First Look: 2022 Nissan Ariya

Long-awaited EV stablemate to the Leaf is finally here, and the wait was worth it.

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The all-electric Nissan Ariya is expected to go on sale in Canada in late-2021. Nissan Canada

Was it worth the wait? That’s the big question surrounding the Nissan Ariya, the Japanese automaker’s all-electric crossover that was launched today during a virtual event at the Nissan Pavilion in Yokohama.

Along with Tesla Motors, Nissan has been at the forefront of the global, decade-long EV charge with its affordable Leaf model, which as of this writing is closing in on the half-a-million sold mark. For fans of that model, and the automaker itself, it’s been a long wait for the next Nissan EV.

Nissan’s first all-electric CUV has arrived and while it will still be some months before we get the opportunity to drive the Ariya, the specs that were released today, along with a few dozen exterior and interior images, are very encouraging indeed.

Here’s what we do know:

The Ariya will be available in either front-wheel or all-wheel-drive configurations and will come with two battery choices: a standard 65 kWh with an output of 160 kW (215 horsepower), torque of 221 lbs.-ft and a full-charge range of 321 kilometres; and a long-range 90 kWh pack with an output of 290 kW (389 hp), torque of 443 lbs.-ft and a range of 482 km (ranges are preliminary Nissan estimates). Each battery pack is available in either the two-wheel or four-wheel models.

A centrepiece of the Ariya’s drivetrain technology is that all-wheel-drive system, dubbed e-4ORCE. As with the Leaf’s revolutionary e-Pedal system, which introduced the concept of one-pedal driving, this twin electric motor represents a big leap forward for AWD EVs. It is, according to Nissan press notes, “the progeny of the Nissan GT-R’s ATTESA E-TS torque split system.”

The system is designed to apply independent brake control at each of the four wheels to maximize the cornering force generated by each one, in addition to optimizing front and rear torque allocation. All this promises to provide a very direct steering input feel, all the while managing power output and braking performance. And, regenerative torque is distributed to all four wheels.

In addition to having e-Pedal, the Ariya also comes equipped with the latest iteration of Nissan’s advanced driver assistance technology, ProPILOT Assist 2.0. This form of driving assistance, working with a full suite of active safety features, allows for some hands-off driving and hints at that autonomous future we keep being told is coming soon.

There are no such subtle hints to that future when it comes to the Ariya’s cabin, described in press notes as a ‘lounge’ and embracing a design philosophy that Nissan refers to as ‘Timeless Japanese Futurism.’ Looking at the images of the interior, particularly the thin seats and spacious legroom front and rear, the Ariya appears to be the first production vehicle to incorporate the autonomous cockpit we have seen in concept vehicles of the past half-decade.

The Ariya’s all-new EV platform — called the Alliance CMF-EV — allows for a flat and open floor, and designers took full advantage, even moving all the climate control components that are typically located by the front occupants’ feet to the empty space in the crossover’s front hood.

To enhance that sense of minimalism, the Ariya’s instrument panels are devoid of buttons and switches. Instead, capacitive haptic switches allow for the same mechanical feel by vibrating when touched. And the two horizontal display screens running across three-quarters of the dashboard complete that futuristic, yet very functional, feel. Another nod to our possible autonomous future is a centre storage box and foldout tray that provides room for a laptop, or a meal.

The adjustable centre console can be moved to suit the driving conditions — from ‘I’m in full control’ mode to ‘stop-and-go one-pedal’ mode – and features a small, fit-in-your-palm shifter and haptic drive mode controls.

Which brings us to the exterior, which isn’t that too far removed from crossover design in 2020, but still with enough interesting nuances to tell you something is different about this vehicle. Most notable is the front grille featuring a shield that incorporates a 3D traditional Japanese kumiko pattern. It’s not just for show though, as it provides a stylish cover for sensors used for driver assistance functions. Thin LED headlamps feature four 20mm mini-projectors and are arranged in Nissan’s V-motion design language, albeit a new, EV-inspired one. Likewise, the rear of the Ariya gets some special treatment, including a one-piece light blade that gives a blackout effect when in park and a consistent red illumination when in use, day or night.

Ariya is offered with six two-tone exterior paint combinations, each sporting a black roof, and three full-body colours.

Pricing has yet to be released, and it’s expected to go on sale in Canada in the latter part of 2021.

June 2020 Update

We at Milton Nissan sure hope you are keeping healthy and happy during this unique time! It sure is weird times for all of us, but we are happy to have been able to be open since the middle of May. We are continuing to keep the mandated protocols in place. All of our vehicles are sanitized, 6-feet of distance is being maintained, and hand sanitizer, masks, and gloves are available for use by both customers and staff. If you are uncomfortable stepping foot in our dealership whether it be for service or sales, we would be happy to assist by phone or email!

