The Very First Photos Of The NIO ES6 Electric SUV

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This is the first photo of the NIO ES6, a five seat electric SUV that will be positioned below the NIO ES8. It will hit the Chinese car market in Q4, with price starting around 200.000 yuan or $30.300.

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The ES6 will have a range of 500 kilometers NEDC, according to an earlier statement by NIO.

Power will come from a single electric motor with 326 hp (the ES8 uses a twin-motor setup). Design is recognizable as NIO, but the ES6 is smaller, and looks quite different from the C-pillar onward to the rear.

The ES6 will be manufactured by a joint venture between NIO and state-owned Jianghuai Automotive Corporation (JAC). This joint venture also makes the NIO ES8.

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Image of the NIO ES8 for the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, showing the full name of the actual manufacturer of the ES8: 安徽江淮汽车集团股份有限公司 = Anhui Jianghuai Automobile Group Co., Ltd. = JAC.

The joint venture is called Jianghuai-Weilai, with Weilai being the Chinese name of NIO. Interestingly, this JAC is the very same state-owned company that recently agreed a joint venture with Volkswagen to develop and manufacture a series of cheap EVs for China. JAC is going to get rich on the NEV wave…

This image of the new NIO ES6 was seen during a NIO company presentation. Chinese media have reported about this event extensively.

A photo of the event, showing the ES6 on a huge backdrop, dated 2018.05.24.

There has been a lot of buzz about NIO recently, and rightly so. The company has developed two exciting products with the ES8 and EP9 supercar. Hopefully, the ES6 will be just as interesting.


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  1. To my eyes, it looks identical to the es8. These EV startups are playing it very, VERY safe with their styling. I thought the whole point of an electric car was that it doesn’t have a big combustion engine, which (in theory) gives the designers much more freedom.

  2. Beautiful, it reminds me the american muscle cars, it’ll use the same platform of the Nio ES8, aluminium chassis and very advanced suspensions, it promises.

  3. “So just to recap: the supposedly independent ‘new’ ‘startup’ is actually in bed with a very state-owned company for its actual production.”

    Yeah, that’s kinda sleazy, but it doesn’t surprise me. This is par for the course in China. BTW, it sucks that you had to take down the article. I suspected that they told you to delete it. In hindsight, the smart thing to do in their case would be to not do anything. Now they created bad press for themselves.

    • Nio staff have signed an agreement to produce together cars. Honestly, how can this agreement affect you as end consumer? Why is it sleazy?

      • The fact that they don’t disclose it and try to sell this image of a “independent, revolutionary startup” makes it sleazy. At least Byton is very transparent about its connection with FAW. I have the feeling you are very salty because of my reply to your comment above…


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