NIO’s China-only electric SUV will cost half as much as a Tesla Model X

The production ES8 is full of features expected on a modern SUV. The body and chassis, both of which are all-aluminum, ride on an active air suspension. The interior is roomy and the seven seats are adorned with leather. There’s a heads-up display on the windshield, and a wireless charging pad in the center console.

The ES8 has two motors — one for each axle — that, combined, put out 480kW of power (or about 644 horsepower). That will get the ES8 from 0–100 kilometers per hour in about 4.4 seconds, according to NIO.

The ES8 will also have an advanced driver assistance system, called NIO Pilot. It’s powered by Mobileye’s EyeQ4 chip — the one that the Israeli company was developing when it split with Tesla in 2016 — which will lean on a suite of five cameras, 12 ultrasonic sensors, and five radars. This will endow the car with features like adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, blind spot detection. More will be available over time, thanks to over-the-air updates from NIO.
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