(Editor’s note: The pricing in this article reflects the online reservable models of Nissan Ariya — Venture+, Evolve+, Premiere, Platinum+ — and not every trim level that will ultimately be available. Five additional models will be available closer to the on-sale date, with a starting price around $40,000 plus destination.)
Despite delays, the launch of the Nissan Ariya is getting closer and closer. Ahead of the 2021 Los Angeles Auto Show, Nissan has opened up its reservation system to get in line for the all new crossover EV.
With a $500 refundable deposit, customers will be able to reserve one of four different trims for the Ariya, and complete the entire purchase process online. The dealership that the customer works with will even deliver the Ariya to the customer’s house, meaning they can do the entire process while in their jammies.
All online reservable 2023 Nissan Ariya models will have an 87 kWh battery pack and come standard with front-wheel drive. The front-wheel drive models make 238 horsepower and 221 lb-ft of torque.
Only one of the four models that can be reserved currently is all-wheel drive. With the e-4orce dual motor setup, the Ariya makes 389 horsepower and 442 lb-ft of torque.
All Ariya models will charge at up to 130 kW on the CCS connector, and the battery packs are finally liquid cooled for active thermal management.
The least expensive model reservable is the Venture+ front-wheel drive. It starts at $47,125 with delivery and is eligible for the entire $7,500 federal tax credit. It has up to 300 miles of estimated range, though EPA verification is still pending.
The Venture+ includes wireless Apple Car Play and wired Android Auto, dual zone climate control, and Nissan’s ProPilot Assist level 2 driver assistance system.
Upgrading to the Evolve+ ($50,125 with delivery) reduces range to 285 miles, but adds a power panoramic moonroof, around-view monitor, a power center dash glove box, and wireless charging for your mobile device.
The Premiere ($54,625 with delivery) replaces standard ProPilot Assist with version 2.0 of the system, and ProPilot Park. Bigger wheels and illuminated kick plates are also added. These features are in addition to everything in the lower trims. This trim is also only available to customers who participate in the reservation program.
The only all-wheel drive variant available for the 2023 model year so far will be the Platinum+ e-4orce AWD ($60,125 with delivery). That includes more power, leather, motion activated lift gate, ventilated front seats, Bose premium audio, and active sound control.
While it’s a bit disappointing that all-wheel drive won’t be available on lesser trims in colder climates, the Platinum+ appears to be the luxury-minded trim. There will be more, non-reservable models closer to launch, so some of those will likely offer all-wheel drive.
A two year EVgo membership is included for reservation holders if they’re one of the first 10,000 reservations before Jan. 31, 2022, plus an additional $500 in charging credits when purchase is completed.
“The all-new Ariya is the embodiment of the new Nissan, and now customers can go out and be one of the first to reserve this game-changing electric crossover,” said Michael Colleran, senior vice president, Nissan U.S. and Marketing and Sales. “Ariya leverages our decade of expertise selling mass-market EVs, uniquely positioning Nissan and our dealers to deliver both a thrilling vehicle and outstanding ownership experience.”
Pricing for these reservable models are right in line with what you can expect from competitive vehicles with similar features. We also expect a standard range battery offering with a lower starting price closer to launch.
We look forward to driving it in the new year.
Update (11:35 am, 12/06/2021): Adjusted article to reflect that pricing is for the reservation-only models, and that additional models will be revealed closer to the on-sale date and will have a starting price around $40,000.