Nissan unveiled the IMx concept at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show to signal its intentions towards introducing an electr
Nissan unveiled the IMx concept at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show to signal its intentions towards introducing an electric SUV to the market. The original concept was then refined in October 2019 when the company debuted the Ariya concept at the same auto show in Japan with a closer-to-production exterior design. Fast forward to April 2020, it appears the production version has paid a visit to the patent office.
The adjacent images were posted on Instagram by user cars_secrets and claim to show the road-going Ariya. While you might be tempted to say these grainy photos are actually depicting last year’s concept, there are some subtle differences leading us to believe we’re actually looking at the production model.
Starting at the front, it appears the Ariya has gained some extra small rectangles (lights?) at the bottom of those triangular cutouts in the bumper. Speaking of which, the bumper has been slightly modified to accommodate a cap to conceal the tow hook, which the showcar obviously didn’t need and Nissan omitted that element to provide a cleaner look for the bumper.
The side profile shows the cap for the charging port pushed slightly towards the front of the fender as opposed to the concept where it sat right next to the door. For whatever reason, the patent images are showing the Ariya without the side mirrors, but those…