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Europe-bound new electric SUV from Chinese premium brand offers a 100kWh battery and up to 644bhp

Chinese premium EV brand Nio has revealed a six-seater that will top its range in Europe, seeking to rival the BMW iX and Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV

Measuring 5099 mm long, 1750mm high and 2199mm wide, the EL8 is Nio’s largest model yet and comes with high-end equipment and “generous” space for six people.

Two models are available. The Standard Range is fitted with a 75kWh battery as standard, offering 288 miles of range (WLTP). The Long Range meanwhile gets a 100kWh battery for 316 miles of range.

Nio offers the car in EL8 with a whopping 150kWh battery for 559 miles of range on China’s CLTC test cycle, but that version isn't likely to come to Europe. 

All EL8s have a motor on each axle, giving them four-wheel drive. The two motors combine for an eye-watering power output of 644bhp and 626lb ft of torque.

Nio said the Long Range car hits 0-62mph in 4.1sec and has a maximum towing capacity of 2000kg. 

The EL8’s exterior design features the brand’s ‘Double Dash’ front lights and ‘X-Bar’ design feature, plus a large light bar at the rear.

Nio said it aimed to bolster the EL8's aerodynamics and efficiency by hiding the rear wipers and adding ‘invisible’ roof rails and indicators. As a result, it has a drag coefficient of 0.25Cd. 

To rival the more luxurious credentials of the likes of the EQS SUV, the EL8 includes dual-chamber air suspension and continuous damping control as standard, which monitors real-road conditions to improve ride comfort.

Nio has also equipped its new SUV with its Hydraulic Rebound Stop system to absorb bumps and potholes. 

Inside, the EL8 gets a choice of two interior layouts. One includes a centre aisle, 14-way adjustable rear seats and a big central armrest, while the second, named Executive Console, gets a fridge and digital console.

It also has a hot-stone massage feature as standard. All cars get Pet Mode, too, which keeps the cabin at 22deg C.

Up front, the EL8 is fitted with a 16.3in head-up display and a 12.8in touchscreen infotainment system. There’s also a 6.6in digital display for rear passengers, complete with a virtual assistant. 

The car is equipped with 33 cameras and sensors. Some are used for an emergency video recording system, activated when airbags are deployed and used to record more serious accidents. Others are used to operate the lidar system and other external safety features. 

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The EL8 is named the ES8 in China and replaces a first-generation model that was on sale from 2018. 

For its European arrival, the EL8 will start at €82,900 in Germany, which converts to around £70,000 in the UK.

It will be launched in Germany, Denmark, Norway, Sweden and the Netherlands first, but its UK arrival is still in question. 

Nio is expected to come to the UK in 2025. It has already opened an engineering centre in Oxfordshire, where it's working to give its future models a more “European flavour”. 

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ricequackers 15 June 2024

I don't care how fancy it is, I'm not buying products from a country that's actively trying to destroy industries in the rest of the world through unfair subsidies and dumping, rampant IP theft, has slave labour in its supply chains and that's threatening to invade a free and democratic ally of ours.

Andrew1 15 June 2024

You just described imperial Britain. Funny.

Marc 14 June 2024
Dear Nio

Drop the premium bollocks, you can't compete, not now, not ever.

Sell us a 4.5m version, single motor, 60 kWh battery capable of 260 -280 miles, and capable of charging in the usual range in under 30 min. Market it as family transport at 30-35k, sell shit loads.

Job done.

Peter Cavellini 14 June 2024

But will it?, if Europe impose its 38% import levy, will it sell as predicted?

Marc 14 June 2024
Will it sell at all?