SAIC Zhiji L7 luxury electric sedan is a good choice for this year | Car Blog

IM Motors L7 hiện là mẫu xe gần nhất về ngoại hình, thông số kỹ thuật và giá cả với mẫu sedan hàng đầu đầu tiên của NIO, ET7.

Zhiji Motor, for the uninitiated (probably most people), is a joint venture between SAIC and Alibaba. The two companies set out to challenge the likes of Tesla on quality, performance and innovation.

IM Motors, SAIC's premium electric car brand, will begin taking reservations for its first model, the L7 sedan, on February 28, with deliveries to begin in April, the company said today.

The L7 is currently the closest in appearance, specifications and price to NIO's flagship sedan, the ET7, which aims to capture market share from German luxury brands including Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Audi.

With a delivery date not far from the NIO ET7, the two are expected to work together to expand the premium electric vehicle market in China.

The ET7 will start locking in orders on January 20, 2022 and deliveries will begin on March 28, said William Li, founder, chairman and CEO of NIO, at the NIO Day 2021 event held on December 18.

IM Motors is an electric vehicle brand built with investment from SAIC, Zhangjiang Hi-Tech and Alibaba, with SIAC holding a majority stake.

At the beginning of April last year, IM Motors identified its first model as the L7, and at the end of April, the company announced a pre-sale price of RMB 408,800 ($62,800) for the "angel round version" of the L7.

For comparison, the NIO ET7 starts at RMB 448,000 and buyers can enjoy a state subsidy of RMB 11,340 or RMB 12,600 depending on the battery pack.

Consumers who purchase the car with NIO's BaaS battery leasing program can reduce the price by at least RMB 70,000, but will have to pay at least RMB 980 per month for battery rental.

The IM Motors L7 will not be eligible for China's state subsidies because it does not support battery swap like the ET7 and is priced above RMB 300,000.

The L7 and ET7 are also similar in size, with the former measuring 5,098/1960/1482/3,100 mm in length, width, height and wheelbase, and the latter 5,101/1,987/1,505/3,060 mm.

In terms of the number of sensors and acceleration performance, the two are also basically similar. But the autonomous driving chip used in the L7 is NVIDIA Xavier, and the NIO ET7 uses the more powerful NVIDIA DRIVE Orin.

Powering the IM L7 is a dual motor setup with a combined output of 536 hp (544 PS) and 516 lb-ft (700 Nm) of torque, which will enable you to accelerate from zero to 62 mph (100 kph) in just 3.9 seconds. The motors work alongside a 93-kWh battery pack with an 11-kW wireless charging function, while the range is said to be 382 miles (615 km) as per the NEDC cycle.

There might, however, also be a longer-range model in the pipeline, with a larger 118 kWh battery and a very impressive 543 miles (874 km) of range.

In terms of its design, the L7 looks sleek and quite modern from all angles. We especially like the interactive rear-end panel where the occupants can display messages for other drivers. That can definitely come in handy.

As for the interior, it comes with a large segmented 39-inch widescreen display on top of the dashboard, as well as a secondary 12.8-inch display on the center console. Other highlights include what appear to be touch-capacitive buttons throughout the cabin, as well as a loud 22-speaker, 1,120W sound system.

IM Motors saw the first 200 Beta Experience units of its first model, the L7 sedan, roll off the line on December 26.

The vehicles meet legal and regulatory requirements for driving on the open road, and they will be delivered to system test users and will tour nine cities, including Shanghai, the company said.

By the end of February 2022, IM L7 test cars will begin to be available in sales stores, and interested consumers will be able to take a test drive in early March, it previously said.

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