RAY MASSEY: Nissan’s new electric Ariya for UK showrooms
Nissan’s new Ariya family electric crossover set to finally hit UK showrooms in the New Year, says RAY MASSEY
It’s so long in coming, but the new electric crossover from Nissan’s Ariya family is set to finally hit UK showrooms in the new year.
The Japanese giant announced this week that it is now available for pre-order with the first deliveries to the UK in summer.
Electric dream: the future Ariya is the public’s most anticipated electric car
Perfect timing, as the Ariya has just been named the most anticipated electric car of 2022 by voting consumers at the annual DrivingElectric Awards, in which the MG ZS EV was named best value car and car of the year.
Prices start from Â£ 41,845 for the less powerful two-wheel drive version, with a range of 223 miles, aimed at families using their vehicle primarily in urban or suburban areas.
There’s a lot of sizzling from the top-of-the-line, all-wheel-drive performance model, but none of the versions qualify for the recently-cut plug-in car grant.
I first saw and crawled around the Ariya prototype almost ready for production in Japan when it was unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show in pre-Covid 2019 – what now appears to be a lifetime ago. – before the virtual online unveiling of the production model almost 18 months ago. in July 2020.
From launch there are four versions – in two battery sizes – with increasing power and with two or four-wheel drive, depending on the model: Advance (63kWh), Evolve (87kWh), e-4ORCE Evolve (87kWh) and e- 4ORCE Performance (87kWh).
The latter, priced at Â£ 58,440, tops the range with an all-wheel drive with two electric motors. It accelerates from rest to 62 mph in 5.1 seconds up to 124 mph and with a range of 248 miles.
Does it fit in my garage? New Nissan Ariya
Price: Â£ 41,845 to Â£ 58,440
Open order books: now
First deliveries to UK: summer 2022
To be able to: electric
Length: 4595 mm
Width: 1850 mm
Height: 1660 mm
Wheelbase: 2775 mm
Top speed: 99mph to 124mph
0-62 mph: 5.1 seconds to 7.6 seconds
Output power: 217 horsepower to 394 horsepower
Batteries: 63kWh and 87kWh
To drive: 2 wheel and 4 wheel drive.
Vary: 223 miles to 310 miles
Weight (depending on version and equipment): 1.8t – 2.3t
Wheels: 19 inches and 20 inches.
Four versions: Advance (63kWh), Evolve (87kWh), e-4ORCE Evolve (87kWh) and e-4ORCE Performance (87kWh).
Towing capacity: 750kg / 1.5t
2 driving wheels: 466 liters
4×4: 408 liters
Premium features include 20-inch alloy wheels (19-inch standard), panoramic sunroof, ten-speaker Bose audio system, advanced head-up display, smart rearview mirror, and leather front seats distinctive blue nappa.
The 242bhp two-wheel drive version offers a maximum range of 310 miles with a top speed of 99mph and rest at 62mph in 7.6 seconds.
Nissan Motor GB Managing Director Andrew Humberstone said: “Ariya is a bold new chapter in Nissan’s electrification journey and we are delighted that the public is as enthusiastic as we are at Nissan.”
Record places for the Rolls apprenticeship program
Covid lockdowns have been tough on young people, but here’s some good news for the New Year.
Luxury automaker Rolls-Royce, based in Goodwood, Sussex, this week announced a record 37 spots on its prestigious apprenticeship program.
Future Talent: Successful applicants from 2022 will spend two to four years receiving paid on-the-job training and part-time formal education
Successful applicants from 2022 will spend two to four years receiving paid on-the-job training and part-time formal education, leading to NVQ Level 3, HNC, HND and degree qualifications.
Torsten MÃ¼ller-ÃtvÃ¶s, CEO of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, said: âWe have always recognized the fundamental importance of investing in future talent.
As Spirit of Ecstasy celebrates the spirit of education, applicants should apply online at: rolls-royce motorcars.com/careers. Applications close on February 20, 2022.
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