Sales this month

We are happy to have our full sales staff available to assist you in finding your next vehicle! The last few months have reshaped much of the world and we are no exception to this here at Milton Nissan. We have introduced our new vehicle inventory to our website and we have made available the opportunity for you to buy your new or used vehicle directly from our website. For the month of June, we are happy to have a great offer available on the brand new 2020 Nissan Sentra! We also have some remaining 2019 models that are reduced to clear-out pricing.

Service this month

Living in beautiful Ontario we are heading into the optimal time for us to enjoy the beautiful outdoors! Those road trips to your favourite summer destination may be on hold given the current circumstances, but hopefully they won’t be on hold all summer long so long as it’s safe! We want to help you ensure that your vehicle is ready to get you to your destination when you can visit your favourite summer spot. Our Nissan certified service technicians know your Nissan best and would be happy to help you! Throughout the months of June and July we are happy to offer a complimentary multipoint inspection, 13% off an oil and filter change, and 13% off any recommended brake replacement. Give us a call at your earliest convenience to book your vehicles service so that it is ready for your next road trip!


Car in the garage during the pandemic? Here’s how you care for it.

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Since the coronavirus pandemic effectively shutdown most of the country in mid-March, many Canadians have been home from work or school — meaning many cars have been used less.

Unfortunately, sitting still for prolonged periods of time can be detrimental to your vehicle.

“All vehicles are meant to be driven,” said Andrew Harkness, head of aftersales at Nissan Canada. “If they’re not being driven, over time they might not work properly when it is time to be driving more often.”

To avoid problems, Harkness recommends operating the vehicle “every few days or once a week.”

However, this may not be possible as the pandemic goes on.

If you’re in a position where your car will remain sheltered in place for a long period of time, there are some basic tests you can perform to avoid any serious problems.

Engine and oil

When you’re not driving regularly, the oil in your car can deteriorate due to fluctuations in temperature — especially in an unpredictable Canadian spring.

First, pop the hood and check engine fluid levels. “By this, we mean engine oil, brake fluid and transmission fluid,” Harkness said.

If your car sits for too long, these fluids can “separate” and oil can “settle” — a situation that can cause significant engine problems in the future.

If you haven’t started your car in a while but need to take it somewhere, consider changing the oil before starting it for the first time.

To avoid this, idle your vehicle for a couple of minutes and then drive it for 10 to 20 minutes.

Tires

Tires lose air over time, and sitting in one spot for as few as 30 days can be harmful.

“When a vehicle sits for long periods of time, flat spots develop in the tires,” Harkness said.

Inside the driver door of every vehicle, there’s a sticker with recommended tire pressures. Compare your tire pressure to these recommendations.

If your tires are comparatively low, “pump up the tires to the recommended pressure,” Harkness said.

To avoid flat spots, move your car slightly forward or slightly back every few weeks.

“Consider rolling the vehicle slightly fore or aft if you can to resituate its feet,” Steven Greenspan, instructor and education manager at Universal Technical Institute, told motor trend.

Your tires are more likely to deteriorate if they’re already older.

Check for cracked rubber, flaking, bulging or discoloration caused by age, and if you’re storing it outside, consider covering them to protect them from the sun.

When you’re ready to drive again, carefully inspect all these aspects of your tires before hitting the road.

Battery

According to Harkness, car batteries can “discharge” over time if they’re not in use.

“To prevent a dead battery, we recommend taking your vehicle out for a drive to charge the battery and keep all the fluids circulating,” he said.

“Going out for a drive also combats rust that can build on brake rotors, essentially cleaning off the brakes’ surface.”

Every few weeks…

Harkness recommends taking the vehicle for a spin, even if you have nowhere to go.

“We recommend idling the vehicle for just a couple of minutes, to circulate all fluids, then drive it for 10 to 20 minutes until the engine and transmission come to full operating temperature,” he said.

“Make sure to apply the brakes several times during the drive to clean any surface rust off the brake rotors.”

He also recommends washing your car, even if no one is going to see it.

“Over time, the elements and environmental contaminants can damage your car’s paint,” Harkness said.

“It’s a good idea to give it a wash every week or when you notice it’s getting dirty.”

Review: 2020 Nissan Sentra SR Premium

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I’d like everyone to take a minute to think about which model remains Nissan’s bestselling car of all-time in Canada.

It’s not the Frontier pickup or its Hustler predecessor. It’s not the Pathfinder SUV, which is one of the earliest Nissans to be sold in Canada. It’s not even the Rogue CUV, currently the brand’s best-seller for the better part of three years or so. The GT-R? Yeah, right. Wouldn’t that be the day?

It’s none of those.

