Here’s a new Chinese SUV that rivals the Tesla Model X at the price of a Model Y

IM, a joint venture between SAIC and Alibaba, is launching its second vehicle, a large high-end SUV called the LS7. Competing with the Tesla Model X, the latter highlights its spacious on-board space and advanced technologies, including autonomous driving. It will be available for order soon and will start shipping next March.

IM LS7 // Source: SAIC and Alibaba

Gone are the days when Chinese brands offered cars with dubious looks, pale copies of models sold in Europe. Today, the builders of the Middle Kingdom are so powerful that it now worries European experts. And for good reason, many of them are invading the Old Continent like BYD, Nio or even Xpeng, not to mention MG. It is possible that the new model will come to us a little later.

Comfort above all else

This is the new IM LS7, the second model of the joint venture Alliance between Chinese groups SAIC and Alibaba. Six months after the introduction of the L7 sedan, we discover a behemoth. Adopting very clean lines that are slightly reminiscent of what its competitors already offer, this impressive SUV stands out in the market. its large panoramic windshield.

IM LS7 // Source: SAIC and Alibaba

The latter reminds one of the main competitors of this Chinese SUV, the Tesla Model Xi. As stated on the site It’s homeThe IM LS7 also shows fairly similar dimensions length is 5.05 meters for a width of 2 meters and a height of 1.73 meters. Significant work has been done to the Cx, shown at just 0.268, and the SUV features a full grille and body-integrated grab bars. By comparison, its new competitor, the recently unveiled Nio EC7, has a Cd of just 0.230, making it the most aerodynamic electric SUV on the market.

IM LS7 // Source: SAIC and Alibaba

Using a wide 3.06-meter wheelbase, as SAIC details in its press release, this LS7 bets on comfort and space on board to attract customers. The latter further benefits from beautiful interior lighting as well as front seats that can be perfectly reclined for stargazing. Equipped with a second rowreclining seats up to 120 degrees. Note that the car is equipped with Yoke steering like Tesla Model S and Model X.

IM LS7 // Source: SAIC and Alibaba

The driving position of the electric SUV, inspired by the L7 sedan, consists of a large digital panel, which reminds us of the Honda E, but also to a lesser extent of the new SUV presented by Aehra a few days ago. Another small screen is also installed below. The proposed IM LS7 can accommodate a total of five people on board the volume of the luggage is 733 liters.

Several versions are available

In total, two power levels are offered for the magnificent SUV, namely 250 kW (approx. 340 hp) with rear-wheel drive and 425 kW (approx. 577 hp) with all-wheel drive. Acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h will take 4.5 seconds. A figure that we owe especially to the torque of 725 Nm.

Two batteries of 90 and 100 kW are also available, was developed by SAIC in cooperation with the Chinese giant CATL, which started producing batteries on European soil and developed its own battery swapping stations. According to the Chinese CLTC cycle, the autonomy of the SUV is then between 615 and 660 kilometers.

IM LS7 // Source: SAIC and Alibaba

Note that the CLTC cycle is more optimistic than the European WLTP. So, to get a value closer to real conditions, it is necessary to subtract 10 to 15%, that is, between 520 and 560 kilometers. The charging capacity is not specified by the manufacturer.

IM LS7 // Source: SAIC and Alibaba

This new LS7 is also equipped with an autonomous driving system that can reach level 3 as suggested by the roof-mounted LiDAR sensor. The correct operation of this technology will be ensured by the Nvidia Orin chip, which allows the SUV to use automatic parking, among other things.

IM LS7 // Source: SAIC and Alibaba

The magnificent SUV will be officially launched in mid-February The first deliveries are expected in China in March. After that, between 350,000 and 500,000 yuan, or if we apply a common conversion, it is necessary to calculate the equivalent of 47,250 to 67,500 euros to buy a copy. However, be careful, the selling price of a Chinese car in Europe is often higher.

While many Chinese manufacturers are investing in our market, it remains to be seen whether it will visit Europe. It is even estimated that by 2025 there will be more than 800,000 cars from the Middle Empire on our roads.

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