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On Saturday, I attended a Ride and Drive event in Portland, Oregon. I expected to gain insight into the Ariya I put a deposit down on months ago, but mostly I came away with a sense of confusion regarding trim levels and color options.

The brochure I picked up at the event lists nine trim levels. This is consistent with the Features and Specifications document available at the 2023 Nissan Ariya Press Kit page:
  • Venture+ FWD
  • Engage FWD
  • Evolve+ FWD
  • Empower+ FWD
  • Premier FWD
  • Engage AWD
  • Engage+ AWD
  • Evolve+ AWD
  • Platinum+ AWD
The Nissan USA Ariya web site, on the other hand, lists only four trim levels:
  • Venture+ FWD
  • Evolve+ FWD
  • Premiere FWD
  • Platinum+ AWD
I'm interested in AWD, so when I put my deposit down, it was on a the Platinum+ trim level. Now I wonder why the Engage AWD, Engage+ AWD, or Evolve+ AWD trims didn't (and still don't) appear at the web site.

While at the Ride and Drive event, I saw a display banner listing color options for various trim levels, and I noticed that Platinum+ was shown as being available in copper. This is my preferred color, but it was not (and is not) listed at the web site as a choice.

In an attempt to clarify whether copper is available for the Platinum+ trim, I engaged an agent at the Ariya web site in a live chat. We got disconnected in the middle of the chat, so I ended up conversing with two different agents. One told me that Platinum+ is available in copper. The other told me it's not.

I'm left with the feeling that I don't know what trim levels offer AWD, I don't know what colors are available for the various trim levels, and I don't know whether I can trust the information at the Ariya web site or from the Ariya live chat agents.

Can anybody clarify things and, ideally, point me to online resources where I can find accurate information about the Ariya?

Thanks!


I attended the ride and drive event in Tacoma a couple weeks ago and was able to engage with a representative regarding your question. Apatently Nissan chose to simplify their initial launch models with what you currently find on line So if you desire an AWD during the initial launch series reservation series, the Platinum + is your only option right now. However the agent did confirm that after the initial launch reservation group has run it’s course , lower trim AWD versions, smaller battery versions etc. will eventually become available as indicated on the printed brochure.
 
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