During the Nio Day 2023 event held this past Saturday, the Chinese company unveiled its most premium model to date, the iconic ET9. Placed at the pinnacle of Nio’s lineup, the ET9 showcases its technological innovation and aims to compete with the likes of Tesla Model S, Mercedes-Benz EQS, BMW i7, as well as equivalent gasoline models.
Expected to hit the Chinese market in the first quarter of 2025, the ET9 incorporates the latest advancements in research and development, presenting a perfect package of iconic exterior, spacious interior, captivating driving experience, efficient recharging, and smart technologies.
Similar to Nio’s smaller EC7, the ET9 challenges traditional distinctions between coupes, crossovers, and sedans. This is evident not only in its design but also in its ground clearance, resembling that of a sedan.
The ET9 features a fastback roofline in coupe style, maintaining Nio’s design elements such as a sharp front end with slim lighting elements. It measures 5,325 mm in length, 2,016 mm in width, 1,620 mm in height, with a wheelbase reaching 3,250 mm.
Inside, the ET9 adopts a four-seat arrangement, with the innovative “Sky Island” and “Executive Bridge” providing first-class comfort. The model offers a flexible 360-degree table for rear passengers, adjustable to any angle. The rear seats boast 24 patented technologies, with a maximum backrest adjustment angle of 45 degrees.
Among other comforts, there is an 8-inch screen placed between the seats, an electric smart refrigerator that opens and closes, and two 14.5-inch AMOLED screens positioned on the back of the front seats. Instead of a traditional instrument panel, the ET9 features a head-up display system and a 15.6-inch AMOLED screen in tablet style on the central console. Nio mentions a foldable steering wheel that can be stored in the instrument panel when autonomous driving mode is activated.
Mechanically, the ET9 is the first model from China equipped with 900V architecture, with the highest voltage at 925V, a maximum charging power of 600 kW, and a charging current of 765 A. This allows for rapid recharging with 255 km range in 5 minutes. The combined power of the two electric motors, the asynchronous front delivering 180 kW (245 hp) and a rear permanent magnet motor producing 340 kW (462 hp), results in a combined power of 520 kW or 707 hp.
In terms of safety and technology, the ET9 is equipped with three lidar sensors, including one in the center, and two high-resolution cameras at the front end of the roof. Additionally, it features digital rearview mirrors.
In conclusion, Nio has not disclosed plans for the availability of the ET9 in other markets, initiating pre-orders in China. The starting price is set at 800,000 yuan (approximately 110,000 euros).