It was only in 2017 that the Nio, often considered China’s rival to Tesla, brought its first vehicle in the form of the ES8 crossover. (There was also an EP9 Hypercar, although it was a track car that produced only a few units.)
Since then, Nio has been launching ES6 and EC6 crossovers, as well as ET5 and ET7 sedans. Now there is a new ES7 crossover that will join the ranks later this year.
Unveiled on Wednesday, the ES7 is a medium-sized crossover that is only four inches shorter than the ES8 at 193.4 inches in length. Its roof goes further down the rear, resulting in a more sporty profile than the ES8, although it limits sitting in two rows instead of three like the ES8.
The ES7 is based on Nio’s latest EV platform, which also includes the hardware required for self-driving capabilities. Neo said the features allow the car to operate on its own in certain situations. The technology will be rolled out as an update as it develops and validates. Nio plans to offer the features via a monthly subscription.
2022 Nio ES7
Measuring the available battery sizes 75, 100 and 150 kWh, the largest battery, known as the Ultralung, claims to have reached close to 600 miles in the Chinese test cycle. It should still be registered near the EPA test cycle of 500 miles or more. Assisted in the range is a low drag coefficient of 0.263 Cd.
The standard powertrain on the ES7 is a dual-motor all-wheel-drive setup that produces a peak 644 hp, or enough to accelerate 0-62 miles in 3.9 seconds. An available retractable tow bar will enable ES7 owners to tow up to 4,400 pounds. Brembo brake and air suspension are included as standard.
ES7 began delivery to China in late August. It costs from 468,000 renminbi (about $ 69,680) when equipped with a 75-kwh battery. For customers who opt for Nio’s battery subscription service, the starting price drops to 398,000 renminbi ($ 59,250).
There was no mention of when the ES7 would be available outside of China.