To give some context, my Mach E is the premier trim but the shorter range rwd version (230 mile range). Starting price is very similar as compared to the Evolve+. I'd get more range in exchange for a few extra bells and whistles I can easily live without. The base model of the Mach E is around 43k but you can't add the long range battery to the base trim. So that means if you want long range you have to go premier trim (base price 49k + another 6k for a grand total of 55k).This is so bad. I have been obsessing over this vehicle for years, but the fact that the $46,000 version has MANUAL DRIVER SEAT CONTROLS is an insult. Let alone the fact that we were promised ProPilot 2.0 and they instead give us 1.0 for some unknown reason.
This is the absolute worst way to launch an EV. If I am going to pay $54k for an electric SUV, I might as well buy a Tesla. Nissan promised so much and lied to us all. That's not even hitting on the fact that when they first started talking about it they said they wanted every trim to be at least 300 miles, or that it was going to start at $40k.
EDIT: Oh, and to find that the $4,500 it takes to upgrade to the PREMIERE version ONLY includes ProPilot 2.0 and three styling additions? The ProPilot 2.0 they promised they'd include a year ago, I now have to pay $14,000 more than that originally alleged "base price"? This whole vehicle has turned into something so bad that I can't imagine anybody buying it and actually telling others that it's the best EV for the price and maintaining a straight face.
It actually is pretty competitive with the Mach E pricing. I posted some info right above this post around the pricing.The top-of-line Platinum trim looks fairly competitive with other entry-level luxury EVs. But can Nissan really compete with brands like Audi and Polestar/Volvo? I think it would have been more reasonable for Nissan to price the Ariya up against the ID.4 and Mach-E. Or just launch the Ariya as an Infiniti, since that's the price range it's trying to compete in.
I'm still interested in getting a Platinum, but if being in one doesn't feel at least as nice as being in a Q4 or XC40, I don't think it'll be worth the wait.
I'm so glad you posted this. I was struggling with my choice to go with the Evolve+ at first because I didn't think it had the features I wanted but this more detailed list has helped solidify my choice.
I hope they just neglected to list the Level 2 EVSE on the upper trims. For example my 2018 Leaf SL came with a Level 2 (240V) when the lower trims came with a Level 1 (120V).I noticed that too. The Leaf and Kia/Hyundai EVs only come with a Level 1 charge cable. Chevy Bolt and (I think) Teslas come with Level 2.
Details here...Out of curiosity, anyone know how big of a difference it makes for ProPilot 2.0 to have NaviLink versus without? It says the Platinum has NaviLink but not the Premiere. I believe NaviLink allows the car to exit an offramp automatically if you have a destination programmed in the navigation but other than that I can't recall any other difference.