|Seamus Morgan and Jeanne McGann of Nissan Ireland with the new Ayria.|
Nissan claim their new Ariya electric car is ‘another game changer’ for the brand, writes Trish Whelan. Ariya is a fully electric sporty crossover that drives like a performance car.
At last evening's launch, Seamus Morgan, Managing Director Nissan Ireland, said the brand is moving towards full electrification of their range, starting with Ariya which is the result of a combination of Nissan’s great success stories, Leaf EV, Qashqai Crossover and the performance expertise of the GTR. The front wheel drive version offers EV crossover style to appeal to high grade mainstream customers while the Ariya e-4ORCE gets dual motor all-wheel drive technology to offer increased balance, handling, comfort and performance.
Ariya will be available with two batteries. The 218hp, 63kWh battery will have a range of 402kms while the 242hp 87kWh version will have a range of 529kms. Both get 300 Nm torque. The very powerful e4ORCE with AWD will have 306hp and 600Nm of torque.
With a suitable quick charge facility, the battery can recover up to 300kms in 30 minutes. In this Nissan, the charging plug is a CCS. Using a home Wall Box the 7.4 kWh will take up to ten hours to charge, with 13 hours for the 87kWh version.
Launch prices for the 63kWh Advance model will start at €48,995 (inclusive of SEAI grant but exclusive of dealer deliver related charges). The 87kWh Evolve will be €66,995 (no grant is available for vehicles above €60,000). Nissan say the 87kWh will be available later at a lower entry price.
Full pricing from 1 June.