NIO ET5 Touring and EL6 (ES6) SUV Revealed - Let's have a closer look!
Good morning everyone and welcome to It's Only Electric. Today is a very special episode it's 4:30 in the morning. Crack of dawn. I'm here behind the scene shooting some materials together with Nio. Nio is actually releasing the new EL6, called ES6 in China. I don't know if you see it but away over there it's the ET5 Touring version. The Touring version is actually created
for the European market since Europeans love practical cars. Sedans is not their game. So the touring version will really be a game changer for Nio and for the electric car market. It is one of the first cars in this premium segment as a station wagon so that's very interesting. Back to the EL6 this is a mid-sized SUV the European version and it's going to be released for Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Netherlands and Germany as the first countries. It's a bit smaller than
the bigger brother EL7 or ES7. It's a car that will fit the market better it's more of a volume car compared to the ES7 because it's smaller and it's more in the ballpark for what people need. A little bit longer than the tesla Model Y so it's a great segment and a segment that a lot of people really like. There's a lot of potential in the EL6. Colors inspired by the sky and this one is
really obvious that it is sky colored it's a great looking car. They have been here for two hours now filming. I don't know if you see them but let's get closer. I'll just show you how it looks. You see that's a different back huh? Have you seen that before, no? Beautiful car I have tested the ET5 sedan version before. Never that one. It's a pre-production car but very close to to the final production so 99% ready for production. It's drivable as you see everything is working. I'm really excited to test drive this car I'm not gonna test drive it today though. So this is just a preview and a sneak peek before I review these cars in a deeper manner. So both cars is not
ready to drive yet I mean they are technically and mechanically but they are not registered so you can try them. It's illegal to drive them. so you see behind me it's time to go and move to the next location. The ET5 is getting ready for transport together with the EL6 just in a moment so more footage coming soon and if you wonder what the peeing sound is behind me or behind you. It's Poseidon with a lot of water this is a landmark here in Gothenburg Poseidon holding his fish.
Let's continue looking at the ET5 touring Edition to the right you have the ET5 that's actually the one I tested a couple of months ago the sedan version and just beside it you see the touring version you see the difference in the profile? You can equip it with a tow hitch, both cars yo see in picture and now they are actually covering it for two reasons. One reason they don't want to show it for everyone the second reason is to keep it clean of course but a beautiful morning here in Gothenburg. The sun just went up it's so it's getting a bit more crowdy but still a very silent place and not a lot of cars out there. Later today I'm going to interview the studio manager at Nio and the head of product management. That's actually the guy that's one of the fathers to the station wagon of the ET5 so stay tuned for that! Now it's time to move to the next location for some nice footage and videos. The whole lineup is actually here today that's nice to see that's the ET7 that's the bigger version of the ET5 sedan a more luxurious one with air suspension Etc. The new EL6.
Actually one car is missing and that's the EL7 the EL7 is not here but apart from that the whole lineup from Nio, at least here in Europe, is represented. This is the one I test drove earlier this year the ET5 75kWh battery pack and on that trailer they have loaded the ET5 Touring. Together with me I have Niklas Anderson from Nio. Hello Niklas and welcome. I have
some questions for you. First off what's your role at Nio and what's your background?Well, thanks for asking Efe. My role at Nio, I'm so called head of product marketing for Europe at Nio so me and my team we are responsible for the pricing, packaging, promotion and positioning of all our vehicles for Europe. Nice, so you're based in Munich. Correct, I'm based in Munich. I clearly hear that you have an heritage from Gothenburg, where we are now. We are actually
standing at Eriksberg I think? Thats what this area is called. On the very beautiful Pier here A great interview location. So you're from here and you have a background in the car industry before Nio? Yes, correct I've uh and astute of you to observe that I'm from Gothenburg yes I'm not sure how much it comes comes through in the English but yeah you have a great English we talked Swedish before this that is very obvious yeah and yeah right I have a background from the automotive industry in Gothenburg of around 20 years working for well the different other Automotive brands in the Gothenburg region but mainly within the same area product marketing and product marketing related. Nice because Gothenburg has an old heritage of the car industry Volvo
Etc based here a strong capital for cars and the car industry in Sweden and Scandinavia. I would say here behind us we have the two new cars the EL6 and the ET5 Touring. So to a specific question about the ET5 Touring. What's your view on the strategy on on the ET5 Touring the segmentation.
