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RAY MASSEY: Nissan’s new electric Ariya set for UK showrooms

Nissan’s new electric Ariya family crossover set finally to charge into UK showrooms in New Year, says RAY MASSEY


Such a long time coming, but Nissan’s new electric Ariya family crossover is set finally to charge into UK showrooms in the New Year. 

The Japanese giant this week announced that it’s now available to pre-order with first UK deliveries in summer.  

Electric dream: The forthcoming Ariya is the public’s most anticipated e-car

Perfect timing, as the Ariya has just been named Most Anticipated Electric Car of 2022 by voting consumers in the annual DrivingElectric Awards, in which the MG ZS EV was named best value car and overall Car of the Year. 

Prices start from £41,845 for the lowest powered two-wheel drive version, with a range of 223 miles, aimed at families using their vehicle mainly in urban or suburban areas. 

There’s plenty of sizzle from the top of the range, all-wheel drive performance model, but none of the versions qualifies for the recently cut plug-in car grant. 

I first saw and crawled around the near production-ready Ariya prototype in Japan when it was unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show in pre-Covid 2019 — which now seems like a lifetime ago — ahead of the production model’s virtual online unveiling nearly 18 months ago in July 2020. 

From launch, there are four versions — in two battery sizes — of increasing power and with either two or four-wheel drive, depending on model: Advance (63kWh), Evolve (87kWh), e-4ORCE Evolve (87kWh) and e-4ORCE Performance (87kWh). 

This last, priced at £58,440, tops the range with all-wheel drive from twin electric motors. It accelerates from rest to 62mph in 5.1 seconds up to of 124mph and with a range of 248 miles. 

Will it fit in my garage? New Nissan Ariya 

Price: £41,845 to £58,440

Order books open: now

First UK deliveries: summer 2022

Power: electric

Emissions: zero

Length: 4595 mm

Width: 1850 mm

Height: 1660 mm

Wheelbase: 2775 mm

Top speed: 99mph to 124mph

0-62mph: 5.1 seconds to 7.6 seconds

Power output: 217 horse-power to 394hp

Batteries: 63kWh and 87kWh

Drive: 2-wheel and 4-wheel drive.

Range: 223 miles to 310 miles

Weight (depending on version and equipment): 1.8t – 2.3t

Wheels: 19 inch and 20 inch.

Four versions: Advance (63kWh), Evolve (87kWh), e-4ORCE Evolve (87kWh) and e-4ORCE Performance (87kWh).

Towing capacity: 750kg / 1.5t

Luggage Capacity:

2WD: 466 litres

4WD: 408 litres

Premium features include 20in alloy wheels (19in is standard), a panoramic sunroof, ten-speaker Bose sound system, advanced head-up display, an intelligent rear view mirror, and distinctive blue nappa leather seat fronts. 

The two-wheel drive 242 hp version gives a maximum extended range of 310 miles with a top speed of 99mph and rest to 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 thrilled that the public is just as excited as we are at Nissan.’

Record places for Rolls’ apprenticeship scheme 

Covid lockdowns have been hard on young people, but here’s some good news for the New Year. 

Luxury car-maker Rolls-Royce, based at Goodwood in Sussex, has this week announced a record 37 places on its prestigious apprenticeship scheme. 

Future talent: Successful candidates starting in 2022 will spend two to four years receiving paid on-the-job training and part-time formal education

Future talent: Successful candidates starting in 2022 will spend two to four years receiving paid on-the-job training and part-time formal education

Successful candidates starting in 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. 

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös said: ‘We have always recognised the fundamental importance of investing in future talent.’ 

As the Spirit of Ecstasy celebrates the spirit of education, candidates should apply online at: rolls-royce motorcars.com/careers. Applications close on February 20, 2022. 

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