Nio, one of the many Chinese EV manufacturers entering the global market, first caught our eye when it revealed the EP9 Supercar. The carmaker has since gone on to launch a bunch of impressive-looking EV models set to take the fight directly to Tesla. Nio currently offers models such as the mid-size EC6 and ES6 crossovers, and the full-size ES8 crossover, but this lineup will soon be expanded. Nio's new mid-size ET5 has just made its debut in a digital reveal, and is ready to take on the Tesla Model 3. The ET5 is the second of three models based on Nio's Technology Platform 2.0.
The ET5 shares many of its exterior design details with the larger ET7 sedan (which it also shares a platform with) and features attractive narrow LED DRLs, a Tesla-esque smooth front-end with a large lower intake and flared hood. Small details such as flush door handles, soft close doors, and frameless windows make this car feel like a truly premium product. The rear-end also features a wraparound LED taillight, a small lip spoiler, and an aggressive diffuser.
The ET5 measures 188.6 inches in length with a 113.7-inch wheelbase. The ET5's advanced platform includes a five-link rear suspension set-up and all-wheel drive. Nio will offer the ET5 with some impressive battery pack options, starting with a 75-kWh pack good for 341 miles, a 100-kWh pack good for 434 miles, and a 150-kWh battery pack that will allow the ET5 to travel an impressive 621 miles. These figures are based on the Chinese test cycle, so we expect those figures to drop if and when the car comes to Europe next year.
In terms of power and performance, the ET5 will be a swift machine, thanks to a twin electric motor setup (201 horses on the front axle, and 281 hp on the rear). With a total power output of 475 hp and 516 lb-ft, the ET5 will be able to sprint to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds. Bringing things to a halt is the responsibility of four-piston performance brake calipers.
The interior will feature premium materials such as Terracotta-colored Nappa leather upholstery lit up by a 256-color ambient lighting system, and modern tech, including a 10.2-inch digital driver display, a 12.8-inch central touchscreen, 5G connectivity, high-resolution LIDAR sensors, a Dolby Atmos 7.1.4 surround sound system, and 19 other advanced driver assistance systems.
The entry-level 75-kWh ET5 will cost 328,000 RMB in China ($51,000) while the 100-kWh car should come in at 386,000 RMB ($58,000). Nio has confirmed that it will offer its cars for sale in Europe, including new markets such as Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden and Denmark by 2022 but it is still uncertain whether the brand will come to the US any time soon.