536 HP Nio ES6 Midsize Electric SUV Launches With 317-Mile Range

Shanghai-based Nio has lifted the veils off their second production electric vehicle, the ES6 midsize all-electric SUV.

Following in the footsteps of the larger ES8, the ES6 marks Nio’s entry into a more affordable market segment, something that theoretically should give a strong boost to the brand’s sales. Nio, often referred to as China’s Tesla, describes the ES6 as a “high-performance, long-range, smart electric SUV.” Here’s why.

Dual-motor system that uses a permanent magnet motor and an induction motor

The performance bit comes from the dual-motor setup that offers up to 400 kW (536 hp/544 PS) and electric all-wheel drive in the range-topping version. It’s not a typical combination, though. The ES6 uses a high-efficiency permanent magnet (PM) motor with an output of 160 kW (215 hp/218 PS) and a high-performance induction motor (IM) that makes 240 kW (322 hp/326 PS).

The former is responsible for medium and low-speed daily driving, while the latter kicks in to provide great acceleration performance and high speed. Nio maintains the ES6 is the world’s first EV that uses a PM motor and IM motor and claims it is an efficient combination that saves costs and offers strong power.

Up to 317 miles (510 km) of range from an 84-kWh battery pack

Speaking of power, the ES6 is capable of sprinting from 0 to 100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 4.7 seconds and can reach a top speed of 200 km/h (124 mph). Those are more than respectable numbers, as is the driving range of 510 km (317 miles) according to the NEDC test procedure. This number is for the optional 84 kWh battery pack; a smaller 70 kWh unit from the ES8 is standard.

While the company doesn’t say how much the ES6 weighs, it does mention the SUV’s bodywork is made entirely of aerospace-grade aluminum while some structural parts of the chassis are built from high-strength carbon fiber.

Slightly smaller than the ES8 but similarly styled

Design-wise, the ES6 looks a lot like the ES8, both inside and out. It’s slightly shorter and narrower, at 4,850 mm (191 in) and 1,965 mm (77.3 in), respectively. The wheelbase is shorter as well, but at 2,900 mm (114 in) it’s quite generous, allowing five- and seven-seat configurations.

The cabin features a massive portrait-oriented touchscreen powered by the NOMI in-car AI system, a flat-bottomed sports steering wheel, sports seats, and Microfiber suede headliner, among other things. A Lounge Seat and Nappa leather interior are optional, as is an intelligent fragrance system.

The Nio ES6 starts at RMB358,000, the equivalent of $51,800, before subsidies. However, that’s the price of the model with the smaller battery and a dual-motor setup consisting of two 160kW motors (320 kW / 214 HP in total). The range-topping 400kW version starts from RMB398,000 (around $57,600) with the 70kWh battery and RMB448,000 ($64,850) with the 84kWh battery. Orders can be placed starting December 15, with Chinese deliveries beginning in June 2019.

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  • Bash

    I love it, have that Lambo look I little bit up front.

  • david santiago

    that looks, oddly good for a chinese make

  • Ruel Lewis

    Looks Fantastic!

  • enthusia

    It takes a lot of cues from Lamborghini and Audi, but I actually like it. I especially love that reclining front passenger seat, wonder why more manufactures don’t do it that way.

  • pxsupply

    Looks very good and it is amazing to think that the “big three” here is nowhere close to bringing something like this to market. Why wouldn’t GM and Ford be in this market place already with larger attractive products? Oh wait, who killed the electric car?

    • Andrewthecarguy

      Big oil does massive damage by lobbying hard in Washington.
      If the big three made a vehicle like this, it would kill several well established models.
      A little bird-y told me that GM has already made a couple and they will announce them soon.

    • bd0007

      GM is one of the few automakers w/ a longer-range electric (Bolt) on the road today, and they have a # of new electrics in development.

      That being said, Beijing (unlike our current admin) has been heavily supporting electrics and other future technologies w/ the goal of being a leader in the industries of tomorrow.

      • pxsupply

        We should go back to the 90’s where both GM and Ford had huge leasing programs for electric cars. Imagine what could have happened if they did not kill those programs, but kept investing in R&D in this field.

  • Un Tipo Serio

    BMW rear lights


  • john1168

    It looks good! Hopefully it’s of good quality.

  • Mr. EP9

    The range is nice. If verified that would definitely be superior to the Kona, the Model X, the Bolt, the Leaf, the Model 3 and the I Pace. The only problem is that it’s China only.

  • Momogg

    Looks not bad but this Citroën design starts to be boring. It’s time to do something else…


    The styling is derivative…but not offensive.
    And the performance numbers are solid.
    I like it.
    So then…order one and have it shipped over?
    Wonder if there’s a wallet-chewing tariff that would make it impractical for the U.S.?

    • Ken Lyns

      More impractical is the fact it’s built to Chinese crash standards…

      • DR.FUNK

        Didn’t think about that…and so maybe you can’t bring it here for that reason AND tariffs?

  • محمد علي

    Lamborghini Urus front
    Opel Crossland X & Peugeot 3008 sides
    Renault Koleos rear

  • designer_dick

    It’s very similar to the ES8, but the detailing of the front end is much tidier and less fussy, which makes the car look sharper and more modern. Interior looks all but identical, and perceived quality seems to be pretty high.

  • StrangerGP

    They couldn’t even come up with their own logo so they just copied Citroen?

  • Remarkable product from such a young company. It looks great inside and out.

  • where do i sign for it??

  • OptixGuru

    Visually like an in between child of the BMW X3 and BMW X5…but in a much more sophisticated, clean, and modern child compared to the two mentioned. Quite lovely.

    • OptixGuru

      I take it back. All is great aside from the gear/shift lever and the front end trying to be a Lamborghini Urus and Jeep Cherokee mix…woof.

      • nellydesign

        What? I think the gear/shift lever is one of the most interesting pieces of interior product design I’ve ever seen. Usability is one thing but hey, it’s an auto. It’s not meant to be used as much.

  • SteersUright

    Plain, but handsome enough. The quintessential “appliance” vehicle. They better get ready to pay our royalties to Tesla though, on that copy cat interior.
    Overall, though, dont get me wrong, I do like this. It clean, modern, and looks to be well made. Lets see about those crash ratings though, always a point of concern with Chinese cars until proven otherwise.

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