is now priced at RM168,800, with an initial launch price of less than RM188,888.
But the leaf has been around for a while now and probably lost a little luster. The market is now full of new models, and Nissan has improved its game with the new Nissan Aria, the Japanese automaker’s first mass market since the original Leaf, a fully electric passenger car.
In which category does Nissan Aria compete?
Nissan Aria 4,595 mm long x 1,850 mm wide x 1,655 mm long, with 2,775 mm wheelbase. By comparison, this stable T32 Nissan X-Trail currently sold in Malaysia is 4,690 mm long x 1,820 mm wide x 1,740 mm long, with 2,705 mm wheelbase.
Externally, the area is slightly shorter and lower than the X-Trail, but it is a bit wider. It has a longer wheelbase than the X-Trail.
This is common in electric vehicles, where the trend is for longer wheelbases related to external length and segment size because electric motor driven axles are not limited by the placement of combustion engines and gearboxes. So I think it’s safe to call the Aria a C-segment SUV like the X-Trail.
What are the choices of electric motors and batteries?
The Nissan Aria lineup is made up of a combination of several motors and battery packs. You have either 2WD where a single motor drives the front wheel, or the AWD version where you have two motors, one drives the front axle and one drives the rear axle.
Lithium ion battery packs have two choices – a 66 kWh pack with 63 kWh usable, or a 87 kWh usable 91 kWh pack. A major improvement over Leaf’s design – they now use active liquid cooling instead of passive air cooling, which should result in improved battery health and higher peak DC charging rates.
2WD versions focus on economy and maximum range The 91 kWh 2WD version has the longest rate range – up to 610 km. Its electric motor is a bit more powerful, rated at 178 kW compared to 160 kW in the 2WD 66 kWh variant, but you’ll notice it’s actually 0.1 seconds slower at 0-100 km / h sprint because the extra power only offsets the extra weight of the larger battery pack.
AWD models have functionality and operational bias – Nissan E-4 has created some great marketing videos to sell the benefits of ORCE electric AWD systems.
The fastest area you can buy is the 91 kWh 290 kW version, which can run at 100 km / h in 5.1 seconds, when rated for the 580 km range. Having two motors instead of one makes it less efficient than the 2WD version. The 66 kWh AWD model sits in the middle, not the fastest and farthest, but cheaper to buy than the fastest acceleration or long range models.
What is the price of Nissan Aria in Malaysia?
Given that CBU electric vehicles currently enjoy import and excise duty exemptions by the end of 2023, it may be possible to directly convert the Japanese price for the Nissan Aria to try to predict the price in Malaysia.
The following uses currency conversion at the time of publication:
- Nissan Aria 2WD 66 kWh – 6,600,000 Yen (RM226k)
- Nissan Aria 2WD 91 kWh – 7,400,800 Yen (RM254k)
- Nissan Ariya e-4ORCE AWD 66 kWh – 7,200,600 yen (RM247k)
- Nissan Ariya e-4ORCE AWD 91 kWh – 7,900,200 Yen (RM271k)
A starting price from RM226k to RM271k will put the Aria Smack in the middle of the heated rival RM200k-RM300k EV range that complements other electric SUVs.
The following EVs will compete with Aria:
- BMW iX3 M Sport Inspiring 73.8 kWh – RM298k
- Hyundai Ioniq 5 Lite 2WD 58 kWh – RM199k
- Hyundai Ioniq 5 Plus 2WD 58 kWh – RM230k
- Hyundai Ioniq 5 Max AWD 72.7 kWh – RM260k
- Mercedes-Benz EQA 250 AMG line 66.5 kWh – RM278k
- Volvo XC40 Recharge BEV 78 kWh – RM262k
With a 100km / h sprint time of 5.1 seconds, it will be the second fastest EV in the most performance-oriented Nissan Aria Lot, beating the Ioniq 5 Max AWD in 0.1 seconds and only 4.9 seconds ahead of the Volvo XC40 BEV. The slowest of the lot will be the EQA, capable of a sprint of only 8.9 seconds, significantly slower than even the slowest Ariya 2WD 91 kWh model.
You can read more about the Nissan Aria in our previous story, which we republished in July 2020. Yeah Al that sounds pretty crap to me, Looks like BT aint for me either. Guess what an epidemic and chip deficit does in the timeline of automotive products.
Do you think a Nissan Aria would be considered a similar budget compared to its competitors? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.