IM L6 saloon coming to UK to challenge Tesla Model 3

IM Motors has confirmed that it will be coming to Europe and the UK from early next year.

The sister brand to MG revealed its new L6 saloon at the Geneva Motor Show, revealing that the Tesla Model 3 rival will come with the option of solid state batteries offering almost 500 miles of driving range.

While MG is a budget-oriented brand, IM is intended to be a more premium offering, focusing on executive saloons and SUVs and using new technologies to deliver an “exciting driving experience”.

IM says that its models will use advanced driver assistance technology and intelligent connected services, along with “leading-edge EV powertrains”. It claims that the L6 will accelerate from 0-62mph in three seconds.

It has also confirmed that the L6 will come with two battery options. A traditional 75kWh lithium-ion unit which should offer up to 372 miles of range, and a 100kWh solid state battery which IM says is projected to bring a range of 497 miles. Charging rates of more than 300kW are expected for both batteries.

After the L6, IM will launch the LS6 SUV, which uses the same IO Origin architecture and is already on sale in China, where it is positioned as a rival to the Tesla Model Y. It is available with a 776bhp dual-motor powertrain, which is likely to be the same used in top-of-the-range versions of the L6.

There is no word on whether IM will bring its Model S and X rivalling L7 and LS7 models to Europe.

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Matt Allan

Matt is Editor of EV Powered. He has worked in journalism for more than 20 years and been an automotive journalist for the last decade, covering every aspect of the industry, from new model reveals and reviews to consumer and driving advice. The former motoring editor of, The Scotsman and National World, Matt has watched the EV landscape transform beyond recognition over the last 10 years and developed a passion for electric vehicles and what they mean for the future of transport - from the smallest city cars to the biggest battery-powered trucks. When he’s not driving or writing about electric cars, he’s figuring out how to convert his classic VW camper to electric power.