The configuration information and photos of the new NIO ES8 electric SUV appeared on December 14 in the “Announcement of On-road Motor Vehicle Manufacturers and Products (366th Batch)” issued by China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.
In terms of appearance, the front of the new NIO ES8 is highly similar to NIO ES7, but the large-size grille design has been removed. Lidars and cameras are placed above the front windshield, which indicates that the model will be equipped with the company’s Aquila Super Sensing system. On the side of the vehicle, the new NIO ES8 adopts a hidden door handle design, and a side-looking camera is added on the front fender.
The rear of the new model is designed with a full-width taillight. In terms of body size, the length, width and height are 5099/1989/1750mm respectively, and the wheelbase is 3070mm. Compared with the current NIO ES8, launched 8 years ago, the body size has been expanded. The new tyre sizes are 255/50 R20, 265/45 R21, 265/40 R22. The new version will do away with the 7-seat option and only provide the 6-seat option.
The new model is still equipped with a four-wheel drive system with maximum power of 180kW and 300kW respectively. It has a comprehensive maximum power of 480kW and a maximum torque of 850 Nm. In addition, the new ES8 will be equipped with the NIO Adam supercomputing platform composed of four Orin X chips, and the total power of the 48 CPU cores is as high as 1016 TOPS.
In terms of batteries, the new NIO ES8 will also be equipped with a power exchange mechanism, which can be equipped with a ternary lithium battery pack of 75kWh or 100kWh. Consumers can also choose to replace semi-solid batteries in the future. It is worth mentioning that, unlike the old model, the battery of the new car comes from two battery manufacturers, namely CATL and CALB.
The optional parts of the new model include wheel hubs, color calipers, rear logo, roof rack, electric trailer hitch and others. Among them, the configuration of the electric trailer hitch is for the practical use of towing a RV, and also meets the needs of consumers for outdoor camping.
According to Qin Lihong, co-founder and president of NIO, the new car will be launched on NIO Day 2022 on December 24.
It is worth mentioning that there is another brand-new model to be released on the upcoming event together with the new NIO ES8.