SAIC and Alibaba join forces to develop and manufacture electric cars
Alibaba, better known in Europe as AliExpress, does not want to miss the “party” of electric cars and has therefore joined forces with the Chinese group SAIC to launch electric vehicles on the market.
The result of this collaboration has a name and surname, the company IM Motors, which has presented its second electric car with its sights set on success in Europe.
This new electric car, LS7, is an imposing SUV of generous size, 5 metres long, and an attractive design that has little or nothing to envy to the design of European and American proposals.
In fact, it is quite reminiscent of the design that another Chinese manufacturer, NIO, is adopting for its vehicles, and it could very well be a vehicle of that brand.
At the same time, we can also see in its design features that we have already seen in other electric cars from the SAIC group, specifically in the MG4, and that double rear spoiler is a copy of that vehicle.
A highlight of the LS7 is its imposing glass roof, which gives a greater sense of spaciousness in the interior and also thanks to a really wide front window (reminiscent of the Tesla Model X) makes the feeling of absolute freedom.
The interior features a huge elongated screen that covers the entire dashboard and an additional screen located between the driver and co-driver, very similar to what we have seen in other premium electric cars such as the Porsche Taycan.
Performance of the LS7, Alibaba’s electric car
And if in the aesthetic section it is more than remarkable, its performance does not leave indifferent either.
The LS7, in addition to having the latest technology for driving assistance thanks to the inclusion of 2 Lidar sensors, sensors and cameras around it, also offers remarkable power and autonomy.
In terms of power, IM Motor will market the LS7 under two options, a 250 kW (335 hp) single-engine, rear-wheel drive option and a second two-engine, all-wheel drive option offering 425 kW (570 hp).
In this second configuration the LS7 SUV is capable of accelerating from 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in just 4.5 seconds.
The LS7 will also be offered in two battery configurations, either a 90 kWh capacity battery with a range of 500 kilometres or a 100 kWh battery option with a range of 550 kilometres under the WLTP cycle.
For the time being, the LS7 will go on sale in March in China at prices ranging from 47,200 euros to 67,500 euros.
For the moment, the manufacturer has not given any clues as to when this model could be launched in the European market, and there is even the possibility that it could be launched under the umbrella of another SAIC group brand with a greater presence in that market.
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