IM L6 brings its 100kWh solid state battery to Geneva - sets its sights on UK market

Max McDee, 27 February 2024

IM Motors, a joint venture between auto giant SAIC Motor, Chinese tech behemoth Alibaba, and Zhangjiang Hi-Tech, is making its big debut on the European market with the IM L6 all-electric sedan. Unveiled at the prestigious Geneva Motor Show, this slick four-door vehicle is poised to rival the likes of the Tesla Model 3, maybe even the Model S.

The IM L6 boasts impressive numbers: a sub-three-second 0-62 mph sprint and a choice of 75 kWh and 100 kWh battery packs. With an alleged range exceeding 497 miles on a single charge, it could leave many EVs range claims in the dust. The L6 also promises ultra-fast 300 kW charging capabilities thanks to its 800-volt architecture.

IM L6 debuts in Geneva - sets its sights on UK market

The L6 has the word "sporty" written all over it. Think sleek, coupe-inspired lines, a sculpted front end, and aggressive air intakes. Inside, it’s surprisingly familiar, with a massive, flowing infotainment system similar to the one found in the existing IM LS6 SUV. While the design isn't groundbreaking, this EV's specs make it a serious contender.

It stands at 194.1 inches long, 77.2 inches wide, and 58 inches tall, with a generous wheelbase of 116.1 inches – plenty of space for passengers. While there are single-motor and dual-motor options planned, the company boasts the dual-motor setup can deliver up to a whopping 579 horsepower – serious muscle for a family sedan.

IM L6 debuts in Geneva - sets its sights on UK market

The IM L6 is slated to hit the UK market by the first half of 2025, and apparently, the L6 could start at the competitive $49,000 price point. That’s a shot across the bow of Tesla’s Model 3 – and let’s be honest, it's about time another company gave Tesla a run for its money. Of course, the true proof will be in real-world tests and customer satisfaction. But IM is entering the market with guns blazing and a hunger to take a bite out of the EV pie.

There was some confusion at the Geneva show, though. As we reported earlier, SAIC - the co-owner of the IM brand - plans to rebrand its vehicles as MG for European and South American markets. In line with that decision, the MG stand in Geneva already had the IM F7 and IM R7 on display, under their new MG 9 and MG S9 names, respectively.

Why the IM L6 did not get that treatment is hard to explain - maybe they simply ran out of time? It is highly unlikely for IM to enter the European markets under its own name with just one model, while other cars from its portfolio will be marketed as MG.


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