Review: 2020 Nissan Sentra SR Premium

It’s actually the Sentra compact sedan, of which they have sold almost 330,000 in Canada since 1990. That may seem a strange stat in this day and age of crossovers being the vehicles of choice when it comes to affordable motoring, but back in the ‘90s that body style hadn’t really staked its claim on the market yet. Compact sedans like the Sentra were the way to go for first-time car buyers and so on.

Review: 2020 Nissan Sentra SR Premium

Thing is, most popular category or not, the Sentra faces some stiff competition from the likes of the Honda Civic – otherwise known as the bestselling passenger car in Canada since the Jurassic Age – and the Toyota Corolla, otherwise known as the bestselling car in the world since the Jurassic Age. So yeah, there’s all that.

Not to mention that the Corolla and Civic were both all-new in the not-so-distant past, so the Sentra – all-new for 2020 — has its work cut out if it wants to at least keep its place on the “bestselling Nissan” mantle.

One thing it does have in its favour, however, is the badge sitting within the “V” of the Nissan V-Motion grille. Nissan, for all its recent troubles, has always been known for not being afraid to up the ante in the “quirkiness” department on its cars. Think crazy stuff like the Pulsar NX sports car and its shooting-brake “Sportbak” twin, or the original Pathfinder with its optional two-door body style and triangular side windows. Then there’s the Cube mini-minivan, the GT-R, hitherto one of the most cult-like cars we’ve ever seen; even the Leaf, which took the world by (electrical) storm as the first mass-produced EV beating the long-awaited Chevrolet Volt to the punch by a matter of months. For better or worse, they’ve never really shied away from pushing the envelope.

SR adds flash 18” wheels, special rocker panels and a trunk lid spoiler while the most aggressive V-Motion grille ever seen on the Sentra helps lower and widen the stance when seen head-on. It reminds me a lot of a junior Altima, which is good because that, too, is a good-looking car. The Electric Blue ‘do, meanwhile, recalls the GT-R’s popular Bayside Blue colour and wraps it all up in a taut, sparkly package. It’s an exercise in near-perfect proportions and smart detailing, and I absolutely love it.

Inside, nods to the Sentra being a little more “athletic” continue: flat-bottomed steering wheel (that’s actually functional as it does provide some much-appreciated room for your thighs), faux-carbon appliqués on the doors and gauge cluster hood as well as contrast-colour stitching on the leatherette seats are all nice touches. There’s more room up-front, meanwhile, than you’ll find in the Civic, Corolla or Elantra and while that means space is compromised in the back seat, I don’t mind as how many adults are spending long drives in the back of compact sedans anyway?

Review: 2020 Nissan Sentra SR Premium

Plus, it’s not all about the numbers, but also how you use the space: the centre console bin may appear shallow – as in, you won’t fit much more than a deck of cards in there – but its depth at least gives the impression you could fit a four-litre jug of milk down there. Should be no problem with typical fares like wallets or snacks, then. I do wish, though, that there was at least a modicum of a shelf so you don’t have to reach so deep to get your wallet out. The glove box is big, there’s a nice grippy pad at the base of the centre stack for your mobile and the sunglasses holder seems big enough to fit a pair of Sir Elton John’s frames. Or those of your Aunt Silvia.

The back seats, meanwhile, can fold flat with a tug on the shoulder-mounted lever even with the driver’s seat pushed almost all the way back – which is good, because you can’t remove the headrests in order to more easily fold the seat. They do make fitting a forward-facing child’s seat a little awkward, though, since you have to pull the shoulder anchor around them instead of beneath them, but at least once in, I had little trouble getting my two-year-old in there because the door opening is wide, if a little short thanks to the aggressively-slanting roofline.

Introducing the Nissan Ariya Concept, a powerful all-wheel-drive EV crossover

The Nissan Ariya Concept was designed to fully embody the three pillars of Nissan Intelligent Mobility – Intelligent Driving, Intelligent Power and Intelligent Integration. Combining advanced electric-vehicle technology with a new level of seamless human-machine interface connectivity. The Concept’s bold styling and unconventional elements, inside and out, is very close to production-quality.

The Ariya Concept is installed with the new ProPILOT Remote Park and ProPILOT 2.0, offering seamless and adaptive travel experiences free of accidents, harmful emissions or heavy traffic jams. It signals the dawn of a new era for Nissan as the company embarks to redefine its brand philosophy for the next evolutionary phase of the automobile. Nissan designers and engineers share their inspiration and thoughts on developing the concept.

First Look: 2021 Nissan Versa

Nissan is doubling down on sedans in Canada with the 2021 Versa

Where many manufacturers — Ford and the other domestics, especially — are slowly abandoning the sedan segment, Nissan appears to be doubling down. Hot on the heels of its all-wheel-drive Altima and the first competitive Sentra in at least 20 years comes news, released ahead of this year’s Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto, that the subcompact Versa sedan is coming back to Canada.

