Nio claims its Tesla-rivalling sedan will be offered in 25 countries within the next four years. Australia could be one of them.

Chinese car maker Nio has pulled the covers off its new ET5 electric sedan – and claims the model will have a world-beating range in excess of 1000 kilometres.

The new vehicle sits below the larger ET7 in the marque’s line-up, and is pitched as a direct competitor to the similarly-priced Tesla Model 3.

Built in Shanghai – not far from Tesla’s own Chinese factory – the ET5 will start from the equivalent of $AU70,000 in its home market, and is slated for sale in 25 countries (potentially including right-hand-drive markets such as Australia) within the next four years.

Power and torque figures are yet to be announced, however dual electric motors allow the 0-100km/h sprint to be completed in a claimed 4.3 seconds.

Nondescript ‘new’ battery technology and an impressive drag coefficient of 0.24 pushes the claimed range beyond 1000km between charges – albeit measured according to China’s lenient CLTC test cycle – when fitted with the flagship 150kWh ‘Ultralong’ lithium-ion battery pack.

An entry-level 75kWh battery permits a CLTC range of 550km – on par with a rear-wheel-drive Tesla Model 3, which claims 556km of CLTC range, or 491km according to more realistic WLTP testing.

Inside the cabin, the seats and door cards are trimmed in fabric, while a 10.2-inch digital instrument cluster sits behind the steering wheel.

An infotainment screen has been swapped out for a ‘virtual reality device’ capable of projecting a display equivalent to 201 inches across, though it’s unclear how this works or what advantages it brings to users.

Safety specifications have not been announced, however an official media statement claims the car was “engineered to meet the five-star C-NCAP and Euro NCAP standards.”  

The ET5 will be offered in nine colours, however further details are yet to be confirmed.

In China the Nio ET5 is priced from ¥328,000 ($AU70,000), with the first deliveries promised in September 2022.

The manufacturer has previously claimed its cars will be sold in 25 countries by 2025, and suggest right-hand drive production is likely – though a launch in the key right-hand-drive UK is so far unconfirmed.

Drive has contacted Nio for clarification on local availability, and this story will be updated if more information becomes available.

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