Nio reveals third production car, EC6 coupe SUV

by James Attwood, Autocar UK 03 Jan 2020

Ambitious Chinese firm Nio has unveiled the EC6 coupé SUV, which will be the electric start-up’s third production car when it goes on sale later this year.

The new machine, which is based on the similarly sized ES6 SUV, was previewed at the firm’s Nio Day in Shenzhen, China.

The EC6 line-up will feature a range-topping 'Performance' version that uses two electric motors: a 160kW permanent magnet motor at the front axle and a 240kW induction unit at the rear. These will combine to offer a 0-62mph (0-100 kph) time of 4.7 secs, while its 110kWh battery will offer a range of more than 370 miles (595 km).

The EC6 uses similar frontal stying to the ES6 and larger ES8 SUVs but has a more sharply raked coupé roofline at the rear. It also features a large panoramic glass roof. As with other Nio models, its spacious interior is dominated by a large portrait-oriented touchscreen mounted in the centre of the dashboard.

Nio says that full technical details of the model will be confirmed in July, with deliveries beginning in September. 

Nio is listed on the New York Stock Exchange, and, while it has global aspirations, it currently only sells cars in China. The firm has racked up substantial losses in its short history – which has raised questions among financial analysts – and has told Autocar UK it is searching for new funding to achieve its growth plans.

Alongside the new EC6, Nio also showcased an updated version of the ES8 large SUV, which features a number of tweaks to boost its official range to 360 miles.