Do you have any main Rivals in the segment for the moment? Yeah well let's start from the beginning slightly. the ET5 Touring is a super good car for the European market and it may be even more so for the nordic, Scandinavian markets. But it's not necessarily a natural type of car for a car brand with a strong market in China. Touring cars are basically non-existent in China so it took
quite a lot of internal discussions uh where the European organization in Nio really put forward to the top management the need for this car and we had our designers doing a super job in designing a great looking touring car. It was in the end and decided to base it on the ET5 size level because that is also where we have a huge volume potential in the European markets so the whole idea is to now be able to reach those customers that need the extra space, the extra versatility. But still maintain the sportiness the drivability and so on of the ET5. Yeah, great because I have a test driven the ET5 the sedan version it's a really fun car to drive and I'm really looking forward to test drive the ET5 touring version when it's available for for test driving. Because I really like the driving dynamics the sportiness I mean 482 hp 700 Nm of torque in a station wagon that's a good combination isn't it? Yeah fun to drive. yeah. I have another question for you and that's actually about the EL6. Yes. It's actually the same question the segmentation for for EL6 and how do you see on that as a product.
Yeah and the reasoning is slightly different because the ET5 as we said was in in a very good segment for uh for European customers uh in the current portfolio before Nio launch this course in Europe we have the EL7 which is a bigger car it's a it's uh in the European context it's a big SUV and we really saw the need to have a mid-sized SUV in Europe . Because this is a segment where we have lots of customers lots of families that need the flexibility the versatility maybe not the same sportiness approach as we have with this ET5. But this is then definitely a car that is suitable for any occasion and we really saw that. This is a market and this are users that we want to engage with so that is the background for us bringing the EL6 here. Sounds like an interesting segment and you mentioned not as sporty but I mean 0-100 or 4.5 seconds. it's not like the ET5 but still a very sporty SUV at least when it comes to performance and and horsepower. Just a comment
on that I'd say that would go for all Nio cars they are at the core they have the same platform the same powertrain, technology, batteries and so on so what we usually say you will have more than enough of power in these cars. More than most people actually can utilize in any way. So it's 's quite sufficient. Sportiness for me it's very much related to how a user experience the product yeah in sorry in ET5 touring you have the more low setting close to the ground uh sporty driving feeling and in the el6 you see it a bit higher you have the more Overlook position and and more of in command and control position so that is a experienced differentiation between those vehicles yeah interesting uh another question I don't know if you want to answer this but the I see one of the main rivals could be a Tesla Model Y is that I mean it's not it's probably not in the same premium segment I own one myself and when I when I look at this one it's another class it's another interior it's another feeling when you drive it yeah but it's still a very interesting segment and a high volume segment yeah so any takes on that yeah you can look at the competitor vehicles from many different perspectives and if we take the user approach the vehicle needs to satisfy users wants and needs and yes to some extent the el6 and the model y from Tesla satisfies similar user needs but then when you start to look at it for from example from design from emotional approach from from usability they do differ and in the end it's of course up to the user to to choose but in my mind we do have a better product overall but it's the user that we'll choose yeah great I think that was the last question okay yeah nice into you thank you thank you for taking time to to talk with me and to answer some nice questions I mean this for me feels like a new era and the real start for for Neo in Europe at least in Europe because this is to really hopefully big volume cars yes correct and I assume I will see you in one of this later on yeah I hope so good thank you so time for the next interview here with me I have Andreas Nielsen from Neo Munich yes or mentioned yeah uh welcome I have a couple of questions for you okay first off your role at Neo and a short uh about your background in the car industry okay yep so I'm a studio head at Neo which is uh it's not a physical Studio it's actually a studio responsible for different car lines and these two cars for example that we're showing here today um and I'm so I'm keeping the team together responsible for everything you see on the car exterior interior cmf electrical material and finishes so the whole experience from beginning to end over Generations so we we're Three Studio heads responsible for the different cars so I have about five cars that I'm running yep nice so here behind us we have the ET5 the station version or is not called station it's called toy yeah the touring version of the ET5 a beautiful car uh it looked looks like it's meant to be I mean when looking at the Saddam version also a very good looking car but this actually looks original design at least for me uh so how did this idea when when did you come up with idea and and for how long because for me it felt like it just popped up and it's already almost on the market very quick work from you guys impressive yeah it's uh it's actually it's a fruit from some initial thinking or ideas within design. We had another program that was running and uh it was deemed not to be optimal so it was canceled and the team felt like oh this is a little bit of a lost opportunity we need something in that region sort of that positioning of the market but that product that was was canceled wasn't quite right so