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Nio debuts ES6 electric SUV for Chinese EV market

The electric SUV features two electric motors, an estimated 317 mile range and a swappable, upgradable battery pack.

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Chinese electric car manufacturer Nio expands its stable to include the new Nio ES6 electric SUV.

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The ES6 is built on the same platform as the seven-passenger ES8, but scaled down to a five-seater configuration and length.

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The ES6 features two 160 kW electric motors -- one at each axle -- granting it all-wheel-drive. A Performance model steps up to a 240 kW unit at the rear.

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Nio will offer two battery sizes: a standard 70 kWh pack and a new 84 kWh long-range unit.

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With the bigger battery, range is expected to reach about 317 miles per charge. The base model is estimated at around 255 miles.

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Nio will offer the ES6 starting at about 358,000 Chinese yuan (about $51,920 USD, converted) for the base model with the Performance model going for 448,000 yuan ($64,973) with the larger battery.

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The ES6 will also feature the Nio Pilot suite of driver-aid technologies.

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Before you get too excited, Nio currently plans to only offer the ES6 in its native Chinese market. The automaker is currently exploring the idea of global production.

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Learn more about the ES6 in our first take or just keep clicking for more photos.

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