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This is NIO’s Tesla and Polestar rival

In a Shanghai motor show full of electric SUVs, NIO shows off an EV saloon

Published: 16 Apr 2019
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Meet the NIO ET Preview. It’s an electric saloon car made be the same company that set a lap record at the Nürburgring with its EP9, and, um, that’s all we really know about it.

The ET landed at this week’s Shanghai motor show, looking a wee bit more traditional than all the plug-in SUVs and crossovers scattered around the rest of the show. Two of which were NIO’s.

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“The ET Preview represents NIO’s exploration of an all new car body,” the company says, “whose sleek new contours combine elegant proportions with power and beauty through a minimalistic design.”

Its simple, clean lines mark it out as a Tesla Model 3 and Polestar 2 rival even before you learn it’s electrically powered. Quite how much power that’ll involve is a mystery for now, but something resembling the stats of NIO’s ES6 SUV – 544bhp, 0-62mph in 4.7secs, a circa-300-mile range – would certainly make it class competitive.

What do you reckon? Could the ET’s rakish, fastback looks could tempt you from a Tesla or Polestar?

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