China's NIO ES6 is an electric SUV with a 317 mile range
Since dominating the Nurburgring with the EP9 supercar and launching their first mass-market vehicle last year with the ES8 SUV, NIO have launched the ES6 will go on to rival the Audi e-tron quattro, Jaguar i-Pace and the entry-level Tesla Model X.
The ES6 is basically a smaller version of the ES8 which means styling for the exterior and interior are mainly the same, but shrunken down a size. This means the ES6 comes in at 4.85 metres long, 1.965 metres wide and has a wheelbase of 2.9 metres. This means the interior is quite large meaning for decent boot space and seat configurations of either five or seven seats.
The tech that powers the ES6 is rather impressive too. It comes with a dual-motor system which uses a high-efficiency permanent magnet (PM) motor and a high-performance induction motor (IM) for a combined power output of up to 400kW (536bhp). These motors are hooked up to an electric all-wheel drive powertrain. This however is only available in the top of the range model which features an 84kWh battery. This set up is good for a driving range of 317 miles (510km) according to the NEDC test methods.
NIO claims that the ES6 is the world's first EV to use both a PM motor and an IM motor in conjunction to power the car. The PM motor is used for low and medium speeds in regular driving and the IM motor is used for greater acceleration and high speed driving. NIO also claims that this saves costs and offers stronger performance.
If you don't want the top of the range model, NIO will sell you a cheaper and less powerful version of the PM/IM motor set up which uses the ES8's 70kWh battery pack, which is good for 220 miles of range in the ES8. And if you want to save even more money, there is an entry level model with a smaller battery and dual 160kW motors which give the car a total output of 320kW (214bhp).
When it comes to performance numbers for the 84kWh model, it'll do the 0-62mph sprint in 4.7 seconds and hit a top speed of 124mph. As mentioned above, it has a power output of 536bhp and a range of 317 miles. For the 70kWh model, expect similar performance figures to the ES8. The weight of the ES6 isn't specified but NIO did mention that the bodywork is made out of aerospace-grade aluminium and some parts of the chassis are built from carbon fibre.
The interior is largely the same as the ES8, with a portrait-oriented touchscreen which looks rather large and crisp. Other tech stuff includes the NOMI in car AI system and an intelligent fragrance system.
Pricing is rather competitive too. The entry-level ES6 which includes the 320kW dual motor set up will set you back RMB358,000 (£41,200), while the range topping 400kW version with the 70kWh battery is RMB398,000 (£45,800) and the 84kWh battery version will cost RMB448,000 (£51,600). This means that even the top of the range ES6 will cost less than anything Europe has to offer with more range and performance.
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