Adjusted pricing of the Nissan Ariya, the Japanese brand’s popular electric crossover, couldn’t come at a better time as the cost of living continues to wreak havoc with households around the UK. The new price point also ushers in two new trim grades – the Ariya Engage 2WD and Evolve+, the latter being a new range-topping e-Force option.
According to Nissan, the Ariya represents a fundamental cornerstone of the brand’s line-up. The two new models, as well as adjusted pricing, will help offset the expense of EV ownership and help make it more accessible to a broader audience.
Nic Thomas, Nissan GB Marketing Director said: “Nissan’s electrification strategy involves making EVs more accessible and a new entry grade and new top-spec variant, both timed with our enhanced pricing, are working to deliver a more enticing customer proposition, based on both price and performance.”
Adjusted pricing and Grade introduction
With immediate effect, all existing 63kWh Ariya models will be reduced by £3,000 while 87kWh variants will be slashed by £3,750. This reduces the price difference between the 63kWh and 87kWh batteries to £5,000. The Ariya race now starts at £39,645 and tops out at £59,025.
The entry-level Engage variant is available with a 2WD drivetrain and either a 63 or 87kWh battery. With 251 or 330 miles of range respectively (pending final homologation), the new model has the goods to adequately transport you from A to B without much range anxiety.
In terms of features, utilises LED headlamps with high-beam assist, front fog lamps, LED rear fog lamps, heated mirrors with automatic folding capabilities and 19-inch alloy wheels with aero covers. While the interior gets fabric seats, it does get mod cons such as Apple Carplay, Android Auto, Navigation and virtual personal assistant. Other niceties include a dual 12-inch TFT screen, power one-touch windows, rearview camera, heat pump and adjustable drive modes.
As previously mentioned, the Ariya Evolve+ e-4ORCE derivative offers the highest power output of the range, producing 388HP and 600Nm from its dual motors and a zero- 62mph sprint of just over five seconds – besting the exiting Evolve e-Force quite considerably. In addition to all the features of the existing Evolve – such as a panoramic opening sunroof, Intelligent Rear View Mirror, head-up display, power-adjustable centre console and steering column, Bose 10-speaker stereo and temperature-controlled front seats – Evolve+ will come fitted with 20-inch alloy wheels and Nappa Blue leather trim.