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First shipment of Nissan Ariya electric crossovers arrives on UK shores

The first shipment of Nissan Ariyas landed at the UK’s Tyne port over the weekend, signaling the imminent start of UK deliveries for the long-awaited electric crossover.

According to Nissan, the next step for Ariya electric vehicles arriving in the UK will be a final quality check before being sent to dealerships ready for customer trials and first customer deliveries.

The first Nissan Ariya vehicle to roll off the ship at Tyne Port was an entry-level Advance version with a 63kWh battery, Akatsuki Copper paintwork and a pearl black roof fitted with an optional Sky Pack – power sunroof with electric sun visor.

Starting at £43,845 ($52,700) OTR in the UK, the Nissan Ariya Advance offers a decent standard kit including the dual 12.3-inch Monolith TFT displays, ProPILOT with Navi-Link, e-PEDAL step, Apple Wireless CarPlay, wired Android Auto plus heated front seats, steering wheel and windshield.

The base model includes a 63 kWh battery that powers a front-axle-mounted electric motor rated at 160 kilowatts (215 horsepower) and 221 pound-feet (300 Newton-meters) of torque. The vehicle sprints from zero to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 7.5 seconds and tops out at 100 mph (161 km/h). Range is estimated at 250 miles (402 kilometers) for this configuration.

According to the automaker, the next shipment of Nissan Ariya electric vehicles to the UK is just weeks away and will bring many vehicles pre-ordered by customers.

Unveiled exactly two years ago, the Nissan Ariya has been repeatedly delayed in global markets due to semiconductor shortages and other supply issues caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. It was originally slated to debut in mid-2021, but deliveries didn’t begin until May 2022 in Japan. European customers are expected to begin receiving their Ariyas this summer, followed by US buyers in late fall.

Speaking of the United States, Nissan USA has asked dealers to stop taking new reservations for the 2023 Ariya as the company has decided to limit orders to what can realistically be delivered in a timely manner.