Nio ET Preview Heralds Tesla Model 3 Rival With 317-Mile Range

Chinese automaker Nio is offering a glimpse of its upcoming electric sedan at the Shanghai Auto Show with the ET Preview.

It looks like a pre-production concept if you ask us and the name certainly seems to suggest that as well. The vehicle previews Nio’s first-ever sedan and, as with the ES8 and ES6 SUVs unveiled so far, it will be all-electric.

According to the Chinese company, the ET Preview “represents Nio’s exploration of an all-new car body, whose sleek new contours combine elegant proportions with power and beauty through minimalist design.”

A production model based on the ET Preview is expected to debut in China before 2021 as Nio’s answer to the Tesla Model 3. As with the US model, it features a similar fastback design, pop-out door handles, and sleek LED lights. No interior photos have been released, however.

The Nio ET Preview packs a high-performance powertrain that combines a high-energy density NCM811 nickel-cobalt-manganese battery pack with “high-efficiency permanent magnet motors in the front and high-performance induction motors in the rear.” The drivetrain has an output of 220 kW (295 hp). No performance specs have been released but Nio did say the ET can cover up to 510 km (317 miles) on a single battery charge (NEDC).

Besides the ET Preview, Nio’s stand at the Shanghai Auto Show also hosts the company’s fast charging pile called Nio Power Charger.

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  • Matteo Tommasi

    This is the good version of an Audi design.

    • europeon

      More like an improved VW XL1.

      • Matteo Tommasi

        Put this and the A7 side by side. This is just better looking


    Love the front! Looks like one of These Star Wars guys on a Monday morning 🙂

  • Sean Sweeney

    Honda Accord

    • designer_dick

      The Accord wishes its side profile was that well resolved.

    • Baeyoung ❂

      Cleaner than Honda Awcword

    • Mr. EP9

      No, this is better looking.

  • ME

    I would like to warmup to Chinese brands but plagued with a history of cheap looking knockoffs and low quality has damaged their rep.

    • CarCzarDesigner

      With so many producers this doesn’t apply evenly. Obviously, the better companies have better quality control. Chinese companies have hired Western’s to ensure the quality is there. You are also forgetting, all Western companies have to surrender their Intellectual property, patents, blueprints & production procedures to the Chinese Government to do business in China. Which is why China is a threat both militarily and economically, because their product quality now meets or exceeds Western standards.

      • Knotmyrealname

        …but only whilst Western countries spoon-feed them.

        • CarCzarDesigner

          If you want to believe that…go ahead. The Chinese are a proud people that are hard working, smart, and innovative. They started with making exact duplicates of any given product and now they are breaking out by making these products even better than we do. Give them credit for becoming the World’s biggest factory, exploiting our IP and using our gold & treasure to do it!

          • Knotmyrealname

            Are you bi-polar? In your first post you say they have been given the Western world’s IP rights, patents, blueprints & production procedures – basically everything on a platter, then you say they are smart and innovative? Their innovation is mostly how to get the western world to bend over and take it again and again. Sorry, you’re talking to the wrong person here. They’ve been raping and pillaging for decades (with respect to cars) and I’ve still to see anything coming back for our investment.
            They’re a financial and technological black hole.

          • CarCzarDesigner

            Where you write >>Their innovation is mostly how to get the western world to bend over and take it again and again.They’ve been raping and pillaging for decades (with respect to cars) and I’ve still to see anything coming back for our investment.<<

            Exactly! The Chinese outsmarted us in every way and there really isn't a plan to stop their train. You also seem to lack an understanding of Chinese inventions, things like gun power, rocketry, medicines, healing and more,

          • Knotmyrealname

            But their strategy is based upon plagiarism. Without the source, they will flounder. So, there is a way to stop the train – you don’t play their game.
            I understand and respect their past with respect to fireworks and healing.
            I’m talking about the 20th and 21st Centuries and the shortsightedness of their current methodology.

  • driv3r

    Not a big fan of the very unusual front styling of all Nio vehicles. But the rest of their cars is rather pleasing to look at. Nio just might be one of the few of the many Chinese EV-start ups that might make it through though they’ve just had to scale down their production plans for the ES6 model and had a huge drop in deliveries this year of the ES8 (mostly due to the reduced Chinese governmental incentives for EVs).
    Their products seem to be solid and different to the former cheap quality and rather unpleasing design of Chinese car manufacturers.

  • Leconte Dave

    Coming to North America?

  • Enter Ranting

    Unlike Tesla, this car features styling.

    • exeptor

      You are comparing design (a real life one) on 5+ years with something which is no more than a concept (despite the fact that they call it Preview). Why is that? Don’t get me wrong – I like the styling of this car a lot more than Model S, but until I see the real thing I can’t accept comparisons like yours. Plus it is a good idea to compare designs which are more or less the same generation, i.e. we have to compare this with a potential future Model S.


  • MarketAndChurch

    Looks really cool. The front and rear look like something Kia would have designed.

  • SteersUright

    I like it, looks pretty nice.

  • Smith Smith

    The range is not comparable to ours in the US. For example, the Tesla SR+ has a stated range of 240 miles in the US. But in China, the range of SR+ is 460 km or 287.5 miles. The testing methods the countries use make a big difference.

  • ME

    Is that the new norm that if you disagree you’re a racist and a moron?
    What’s the antecedent behind this thinking? It seems like a brainwashing global pandemic meant to silence everyone?

  • ME

    I really don’t care what you think and keep your marxist thinking to yourself.

  • Knotmyrealname

    I think if I replied, I’d simply write exactly what I had previously posted. Nevermind……

    • CarCzarDesigner

      Well, you have no clue as to what the Chinese are capable of because all you see what is what you want to see.

      • Knotmyrealname

        I’m guessing you’re Chinese, right?

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