Hook: Nissan has recently shared details on the unconventional “shield” and lack of grille of the Ariya EV. The “shield” contains technology that not only keeps the car intact but the passengers safe.
Nissan Ariya EV Concept Shows A Shield, Not A Grille
Nissan revealed its concept for the Ariya EV in the Toyota auto show last October 19 in Tokyo, Japan. At first glance, it looks sleek and straight from the future. Another notable feature of it is the lack of a grille. Instead, the Ariya EV will have a “shield.”
The company kept some details to themselves, like the EV’s price and when the sale of the production version might begin. On the other hand, they were very open about, if not proud, of all the tech in this fully electric SUV.
Since it’s concept unveiling in Tokyo, Nissan has released more details on the Ariya EV. That includes specifics on the front of the vehicle. It has, as the company coined, a “shield” instead of the conventional grille.
On a regular gas- or diesel-powered vehicle, the darker area in the front would have a grille, which could surely clock a weapon. Alternatively, on the concept car of this full-electric SUV, the darker area contains several safety sensors that are able to see through the polycarbonate material. These sensors are what protect all the passengers inside and the car itself. According to the company, the hardware and sensors on the Ariya shield are the same ones in the ProPilot 2.0 system. This system is already in the Skyline in Japan. Consequently, this entails that there are sonar and front-facing radar sensors, as well as an Around View Monitor camera.
A sophisticated and intricate safety measure means much time and effort, and those are what the Nissan designers and engineers gave. They went through multiple versions and revisions to ensure that the sensors not only work but perform exceptionally well through the material on the concept car. The results of the tests mean that the ProPilot system would still function if they were to put a grille like that on a Skyline.
Conversely, Nissan would be unable to install a sensor grille on a Skyline. The only way to make that possible is if they were to make an electric version of the Skyline. The reason why they were able to make the shield for the Ariya is that it is electric. Designers and engineers had the freedom to create a front end that looked nothing like what other vehicles had.
The lack of a gas-powered engine meant there is no need for a grille to let air in to cool it. The company has the idea that as the electric vehicle market starts to widen, there are more opportunities and ways to improve and revolutionize the production of said cars.
Although many car manufacturers have had cars with a sealed grille, the Ariya is not like those. The shield is made up of the same polycarbonate used in headlights, but opaque. In addition to that, it has metallic flakes to mimic the kumiko pattern (a pattern woodworking technique in Japanese). This seems fitting to Nissan’s design language, Japanese Futurism.
The Nissan Ariya EV is expected to go on sale in 2021. So far, there have been no details on pricing.