Such a Tease

Nissan Ariya electric SUV teased ahead of July 15 reveal

The Nissan Ariya electric SUV is a long time coming.

Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

Nissan's new battery-powered crossover is nearly ready to shed it's cover. The 2021 Nissan Ariya will debut on July 15. Ahead of its debut, the company has revealed a teaser website, complete with imagery of the vehicle.

But, we already know pretty much what it will look like. The Nissan Ariya Concept from last year was a model that required moderate amounts of exterior refinement to get to product form. Then, earlier this year, Nissan gave a further peek in a video showcasing the 12 models they plan to debut in the next 18 months. When the redesigned 2021 Nissan Rogue premiered a few weeks ago, it showed similar lines to the Ariya.

The 2021 Ariya's narrow LED headlights, illuminated LED V-motion grille, and strong, tall stance are immediately visible in the teaser image. When you turn the brightness up on the image, you get a better idea of the shape of the vehicle (and you get to see some stars that Nissan put in the background because they knew we would look).

2021 Nissan Ariya Brightening the picture of the Ariya on the website reveals additional details.Photo courtesy of Nissan Motors

But, it may not actually be a grille. Electric vehicles don't have the type of cooling requirements as those with internal combustion engines. Instead, the model may have a sensor shield.

We also know that the SUV will likely have Nissan's e-4orce all-wheel drive system.

In the brightened image the fog light housings are shown flanking the SUV's deep grille. There are slightly flared fenders that draw the eye backward. It looks like the side mirror caps are a different color than the body of the model.

While the underpinnings cannot be seen in the photo, it's been promised that the model is to be performance-focused. That's a rather big deal for a company whose powertrains aren't exactly known for knocking socks off.

Nissan has already told us to not expect to see a tablet-style infotainment system in its future models so look for the Ariya to follow suit.

Range, battery size, motors, and vehicle weight will all be announced soon, as will the delivery timetable. Expect the Ariya to go up against the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E when it arrives on dealership lots. In addition to the inevitable questions about range, the Ariya will need to compete against the Mustang Mach-E and Tesla's lineup when it comes to driver assist technology to have a chance at being top of the heap.

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GM outlines huge investment in new EV production

The $7 billion number is GM's largest single investment to date.

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Automakers are not shy about their plans to electrify their vehicle lineups. In fact, it's just the opposite, as most can't wait to release a media kit that sings the virtues of moving toward electrification and outlines their commitments to investing billions to make the move a reality. General Motors has been more active than most, building new facilities and revamping existing factories to handle new-age EV manufacturing. Today, the auto giant announced a further investment to build a new plant and overhaul the Orion Township facility in Michigan. The move creates thousands of jobs and positions GM as an early powerhouse in the EV race.

GM EV investment. GM says its new and existing facilities will create and retain thousands of jobs.General Motors

The $7 billion investment is slated for four Michigan manufacturing facilities. GM says the move will create 4,000 new jobs and retain 1,000 existing positions, and notes that the amount represents the single largest investment in company history. A new Ultium Cells battery plant in Lansing is part of the deal, along with the conversion of the GM assembly planting Orion Township. Orion will eventually house production of the upcoming Chevrolet Silverado EV and the electric GMC Sierra, making it the second of GM's facilities dedicated to building electric pickup trucks.

The Orion and Ultium Cells Lansing facilities will help GM boost its total full-size electric truck production to 600,000 units per year when both Factory Zero and Orion are in full swing. Though Ford sells more full-size trucks than Chevy or GMC individually, GM notes that the two combined move more trucks per year than The Blue Oval. The two plants join General Motors' existing EV-ready facilities that include Factory Zero in Detroit-Hamtramck, Spring Hill Assemble in Tennessee, CAMI in Ontario, and the Ramos Arizpe Assembly facility in Mexico.

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The iX M60 will hit dealers' lots in June 2022.

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BMW's electric vehicle catalog is growing rapidly as the automaker rolls out new electrified cars and SUVs. The latest is the iX M60, a red-hot five-seat SUV with sleek styling and a spectacular list of standard features. BMW announced the new SUV this week, along with pricing and release date details.

The iX M60 is BMW's first performance-oriented electric SUV, though BMW calls it a sports activity vehicle, or SAV. Its powertrain has been massaged to produce up to 610 horsepower and 811 pound-feet of torque. Maximum power delivery is limited to times when the vehicle's launch control is activated, but even the "normal" numbers are impressive: In regular driving situations, the iX puts down 532 horsepower and 749 pound-feet of torque. Acceleration to 60 mph takes 3.6 seconds and the iX M60 can go on to an electronically-limited top speed of 155 mph.

2023 BMW iX M60 Though extremely sporty, BMW doesn't shy away from using loads of luxurious finishes and materials. BMW

The iX brings more than performance, as its charging capabilities are quite strong. Using AC power, the vehicle can charge from 0-100 percent in 10.25 hours on its fastest setting. Using its fastest DC power setting, the iX can charge from 10 to 80% in just 35 minutes.

Two electric motors power the SUV, which provide standard all-wheel drive. Dual-axle air suspension is standard, along with electronically-controlled shock absorbers. BMW says that the air suspension is controlled individually at each wheel, so the vehicle can adjust ride height in several ways to maintain stability and remain level in corners.

2023 BMW iX M60 The vehicle can run from 0-60 mph in under four seconds and features standard AWD.BMW

When it goes on sale in June, 2022, the 2023 BMW iX M60 will have a starting price of $106,095, which includes a $995 destination charge. That's a flagship price tag, but the SUV's got the performance and a flagship-level list of standard features. That six-figure dollar amount buys 21-inch wheels, heated and ventilated front seats, wireless phone charging, AC fast charging, a panoramic sunroof, LED headlights, a Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound System, four-zone automatic climate controls, and more.

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