Subcompact more in name than size, the 2021 Versa’s calling card will no doubt be its versatility and roominess. Simply put, no other small car in the segment feels quite as large. The cargo capacity, for instance, is listed at 425 litres but it feels more like a genuine three-Hoffa trunk. OK, I’m exaggerating a little, but at least two full-sized golf bags or rotund little union/mafia potentates — whichever you’re in the business of hauling — will slide into it low load floor without too much problem.

The cabin is equally roomy, especially in the rear. Technically, there are 787 millimetres of legroom in the rear, but even that more-than-competitive specification doesn’t do the Versa justice. In the good ol’ how-much-room-do-I-have-behind-a-six-foot-driver test, the Versa excels. Indeed, between the expansive cabin and the useful trunk, the Versa makes a good argument that you don’t need a crossover to be practical. It’s also a little sexier inside, the plastic trim bits an upgrade from small Nissans past and the two-tone seats covered in an upscale weave. Unusually — because these days, all infotainment screens are perched atop dashboards — the Versa’s touchscreen is integrated into the dash. It gives what’s otherwise a basic interior a touch of class.

Where many manufacturers — Ford and the other domestics, especially — are slowly abandoning the sedan segment, Nissan appears to be doubling down. Hot on the heels of its all-wheel-drive Altima and the first competitive Sentra in at least 20 years comes news, released ahead of this year’s Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto, that the subcompact Versa sedan is coming back to Canada.

2021 Nissan Versa
2021 Nissan Versa

Finally, according to Scott Pak, Nissan’s senior manager of product planning, the Versa’s main differentiator maybe its host of safety features, including Intelligent Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Rear Intelligent Emergency Braking, Lane Departure Warning, and High Beam Assist. Throw in the Blind Spot Warning and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, and you have the entire suite of Nissan Safety Shield 360 gizmos.

As for the cost of all this goodness, Pak will only say that the Versa will competitive on a feature-by-feature basis, Nissan Canada only releasing pricing closer to the Versa’s late summer launch. In the meantime, it’s a pretty sexy subcompact.

THE 2020 KICKS NOW ON SALE

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Nissan Canada has revealed pricing for the 2020 Kicks SUV. The model enters its third year on the market with still three flavours available to the consumer: S, SV and SR. Each comes with a front-wheel-drive configuration.

Starting pricing for those three trims has been set thusly: $19,298 (S), $21,998 (SV) and $23,998 (SR). Respectively, these represent increases of $1,000, $770 and $600 over last year. To those totals, of course, add close to $2,000 for transport and prep, A/C tax , etc.

Then the model is essentially the same in 2019, though worth noting is the addition of the Safety Shield 360 suite of safety features as standard on each version. That includes intelligent emergency braking with pedestrian detection, rear intelligent emergency braking, lane departure warning, radar-based blind-spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert and high beam assist.

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Nissan has also added side airbags to the rear seats in every version of the 2020 Kicks. In addition, with the SV and SR trims buyers get intelligent driver alertness as well as rear door alert.

The Mechanics
Under the hood, the new Kicks is the same as the old Kicks, in that it’s still powered by a 1.6K 4-cylinder engine good for 122 hp and 114 lb-ft of torque working in conjunction with a CVT (continuously variable transmission). While this unit is stingy in terms of offering driving pleasure, it does in return deliver excellent fuel economy: consumption figures are 7.7L/100 km (city) and 6.6L/100 km (highway), for a combined 7.2L/100 km.

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NISSAN INTRODUCES AN IMPROVED QASHQAI FOR 2020

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Nissan Introduces an Improved Qashqai for 2020
The 2020 Qashqai Now Available

Nissan Canada has made public details regarding the changes being made to its Nissan Qashqai model for 2020. There are mild price increases across the trim range, but each version gets several new standard features – starting with the base model.

Most obvious of course are the esthetic modifications being made to the model’s looks. Nissan says the changes are designed to give the Qashqai a sportier demeanour, but also to create stronger differentiation with the automaker’s larger Rogue SUV. Most apparent is the new nose given to the model, along with available LED headlights and rear lights. Standard equipment has also been boosted in each trim.

The Nissan Safety Shield 360 suite of systems is now included standard from the S base model on up, but as a consequence that entry-level version now costs $1,300 more than before. The features included in that suite are part of Nissan’s Intelligent Mobility initiative and include automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitor and rear transversal alert, as well as automatic high beams.

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Available as options are ProPilot Assist, driver alertness monitor, traffic sign recognition and a premium Bose audio system. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility are included standard with the NissanConnect system, which also includes a 7-inch touchscreen.

For the rest, the Qashqai is still powered by a 2.0L 4-cylinder engine delivering 141 hp in conjunction with a continuously variable transmission. An Eco mode allows for driving in more fuel-economical mode. To the delight of many, a 5-speed manual transmission is still available as an option (on the FWD S version).