Amazing what pops up in our neck of the woods sometimes. This is the NextEV Nio ES8, and it has been spotted in Malaysia. Quite a feat, considering that the offering from the Chinese electric vehicle start-up was unveiled in April and hasn’t even been officially launched yet – it’s only due to make its domestic market debut early next year.

It looks like the SUV is in town for either an ad or product video shoot – reader PHJ spied a production crew filming the car and duly sent these shots in.

The ES8 is a full-size offering measuring nearly five metres long, able to accomodate seven occupants in 2-3-2 seating configuration. Technical elements include an all-aluminium body and chassis, active air suspension and an electric all-wheel drive system, as well as a swappable battery.

The SUV follows on the Nio EP9 all-electric, 1,000+ hp supercar, which had the honour of being the fastest road-legal car to lap the Nurburgring – its record time of six minutes 45.9 seconds set in March this year lasted for two months before it was bested by the McLaren P1 XP1 LM prototype.