we're looking at what possibilities do we have to fill that parking position and that need that we see here especially here in Europe and Northern Europe so our proposition was to based on the ET5 make this touring version so we presented a few ideas and the management felt wow this is looking really good and promising so it was kicked off and done in record time just a few months so that was yeah it's fast that's really impressive because because I as you say I mean Europe especially in Nordic uh the Nordic countries I think Germany too really loves station wagons because it's a a lot more practical than classical sedans and you can do a lot more with it it's more boot capacity uh you have some some extra reverse versatility or practicality to the car is there anything specific you're more proud of when it comes to the new design of the of this version first of all I think it's a beautiful car I think it's well proportioned well balanced we wanted to make a car that's enjoyable to drive so it's a low low car Central gravity and driving Dynamics are all good it's beautiful jet practical what I'm proud of is how we managed to make it look purposeful and like it's meant to be even though it wasn't planned from the beginning when we did the ET5 usually you you design two cars together if you know you're doing a station wagon version out of it but we didn't but still I think it looks extremely nice and then some smarter IDs and Solutions in the in the rear boot space the trunk space that are quite unique you can have a look at them yep I think so let's move the camera okay so this is the boot or the touring version uh a lot bigger than the Saddam version and uh yeah so I have a little couple of hooks here ah special hooks yeah so if you go sporting and you're changing you can you know hang your gear there and yeah perfect yeah and if you're out camping have a little detachable so a flashlight It's a combination here so you have some different functions uh so you can turn it on uh like you can hang it like this oh because you can hang it on the hook to get some extra light or somewhere else you can then it's a multiple function you know yeah you can change the color yeah okay morning lamps and then we have a flashlight so that one doubles as a interior light for the boot space and also a flashlight and it's charged at that position charge there yeah and we have three lamps we did some studies and a lot of cars have one or two and it's quite annoying because I mean often you block your lights and it's just pitch black so we wanted to make sure you always have good lighting here then we have the floors that you can actually put these up and use as a divider okay yeah for them right A Simple Solution but we and there will be multiple uh accessories as well that you can hang from here with well of course we have the roller blind and then you have the pressure shelf where you can have some storage etc etc uh and we have this you can slide up or push down oh nice so so like a safety net yeah yeah usually you have to just bend it down but this one actually and there's an another one that's even further up to as an accessory so just small things I mean considering the time we had it was a challenge but yeah it's nice to see how we've managed to get it all in there it looks like a great product and the foldable seats 40/20/40. yes that's perfect for stowing long things in the middle
but still keeping uh the seating positions two full seating positions and while you can produce keys or SURFboard or whatever yeah through there that's quite unique for this segment as well so that's good that's nice and you can also equip this with the tow hitch and roof racks on top I think it's seven to five kilograms of weight possible to put on it yeah so so all in all a very practical car it's practical and beautiful yeah that's a that's a perfect mix uh yeah I think that's all thank you thank you for for taking time and uh answering my questions thank you so that was too interesting interviews with Andreas and Nicholas from Neo centrally from Munich so it's good and fun to see the Swedish jeans in the brand Neo and the influence they have uh on Neo as a company and in the development of their cars I'm actually walking on the Avenue this is the Main Avenue in Gothenburg where all the bars and restaurants are placed not all but a lot of them it's a very known street called avenin in Swedish I really hoped to be able to capture more materials about the cars and that's something that will come later on in additional videos but all together two really great cars this seems to be a deal breaker for Neo as a company and I really hope that they will succeed because it is two really great cars it's a interesting brand and this is two models that really has the potential to really make it especially in Europe I mean a mid-sized SUV that's a mass market car in the premium segment I mean I think this is a clear competitor to the Tesla Model Y and to cars like the BMW IX3 for instance. But I would say that this is a bit more premium there is no information regarding the price yet at least not when I record this video and Nio really, really don't want to say anything they have set the price for the car so it will be very interesting to see where it lands. But hopefully a lot cheaper than the EL7 and will be so that's interesting and when it comes to ET5 touring it will be almost the same price as the ET5 sedan but with some additional fee for being a station wagon I guess it will be like 2000 Euros or 20000 SEK extra, on top of the normal ET5 price but let's see. Son we know.
So that's it! it's time to wrap up. I'm walking back to the hotel for checking out and leaving back home to Stockholm. It has been a great trip and a great experience to be behind the scenes of the release of Nio ET5 Touring and the SUV, midsize SUV EL6 really looking forward to test drive and to do a long review of each car that's coming. So stay tuned for that. But that's it for now. I hope to enjoyed this video so give it a thumbs up don't forget to subscribe to my channel and as I always say stay Electric thank you for watching speak to you soon!