NIO ET7 finally for real at the Guangzhou auto show in China


The NIO ET7 is finally real. The production version was unveiled on the eve of the 2021 Guangzhou Auto Show in China. NIO also announced the prices and colors. And, like so many times in the recent past, the specs have been updated again.

The NIO ET7 is a fully electric sedan. It is the fourth NIO production car after the NIO ES8, NIO ES6 and NIO EC6. The NIO EP9 super car never went into production, and only a few non-legal cars were built by hand for the company’s early investors.

NIO still does not have its own factory. Like other NIOs, the NIO ET7 is subcontracted by Jianghuai Automobile (JAC). NIO’s current contract with JAC runs until 2024. In the meantime, NIO hopes to build their own factory, but recently we haven’t heard much about it, so maybe they plan to stick with JAC for a bit. Longer.

The design of the NIO ET7 is no longer a real surprise, since it has been around for so long. But it remains a very pretty car with a clean and uncluttered design. Details like the integrated rear spoiler and the light bar look very nice.

The new ET7 electric sedan has an ultra-slippery body with a drag coefficient of 0.208 Cd. The powertrain consists of two electric motors. The front motor has 180 kW, the rear motor has 300 kW. The combined power output is 480 kW (652 hp) and 850 Nm.

NIO offers three battery options for the ET7: Standard (75 kWh for 500 km NEDC), Long Life (100 kWh for 700 km NEDc) and Ultra Long Life (150 kWh for 1000 km NEDC).

NIO has yet to open the doors to the car on display, but it looks like this. The main features are a 10.2-inch digital instrument panel and a 12.8-inch touchscreen with a digital assistant on top. It also has a HUD, 4K driving recorder, 5G wireless network, WiFi 6.0, Bluetooth 5.2 and a 23 speaker sound system.

The NIO ET7 will get an impressive autonomous driving package, with various sensors and cameras clearly visible above the front and rear windows and on the front fenders. The sensor system is called Aquila Super Sensing, and NIO claims it includes 33 sensing units, including:

1 ultra-long distance high precision lidar
11 high definition 8 million pixel cameras
Improve driver perception 1
Millimeter Wave Radar 5
12 ultrasonic sensors
Cooperative vehicle-road detection V2X
2 sets of high precision positioning units.

All of these fancy things can do what’s necessary for these fancy things:

Forward Collision Warning (FCW)
Automatic emergency braking (AEB)
Vehicle Blind Spot Monitoring (BSD)
Lane Departure Warning (LCA)
Side open door warning (SDO)
Rear Car Horn with Brake (RCTA-B)
Front vehicle horn with brake (FCTA-B)
Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
Road maintenance aid (LKA)
Emergency Driver Assistance (EDA)
Emergency Lane Keeping (ELK)
Enhanced Driver Detection System (ADMS)
Intelligent Adaptive Cruise (i-ACC)
Far and near beam automatic control (AHB)
Recognition of traffic signs (TSR)
Dynamic environment simulation and display (ESD)
Vision Fusion Automatic Parking System (S-APA with Fusion)
Automatic parking for power station (PSAP)
Narrow road assistance (SDIS)

NIO also announced pricing for the new NIO ET7 electric sedan. The price of the base model with standard battery is 448,000 yuan ($ 70,150). The fully charged First Edition version with the larger battery costs 526,000 yuan ($ 82,370). Pricing for the other variants will be announced shortly, and I’ll update this article when I know more.

The NIO ET7 arrived late but the specs and technology are very up to date. It’s also a nice car inside and out, although the screens look a bit small for 2022. NIO really needs the ET7 to be successful, so we’ll be closely monitoring its progress in deployment and the sales.

Via: Nice, NIO.


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