Update: ‘Price & Release Date’ section updated.
At the Nio Day 2022 on December 24, 2022, Chinese automaker Nio turned its EL7 mid-sized SUV into a coupe, just like it did with its ES6 in 2020. The new electric SUV-coupe, called Nio EC7, is a model positioned above the EC6. Here’s everything you need to know about it:
The Nio EC7 looks no different from the EL7 at the front, but it features ADB intelligent multi-beam headlights which can project patterns or animations.
On the sides, the EC7 has a completely different character behind the B-pillar. The roofline starts aggressively sloping from this point, extending flat over the body. While the EC6 and EL7 have squarish wheel arches, the EC7 features circular wheel arches.
At the rear, the EC7 flaunts the company’s first active adjustable rear wing instead of a ducktail spoiler like on the EC6. The full-width tail lamp ends with a curve on both sides, not an L-shape like on the EL7.
The interior of the Nio EC7 is identical to the EL7, featuring a low-profile dashboard, center console, instrument cluster, and steering wheel, all of which are perfectly in tune with the futuristic exterior. The EC7 features a large panoramic sunroof with an area of 1.94 square meters to let ample light into the cabin. Thanks to electrochromic shading, customers can adjust the light coming from the sunroof in five levels.
PanoCinema (Nio’s AR/VR compatible digital cockpit system), NOMI AI assistant, waterfall-style ambient lighting, 10.2-inch (1920×532) driver information display, 12.8-inch (1728×1888) AMOLED touchscreen, 6.6-inch (1268×360) rear HDR touchscreen, and a 7.1.4-channel sound system with 23 speakers and 1,000 watts of power, are some more highlights of the cabin.
Autonomous driving & parking features
The EC7 comes with the complete NIO Autonomous Driving (NAD) hardware system consisting of the Aquila ultra-sensing system that consists of 33 high-performance sensing units as standard. These sensing units include an ultralong-range high-res LiDAR, seven 8MP high-res cameras, four 3MP light-sensitive cameras, one ADMS (Advanced Driver Monitoring System), five millimeter-wave radars, 12 ultrasonic sensors, two high-precision positioning units, and a sensor for V2X collaborative perception. Activating autonomous driving and hands-free parking will require a monthly subscription.
The Nio EC7 measures 4,968 mm in length, 1,974 mm in width, and 1,714 mm in height, and has a 2,960 mm wheelbase. The cargo volume ranges from 442 liters to 1,449 liters.
Nio uses the same two motors in the EC7 as the EL7 that produce a combined power of 480 kW (643 hp) and a combined torque of 850 Nm (1,139 lb.-ft.). A 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) sprint takes just 3.8 seconds.
75 kWh, 100 kWh, and 150 kWh are the battery pack options, officially expected to deliver a CLTC range of up to 490 km (305 miles), up to 635 km (395 miles), and 940 km (584 miles), respectively. The 150 kWh battery pack might not be available right from launch.
A dual-chamber suspension is standard in the EC7. Stopping power comes from ventilated disc brakes with 380 mm large perforated ventilated disc brakes. The front brakes feature a Brembo six-piston high-performance front caliper. When the driver floors the brake pedal at 100 km/h (62 mph), the EC7 comes to a halt at a distance of 33.9 meters, which is nearly 5 meters shorter than comparable SUVs in the segment, such as BMW’s X6, Nio said during the world premiere.
|Aspect||Nio EC7 Specification|
|Length||4,968 mm (195.6 in.)|
|Width||1,974 mm (77.7 in.)|
|Height||1,714 mm (67.5 in.)|
|Wheelbase||2,960 mm (116.5 in.)|
|Cargo Volume||442-1,449 liters (15.6-51.2 cu. ft.)|
|No. of Motors||Two|
|Front Motor Power||180 kW (241 hp)|
|Rear Motor Power||300 kW (402 hp)|
|System Power||480 kW (643 hp)|
|System Torque||850 Nm (1,139 lb.-ft.)|
|0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) Acceleration Time||3.8 seconds|
|Battery Pack||75 kWh/100 kWh/150 kWh|
|CLTC Range (Officially Expected)||75 kWh – Up to 490 km (304 miles)|
100 kWh – Up to 635 km (395 miles)
150 kWh – 940 km (584 miles)
Price & Release Date
The Nio EC7 costs CNY 488,000 (USD 70,739) onwards in China. Nio is displaying the EC7 in its home market at the 2022 Guangzhou Auto Show (December 30, 2022 – January 8, 2023), where it plans to start delivering customer cars in May 2023. The company may launch the new electric SUV-coupe in Europe in the second half of the year.
|Configuration||Nio EC7 Price (Outright Purchase)||Nio EC7 Price (BaaS)|
|EC7 75 kWh||CNY 488,000 (USD 70,739)||CNY 418,000 (USD 60,592) + CNY 980 (USD 142)/month|
|EC7 100 kWh||CNY 546,000 (USD 79,146)||CNY 418,000 (USD 60,592) + CNY 1,680 (USD 244)/month|
|EC7 Premier 100 kWh||CNY 578,000 (USD 83,785)||CNY 450,000 (USD 65,231) + CNY 1,680 (USD 244)/month|
Featuring a sleeker exterior, a more upmarket interior with a digital touch, a bigger battery that delivers a longer range, and a high-performance powertrain, the Nio EC7 justifies its position above the EC6. It appears to be among the best mid-size SUV coupes on the market, and we do not mean just those that are electric!
Nio EC7 FAQs
What will be the Nio EC7 release date?
The Nio EC7 will go on sale in China in May 2023.
What will be the Nio EC7 price?
The Nio EC7 costs CNY 488,000 (USD 70,739) onwards in China.
Which models will be Nio EC7 rivals?
The Nio EC7 competes with the Tesla Model Y Performance.
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