Nissan has announced that the all-new 100% electric Ariya coupé crossover, capable of up to 310 miles on a single charge, is now available to pre-order, with the first deliveries beginning summer 2022.
The Ariya’s UK line-up features four versions: Advance (63kWh), Evolve (87kWh), e-4ORCE Evolve (87kWh) and e-4ORCE Performance (87kWh). All four versions of Ariya will be available at launch.
‘On the road’ prices start from £41,845 for Advance 63kWh versions, rising to £58,440 for the e-4ORCE Performance 87kWh model.
Andrew Humberstone, managing director of Nissan Motor (GB), said that the “cutting-edge” electric vehicle (EV) represents the “confidence and dare-to-do ambition” of the Nissan brand.
He continued: “We’re taking over a decade of experience in leading the market with electric vehicles and ensuring our customer-focused expertise and network capability delivers a model that’s as rewarding to own as it is to drive.
“We know that UK customers are going to be seriously impressed with the new standards Ariya will bring to the segment in 2022.”
The range-topping specification includes premium features such as a 10-speaker Bose sound system, digital Head Up Display, Intelligent Rear View Mirror, Electric Panoramic Sunroof, dynamic 20” alloy wheels with aero covers, and distinctive Blue Nappa leather seat fronts.
Speaking to Fleet News last year, Helen Perry, head of electric passenger cars and infrastructure for Nissan in Europe, said that she expected Ariya to be "super interesting" to the fleet customer and the user-chooser buyer.
Cap HPI says that the 2WD Ariya Advance 63kWh and AWD Ariya Evolve e-4ORCE 87kWh (22kW charger) are expected to retain 57% value over 3years/30,000miles.
A Cap HPI spokesman said: “The Ariya has an attractive futuristic premium exterior design and the interior uses excellent materials with good fit and finish.”
The Ariya 63kWh two-wheel drive model, which is capable of up to 223 miles on a single charge, provides value for those primarily using their vehicle in urban or suburban areas, says Nissan.
The Ariya 87kWh offers two-wheel drive with an extended range of up to 310 miles.
The Ariya e-4ORCE 87kWh all-wheel drive combines the benefits of longer range (up to 285 miles) and a comfortable ride for all on-board thanks to the balanced power delivered to all four wheels together with significantly increased torque.
Meanwhile, the Ariya e-4ORCE 87kWh Performance is ideal for drivers seeking the thrill that comes with a high-power output of 394PS and 600Nm of available torque, says the manufacturer. Range is up to 248 miles.
Csaba Vincze, fleet director at Nissan GB, said: “‘The Ariya is a very attractive proposition for company car drivers and salary sacrifice car schemes and comes complete with Nissan’s ten-year heritage of producing class-leading electric vehicles.
“With P11D prices starting from £41,790 and low benefit-in-kind (BiK) rates for EVs – just 1% in 2021-22 and then 2% in 2022-23 – the Ariya also provides substantial tax savings for the driver versus petrol and diesel fuelled models.”
Ariya will be offered with a choice of 10 body colours, including pearlescent, metallic and premium metallic shades together with six distinctive two-tone options.
Inside the cockpit, there are three dashboard colours (black, blue and grey) matched to four sleek upholstery styles, dependent on version, option pack and exterior colour of vehicle.
The twin electric motor, all-wheel-drive Ariya versions will feature Nissan's most advanced all-wheel control technology, e-4ORCE.
Born from the company's rich history of developing all-terrain technology that balances power output, braking performance and that helps drivers to go farther, e-4ORCE enhances driver confidence, says Nissan, by tracing the intended driving line over almost any road surface and enabling them to maintain their optimum driving style and input.