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2022 Nissan Ariya: price, specs and release date

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Nissan Ariya 2022

The Nissan Ariya is Nissan's first electric SUV with a practical, high-tech interior and a range of up to 310 miles.

Keep reading for all the info on Nissan's most exciting family car since the original Nissan Qashqai

Nissan Ariya EV

2022 Nissan Ariya price and release date

Expect prices for the 2022 Nissan Ariya to start from around £45,000 – £15,000 more than a conventional equivalent such as the Nissan Qashqai. Top-of the-range 63kWh Ariya models are likely to cost closer to £60,000. It is expected to go on sale at the beginning of 2022. 

Rivals for the Nissan Ariya will include electric SUVs like the Volkswagen ID.4, Volvo XC40 Recharge, Kia e-Niro and the Mercedes EQA.

Nissan Ariya electric SUV

2022 Nissan Ariya styling

The Nissan Ariya follows the blueprint for a new electric SUV to the letter. Up front, it has a sealed grille and headlights that look more like illuminated slashes. A coupe-style roofline means the car cuts through the air more efficiently, you get aero-friendly wheels and black plastic cladding which disguises the large battery hidden in the floor. 

Around the back, the boot-mounted spoiler is another sacrifice to the aero gods and you also get pretty LED lighting. The Ariya's hatchback-style boot means you get a large opening for loading.

Nissan Ariya interior

2022 Nissan Ariya interior

The 2022 Nissan Ariya has been built from the ground up to be an electric car so there's no need for a transmission tunnel to run down the centre of the car and the car's ventilation system can be housed under the bonnet where you would usually find a petrol or diesel engine. The result is a cabin that feels very roomy.

And very modern. Lighting below the dashboard makes it look like it is floating from the bulkhead and you get two 12.3-inch infotainment displays that are detailed and colourful backed up by haptic buttons that only appear from behind wooden trims when the car is on. Voice activation can be used to control almost anything, and the car can download updates from the cloud using its embedded 4G. Expect Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to be fitted as standard.

Passenger space should be better than in the Nissan Qashqai with plenty of room up front for tall adults and a back seat that will happily accommodate three people. Two-wheel drive models have a 466-litre boot – bigger than the Qashqai's 430-litre load bay – but all-wheel-drive models only have room for 408-litres worth of luggage because the extra motor is stored under the boot. 

Nissan Ariya boot space

2022 Nissan Ariya power and performance

You can have your 2022 Nissan Ariya either as a two-wheel drive – with 217PS or 242PS – or as a four-wheel drive with 278PS, 306PS or 394PS. 

Both models can be had with a 63kWh or an 87kWh battery, allowing for a range of between 211 and 310 miles and acceleration from 0-62mph between 7.5 (217PS two-wheel drive) and 5.1 seconds 394PS four-wheel drive). Two-wheel drive models have a top speed of 99mph, while all-wheel-drive cars max out at 124mph. The Ariya can also tow up to 1500kg. 

Nissan Ariya electric car

2022 Nissan Ariya range and charging

If you want a long-range Nissan Ariya, you'll want the 242PS two-wheel-drive model combined with the larger 87kWh battery – it travels up to 310 miles on a single charge in this configuration. The shortest range goes to the all-wheel drive model with the 63kWh battery, which will travel 211 miles from a charge. 

Nissan has yet to reveal charging times but you can expect to charge the battery from 0-80% in less than 1 hour using a 130kW public fast charger. 

Nissan Ariya infotainment

2022 Nissan Ariya autonomous driving and e-Pedal 

With its silent motors and instant acceleration, the Nissan Ariya will be an extremely relaxing car to drive around town. Nissan's e-Pedal comes as a standard which means the car slows automatically when you take your foot off the accelerator, using the friction of the electric motor to recharge the battery. 

Another feature is the latest version of Nissan's ProPILOT suite of autonomous driving aids. It can steer the car in lane and around bends, slowing for corners before returning to a cruise when the road straightens out. 

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Why now's a great time to buy a Nissan Leaf

With the new Nissan Ariya set to grab the EV limelight, now's an excellent time to buy an example of the company's first electric car – the Nissan Leaf

High-mileage examples of the original Nissan Leaf for less than £5000, which buys you a 2012 car with more than 100,000 miles on the clock. At the other end of the scale, less than £25,000 is enough to get you a 2020 version of the current model with less than 5000 miles on the clock.

Nissan is owned by Groupe Renault which also owns Dacia, Lada, Alpine and, of course, Renault

The Nissan Ariya will be built at Nissan's Tochigi plant in Japan, which will supply cars to the US and Europe. 

The Nissan Ariya is expected to cost around £45,000 when it goes on sale in the first half of 2022. 

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