According to the photos posted on the Chinese social media platform Weibo, NIO is already sending the recently announced NIO ES7 model to the stores in China ahead of the first test-drives. According to the same information, Beijing will be one of the first Chinese cities receiving the model.
The five-seater SUV was officially released on Wednesday and has a Cd of 0.263 starting at RMB 468,000 ($69,700 USD). The company didn’t give any timeline for the arrival of the SUV to the European Market.
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With an estimated range of 930km (simulated estimate according to the China Light-Duty Vehicle Test Cycle), NIO ES7 has a breaking distance 100-0km/h of 33.9m, one of the best results in the category, as said by NIO’s CEO William Li during the presentation.
A couple hours after the event, NIO Europe Vice-President Hui Zhang commented the announcement on LinkedIn enhancing the diversified features that the model offers. “ES7 can also supply power too, making a camping weekend a little more joyful, though with heated and massage function seats, acres of space and power-adjustable seatback between 23° to 31°, I would be happy to just stay in the car!”, he said.
“Smart too, it comes with Banyan, the new operating systems for the NT2 and will have the latest NIO Autonomous Driving (NAD) technology. Tempted? If you are in China, you can pre-order one now on our app with deliveries expected to start in August and prices from RMB 468,000 before subsidies. Be quick, I have a feeling ES7 is going to attract more people to join our joyful lifestyle,” he added.
The ES7 comes with an Ultra-Large Panoramic Sunroof with an openable length of up to 707 mm and an Ultra-Large Trunk with a maximum volume of 658 liters. The front seats come with heating, ventilation, massage, and the rare-in-class Air Cushion System with three air cushions. The rear seats have heating, and the Air Cushion System features three air cushions.
On the first day of June, NIO reported 7,024 vehicles delivered in May showing an increase year-over-year and also from the previous month, when delivered 5,074 units. On NIO App, William Li answered to customers and enthusiasts saying “Thank you all! We will continue to work hard in June”.