Nissan has opened the order books for its new electric SUV – the Ariya.
The Japanese carmaker revealed the Ariya in July 2020 but only now has it priced up.
Costing from £41,845, the model comes with two battery options: a 63kWh on the entry-level Advance spec, and an 87kWh on the three higher trims, called Evolve, e-4orce Evolve and e-4orce Performance.
The e-4orce models have all-wheel drive, so more performance, while the two-wheel-drive models prioritise achievable distance on a charge. The Evolve 87kWh has the longest with a claimed range of 310 miles – prices start at £51,090.
At the top of the line-up is the e-4orce Performance, which makes 389bhp and 600Nm of torque – a huge increase on the base model’s 214bhp and 300Nm.
They can hit 60 in 5.1 seconds and go on to 124mph but have the second-lowest range in the line-up at 248 miles.
Nissan has ditched the CHAdeMO rapid-charging format used with the Leaf and e-NV200, instead fitting a CCS format socket that’s more widely used. The firm ha also fitted a 22kW on-board charger on all models apart from the Advance, where it’s an £895 option.
The Ariya goes up against the Tesla Model Y, Ford Mustang Mach-E, Volkswagen ID.4 and Volvo XC40 Recharge.
At 4,595mm, it’s shorter than the Model Y but longer than the Volvo and Nissan’s own Qashqai.
Top-spec models start at £58,440 and come with a 10-speaker Bose sound system, digital head-up display, electric panoramic sunroof, 20-inch alloy wheels and blue Nappa leather upholstery.
Andrew Humberstone, managing director of Nissan Motors GB, said: ‘We are thrilled to be opening orders for our 100 per cent electric crossover – the all-new Nissan Ariya.
‘This cutting-edge EV represents the confidence and dare-to-do ambition of the Nissan brand.
‘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.’
Deliveries are expected to begin in summer 2022.