NIO unveils all-new version of ES8 SUV – the fully-electric ES8 NT2
Chinese electric automobile manufacturer NIO has just unveiled an all-new version of its ES8 smart electric SUV’s flagship model, called the ES8 NT2. The NIO ES8 NT2 electric SUV gets the NT designation as it comes based on the NT2.0 platform, which is fundamentally a heavily revised adaptation of the original platform that the SUV was built on. The manufacturer is also using the NT2.0 platform to build the ET5, ET7, ES7 and EL7. It is interesting to note here that the ES8 was older than all of the aforementioned models, but now the manufacturer has revealed the new model with a major overhaul that enabled it to claim to be an up to date EV.
The thoroughly refreshed model comes equipped with a robust powertrain comprised of dual-motor setup capable of churning out 644 hp (480 kW) and 626 pound-feet (850 Nm) of torque. It is enough to propel the vehicle from zero to 62 mph (100 km/h) of 4.1 seconds. Top speed of the vehicle has been reported at 124 mph (200 km/h). Some other models, including the EC7 that was revealed alongside, also come equipped with the same dual-motor powertrain.
This 6-seater electron-sipping SUV runs on big 22-inch wheels, standard dual-chamber air suspension and features adaptive dampers to ensure a smooth ride. While the manufacturer has revealed the new electric SUV with 22-inch wheels, one can also order the vehicle with smaller 20- and 21-inch wheels.
In terms of its size, the new EV pretty big, with dimensions of 5.1 meters (200 inches), 1,99 meters (78.3 inches) and 1,75 meters (68 inches). These dimensions make the SUV about the same size as the recently unveiled three-row Volvo EX90 electric crossover. Its wheelbase is, however, slightly longer, measuring 3.07 meters (approximately 120.9 inches) in length. The SUV looks quite big & boxy but it quite aerodynamic with a claimed drag coefficient of just 0.25.
The interior of the SUV is also quite attractive, thanks to its features like a 12.8-inch infotainment screen and the so-called world's first on-board AI assistant Nomi. As pert he manufacturer’s claims, the revised EV is also capable of performing fully-autonomous battery swaps. It means that the vehicle also has the hardware to drive itself to the battery swapping station and then continue the trip as planned, all without any intervention.
The base version of the ES8 (equipped with 75-kWh battery) has been priced at roughly $75,500, while vehicles equipped with the 100-kWh battery will set the buyer back by around $84,000.