Nissan taking pre-orders for its 2023 Ariya all-electric SUV, the first such model from the company
Nissan has opened reservations for its Ariya electric SUV with prospective customers invited to put down a refundable US$500 deposit. The EV was supposed to reach the US this year but has been delayed with a fall 2022 the current projection for availability. The Ariya will join the popular, and trailblazing, Nissan Leaf compact EV and will be the first electric SUV from the Japanese company.
The Nissan Ariya will come in four major trims, the Venture Plus, Evolve Plus, Premiere and the Platinum Plus. Prices start at around US$53,540 but can go as low as US$45,950 after potential Federal tax credits and range through over US$60,000 for a fully specced model. All models are fitted with the same 87 kWh battery while the first three trim levels are all front wheel drive and are equipped with a 238-horsepower AC synchronous motor. The Platinum Plus model picks all-wheel drive and a more powerful 389-horsepower motor but its range drops slightly from the 285 miles of the less powerful models to a still respectable 265 miles.
The Nissan Ariya is the first of what will be an expected wave of new EV models from Nissan. Like most car companies, it is aiming to increase the proportion of EVs it sells as it transitions its vehicles from internal combustion engines (ICE) to electric drivetrains. The company is aiming for its fully electric models to account for 40 percent of its sales by 2030 while also supplementing these with hybrid and plug-in hybrid models. As an added bonus for customers who put down a deposit for the Ariya, the first 10,000 to do so will also get a discount when topping up at EVgo charging stations to help encourage uptake of its latest model.