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Nissan Ariya lineup to gain new entry-level and flagship models

Nissan’s midsize Ariya electric SUV now starts at £39,645 and tops out with a new 388bhp flagship

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Nissan has given its Ariya mid-size electric SUV range a significant overhaul, expanding the range at both ends that improve its value proposition as well as offer a new high-spec option. As a former Auto Express Car of the Year winner, this new lower entry-point should make Nissan’s striking SUV even more appealing to a wider selection of buyers, coming without any compromise on range or performance

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This price-leading model is the new Engage trim, starting at £39,645 when fitted with the 63kWh battery. Its range is as per other models in the range, achieving around 250 miles on a charge, and still comes with all the key features including LED lighting, 18-inch alloy wheels and Nissan’s dual-screen infotainment setup. 

Sitting at the top of the range is a new Evolve+ trim, which uses the same e-4ORCE dual-motor system as the previous Evolve model, but increasing power from 302bhp to 388bhp together with a new peak torque of 600Nm. This will shoot the new flagship Ariya to 62mph in 5.1 seconds, a 0.6 second improvement over the 302bhp model. Estimated range is the same as other e-4ORCE models at 310 miles. Two-wheel drive variants with the 87kWh battery still have the longest estimated range at 330 miles. 

As well as more power, the Evolve+ trim also adds in larger 20-inch wheels as standard, plus a unique blue Nappa leather trim inside the cabin. This builds on the existing Evolve trim’s extensive suite of standard features including a glass roof, heated and cooled electric seats and a Bose sound system. The new top trim costs from £59,025. 

These new additions join the existing Advance and Evolve models, all the existing 63kWh models have picked up a £3,000 price drop, with 87kWh models upping this to £3,750, making the price disparity between them an even £5,000. 

These additions will no doubt help spread the appeal of Nissan’s mid-size electric SUV, where it competes in a crowded class that includes the Skoda Enyaq iV, Volkswagen ID.4, Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6

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Senior staff writer at Auto Express, Jordan joined the team after six years at evo magazine where he specialised in news and reviews of cars at the high performance end of the car market. 

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