Nissan Ariya: Tesla Model Y rival still set for Australia, even as Kiwi launch in doubt

The launch of the Nissan Ariya in New Zealand is on the rocks, but it's smooth sailing for the electric SUV here... we just don't know when it'll dock.


The New Zealand launch has been "withheld", but the electric SUV is still coming to Australia. / (min cost $ 0 ) or signup to continue reading However, the company still has yet to officially confirm local launch timing for its rival. "Due to the volatility in the New Zealand electric vehicle market, Nissan has decided to hold the launch of Ariya in New Zealand.

Further announcements will be made when available," a Nissan Australia spokesperson said in a statement to . "Nissan remains committed to bringing its electrified models to markets when it makes sense for customers and the business." The spokesperson added the New Zealand announcement has no impact on Australia, with the electric SUV still on track to come here.

Launch timing will be announced "soon". The Ariya was revealed in production guise all the way back in July 2020 but since then, has checked in with Nissan and been told it was working on bringing the EV here – but the company has never provided launch timing. The vehicle's launch was delayed globally to 2022 due to the semiconductor chip shortage, but it was only in June 2023 when Nissan Australia confirmed it would eventually make the trip Down Under – which shifted the dial from "the company wants it" to "Australia is getting it".

It's unclear which variants will be offered here, as the Ariya is offered with a choice of 63kWh and 87kWh batteries and single-motor front-wheel drive or dual-motor all-wheel drive powertrains. There's also a , which was reve.