NIO ES7 filmed on Spy Mode in China 3 weeks before the official launch

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According to a video posted on the Chinese social media Weibo, NIO ES7 was spotted again on-road tests in China. The new SUV model will be officially unveiled within 3 weeks, as announced by the EV maker. The model was supposed to made its public debut at 2022 the Beijing Auto Show but Covid-19 cases surge in China delayed the event.

Last week, when announcing the 200,000th vehicle produced, NIO confirmed the intention of launching the SUV ES7 in the upcoming weeks: “the first SUV product ES7 based on the technology platform NT2 is also coming soon.”

The first photos of NIO ES7 leaked on December 29th, showing some differences compared with the existing models. Deliveries in China are expected to start during Q4 2022 with the European Market receiving the first units early next year.

“The SUV products ES8, ES6 and EC6 of the NIO technology platform NT1 have stable market performance and are about to usher in smart cockpit upgrades; the car products ET7 and ET5 of the NIO technology platform NT2 will follow; the first SUV product ES7 based on the NIO technology platform NT2 is also coming soon. All of this has further improved the product strength advantages of NIO’s product range for mainstream high-end fuel vehicles at the same price”, NIO stated.


  • Equipped with NT2.0 Hardware — the layout of the watchtower is basically the same as the one used by ET7 and ET5 Model with NAD (NIO Autonomous Driving) included.
  • The outflowing model is the shell of the ES6 — It is known that the ES7 will be longer than the current ES6 captain, and it is positioned between the NIO ES8 and the NIO ES6.
  • The charging port of ES7 in low located in a different area.
  • The intelligent cockpit hardware carried in the car is also likely to be Qualcomm Snapdragon’s 8155 processor.

Recently, NIO’s Co-Founder, Director and President just confirmed that NIO ES7 Model will be released at the end of May. Qin was asked this Tuesday about the possibility to see the new model NIO ES7 as soon as next month and responded: “Released at the end of May”.

On January 17th, the model was spotted on the road in China under Spy Mode. These tests on the road are part of the process for any company months before launching a new model.

During a Conference held on February, Lihong Qin said: “We will officially release a brand-new new car in mid-April, which is named the Gemini (Coding name for the model). In the past, people misunderstood that it was a new brand. Officially named ES7, the model will be between ES6 and ES8. It is positioned as a medium and large five-seater SUV with an NT2.0 platform. The comfortable one is stronger. ES7 is competing with X5, the two most competitive five-seater SUVs this year.”

Lihon Qin said that NIO ES7 will target the same market that BMW X5: “ES7 is competing with X5, the two most competitive five-seater SUVs this year”. Although the company didn’t confirmed the final price yet, it is expectable to start around ¥382,000 ($60,000USD). The 2022 BMW X5 xDrive45e Plug In Hybrid costs ¥382,200 so NIO ES7 price may be around $55,000 – $65,000.

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