SUVs accounted for approximately 50% of worldwide car sales last year as a result of their adaptability. Now, Chinese manufacturer NIO intends to make its presence felt in the market.

Nio introduced its newest SUV, the ES7, on Thursday as competition with Tesla in China heats up. The ES7 is the new challenger to Tesla's Model Y and Model X in China.

Nio's latest midsize SUV, based on its design, specifications, and technology, appears to be prepared to compete with the top vehicles in its class.

This five-seater-only SUV is Nio's quickest vehicle ever, capable of reaching 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.9 seconds in its most powerful configuration.

Nio is attempting to differentiate its electric SUV by emphasizing its technological characteristics.  This includes the company's semi-autonomous driving technology, Nio Autonomous Driving.

The automaker also emphasized the car's infotainment system, which includes 23 speakers for surround sound.

Depending on the battery capacity, the Nio ES7 has three distinct range capacities: 485 kilometers, 620 kilometers, and 930 kilometers.

Pre-orders have commenced, with shipments anticipated to commence in August. 

Existing supply chain disruptions for Nio and its competitors have been exacerbated by the emergence of COVID-19 in China and subsequent lockdowns in and around key manufacturing hubs in the country.

The company's first-quarter revenue increased, but its deficit grew. While production was hindered in April and May, the company's delivery expectation for the second quarter indicates a rebound in June.

Tesla has also struggled with production at its crucial China factory in Shanghai, which has been locked down for an extended period of time.

In the late 1990s, consumers recognized SUVs as practical people- and cargo-hauling vehicles. As powertrain and design technology advanced, the segment boomed, with some automakers changing their entire fleets to SUVs and pickups.

Based on the press release, Nio confirms that the "ES7 is one of the first certified passenger vehicles in China capable of towing a caravan or trailer."

The electric tow bar accessory has a maximum towing capacity of 2,000 kilograms. ES7 can also provide power to towed equipment. In outdoor circumstances, it supports Camping Mode and V2L discharge, the manufacturer said.

In China, the 75 kWh battery for the ES7 begins at the equivalent of slightly under $70,000. The larger pack costs about $80,000.

The battery-as-a-service offered by Nio costs approximately $59,000, which includes a monthly lease and access to the company's battery switching stations.