NIO ET5 debuts with stunning looks & AR/VR tech


and 490 hp and 1,000+ km range..

NIO has unveiled a smaller, cheaper version of the ET7 at the 2021 NIO Day in Suzhou, China. For anyone wondering, the NIO Day held earlier this year was the 2020 edition. The ET5 is a mid-size sedan, with prices starting at RMB 328,000 (US$ 51,448) before subsidies. With BaaS (Battery-as-a-Service), the price drops to RMB 258,000 (US$ 40,468). Deliveries are expected to commence in September 2022.

The ET5 looks just as stunning as the ET7 with a similar fastback styling, clean side profile with flush door handles, frameless doors, and a rear light bar that runs across the entire width of the car. The front fascia with super slim running lights and a vertical headlight housing on the bumper is almost identical to that of the ET7. Also, notice the roof-integrated autonomous driving hardware. Speaking of autonomous driving, NIO is offering autonomous driving as an RMB 680 (US$ 106) monthly subscription service.

As for the construction, NIO claims that the ET5 is designed to meet the 5-star C-NCAP and Euro NCAP standards. The ultra-high-strength steel and aluminum hybrid body is claimed to have a torsional stiffness of up to 34,000 Nm/deg. Also, with a low centre of gravity and wider tracks, the ET5 is claimed to have achieved a rollover-resistance rating of 1.7, above the NHTSA’s 5-star criteria.

The cockpit design is also almost identical to that of the ET7. Features include a 10.2-inch HDR instrument cluster, a 12.8-inch AMOLED central touchscreen, Nomi AI assistant, 256-color curtain ambient lighting, Dolby Atmos 7.1.4 surround sound system, rhythmic speaker covers that can dance to the music, and sporty seats with massage functionality. Another highlight of the ET5 is that it comes with AR and VR glasses (jointly developed with NREAL and Nolo, respectively), with the former capable of projecting an effective screen size of 201-inch at 6 meters and the latter capable of a binocular 4K display.

Moving on to the juicy bits of the story, the ET5 is also a dual-motor all-wheel-drive EV, featuring a 150 kW (204 metric hp) induction motor at the front and a 210 kW (286 metric hp) PM motor at the rear. The combined figures are gonna be 360 kW (490 metric hp) and 700 Nm (516 lb-ft). NIO claims a 0-100 km/h (62 mph) acceleration time of 4.3 seconds (in Sport+ mode), and a braking distance of 33.9 metre from 100 km/h—thanks to in-house developed high-performance 4-piston fixed calipers with aluminum casting.

With the standard 75 kWh battery pack, NIO estimates a range of up to 700 km (435 mi); there’ll also be a 100 kWh pack option with an estimated range of over 1,000 km (621+ mi). Both estimations are as per China Light-Duty Vehicle Test Cycle (CLTC) standards.

As with other NIO models, the battery pack is swappable. By the end of 2022, NIO aims to have over 1,300 Power Swap stations, 6,000 Power Chargers and 10,000 destination chargers across China.

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