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New IM L6 is a 500-mile electric saloon from MG’s posh sister brand

The new Chinese electric saloon will be unveiled next week with an impressive 497-mile range thanks to a solid state battery

IM L7

MG has garnered a reputation in recent years for building cheap-and-cheerful runabouts, however, the British-Chinese brand’s parent company wants to take things upmarket, and it plans to do so with this: the IM L6 saloon.

Due to launch in Europe in 2025, IM (an abbreviation for ‘Intelligent Mobility’) is a new premium brand from Chinese giant SAIC and is set to launch a variety of electric saloon and SUV models, destined to rival challengers from BMW, Mercedes and even Tesla.

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The L6 will be the first IL model to make its way to the European market and will essentially be a shrunken version of the full-size IM L7 (pictured), which is only available in China. 

However, if MG’s claims ring true, the L6 (which could be sized from anything between the Tesla Model 3 and BMW i5), should be perhaps even more impressive. The brand has gone as far as quoting a maximum electric range for the IM L6 of 497 miles, which would make it the longest-range electric car on sale when it arrives in the UK – that is, if the 520-mile Lucid Air doesn’t go on sale here first.

This figure is achievable via the use of a state-of-the-art solid-state battery which has a much higher energy density than the equivalent lithium ion battery pack. The L6 will also be offered with a lithium ion battery, though, which MG says will still return an electric range of 373 miles.

That’s not all, as top-of-the-range IM L6 models will also be capable of completing the 0-62mph sprint in “under three seconds” – faster than the now-discontinued Tesla Model 3 Performance and even a Porsche Taycan 4S.

Not much else is known about the IM L6 at this stage; the new electric exec is set to be unveiled alongside the new hybrid-powered MG3 at the 2024 Geneva Motor Show next week.

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Hello there, I’m Tom Jervis and I have the pleasure of being the Content Editor here at DrivingElectric. Before joining the team in 2023, I spent my time reviewing cars and offering car buying tips and advice on DrivingElectric’s sister site, Carbuyer. I also continue to occasionally contribute to the AutoExpress magazine – another of DrivingElectric’s partner brands. In a past life, I worked for the BBC as a journalist and broadcast assistant for regional services in the east of England – constantly trying to find stories that related to cars!

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