New NIO ES6 announced

Chinese start-up NIO has added a smaller SUV to its line-up, tasked with rivalling the upcoming BMW iX3

NIO, the Chinese Formula E team and electric car startup, has unveiled its latest compact, five-seat, all-electric SUV. Called the ES6, it’s on sale now in the Chinese market, with prices starting at 358,000 Yuan for the standard model, increasing to 398,000 Yuan for the performance variant (around £41,000 and £45,500 respectively).

The ES6 joins the company’s seven-seat ES8 SUV, and is powered by a combination of a permanent magnet motor and an induction motor. The former drives the front wheels in low-speed applications while the latter powers the rear, only engaging when additional performance is required.

• NIO ES8 review

In total, the system produces 536bhp and 725Nm of torque, which means the ES6 can cover the 0-62mph sprint in a claimed 4.7 seconds, and reach a maximum speed of 124mph. NIO also claim the ES6 has a range of around 310 miles, thanks to an 84kWh battery pack and a body constructed exclusively from aluminium and carbon fibre.

Its chassis features active suspension, adaptive all-wheel-drive, Brembo brakes with an electronically-assisted servo and Pirelli P-Zero tyres. Adaptive air suspension will also be available to buyers as an optional extra. Drivers will also be able to select from a range of driving modes via the ES6’s infotainment system.

The ES6 is packed with driver convenience technology, such as autonomous emergency braking, radar-guided cruise control with traffic jam assist, lane departure warning, blind spot detection and parking sensors.

NIO plan to release a series of over-the-air technology updates to the ES6 throughout its life-span, including road sign recognition, cyclist detection and nearby summoning; a system which automatically delivers the car to the driver across short distances, through use of a smartphone app and autonomous driving. As in the ES8, the hardware is in place for these systems, but the software still requires development.

Inside, the ES6 features a digital instrument cluster, an 11.3-inch infotainment system, sports steering wheel and NIO’s in-car artificial intelligence system, NOMI, which controls a range of the car’s functions such as the radio, doors, sat-nav and windscreen wipers. However, as we found in the ES8, the system only understands Chinese for the time being and requires adaptation for the European market.

Now read our list of the best electric cars on sale here...

Recommended

Chinese EV brand NIO enters European market
Nio
Nio

Chinese EV brand NIO enters European market

NIO will soon start selling its electric vehicles, starting in Europe and likely heading to the UK too
6 May 2021
Pure-electric and autonomous NIO ET7 saloon unveiled
NIO ET7
News

Pure-electric and autonomous NIO ET7 saloon unveiled

New electric NIO ET7 saloon has a claimed range of more than 620 miles – and it could soon make it to the European marketplace
11 Jan 2021

Most Popular

Driving test update to preserve the manual gearbox
Dacia Duster gear lever
News

Driving test update to preserve the manual gearbox

With more drivers learning in autos and electric cars, the DVSA is looking to update the driving test so people can still drive manuals in future
16 Jun 2021
New Volkswagen ID.4 GTX 2021 review
Volkswagen ID.4 GTX
Volkswagen ID.4 SUV

New Volkswagen ID.4 GTX 2021 review

VW ID.4 EV gets another electric motor and four-wheel drive in hot GTX form
21 Jun 2021
New Volkswagen Caddy California 2021 review
Volkswagen Caddy California MPV - front
Volkswagen Caddy

New Volkswagen Caddy California 2021 review

It’s a family hauler and weekend camper all rolled into one, but is the Volkswagen Caddy California any good?
21 Jun 2021
New Mercedes C-Class 2021 review
Mercedes C-Class - front
Mercedes C-Class

New Mercedes C-Class 2021 review

The new Mercedes C-Class compact exec gets S-Class-inspired tech and new suspension to challenge the BMW 3 Series
21 Jun 2021
UN report highlights ethical problems with electric cars
Electric car charging
News

UN report highlights ethical problems with electric cars

Analysis reveals lithium refining takes 65 per cent of Chilean region’s water, while 40,000 child miners dig for cobalt in DRC
14 Jun 2021
Fiat 500 vs MINI Electric vs Honda e
Fiat 500 vs Honda e vs MINI Electric
Car group tests

Fiat 500 vs MINI Electric vs Honda e

The new Fiat 500, MINI Electric and Honda e are three retro-inspired electric superminis - but which is best?
19 Jun 2021
New 2021 Peugeot 308 SW estate arrives with more space
Peugeot 308 SW - front
News

New 2021 Peugeot 308 SW estate arrives with more space

The Peugeot 308 SW joins the hatchback in the range and arrives with two plug-in hybrid options
22 Jun 2021
New Audi Q4 e-tron 2021 review
Audi Q4 e-tron 2021  front
Audi Q4 e-tron

New Audi Q4 e-tron 2021 review

We get involved with the new all-electric Audi Q4 e-tron SUV on UK roads for the first time
17 Jun 2021
New Dacia Duster facelift launched with fresh styling and more tech
Dacia Duster facelift - front
Dacia Duster

New Dacia Duster facelift launched with fresh styling and more tech

The budget-conscious Dacia Duster has been updated for 2021 with some subtle design tweaks and a new eight-inch infotainment screen
22 Jun 2021
New Skoda Enyaq iV 2021 review
Skoda Enyaq iV 80 Sportline - front
Skoda Enyaq

New Skoda Enyaq iV 2021 review

The new Skoda Enyaq iV is the Czech firm’s first bespoke electric car and we've tested the full range on UK roads
10 Jun 2021
‘The 2030 combustion engine ban is just around the corner – and we’re running out of time’
opinion: charging
Opinion

‘The 2030 combustion engine ban is just around the corner – and we’re running out of time’

Andy Palmer sees electric car uptake revving-up in the UK but says targeted investment is needed to prevent a stall…
22 Jun 2021
Ineos Grenadier prototype 2022 review
Ineos Grenadier prototype
Ineos Grenadier 4x4

Ineos Grenadier prototype 2022 review

Can the Ineos Grenadier really fill the mud-splattered void left by the old Land Rover Defender? We take a first drive in a prototype to find out...
15 Jun 2021
'A top footballer works minutes for his car, but the average worker must graft for 12 months'
Opinion - average car
Opinion

'A top footballer works minutes for his car, but the average worker must graft for 12 months'

Mike Rutherford says it's increasingly easy for them, and far harder for us, to earn enough for our new cars
20 Jun 2021
New Nissan Qashqai 2021 review
Nissan Qashqai 2021
Nissan Qashqai

New Nissan Qashqai 2021 review

We get behind the wheel of the larger, more comfortable and higher-tech Nissan Qashqai SUV in the UK
16 Jun 2021