This is the IM LS7, an all-electric crossover from China built by a brand you’ve likely never heard of. It also happens to look a lot like the Aston Martin DBX, at least from some angles.
The LS7 has been brought to life by IM Motors, a new brand jointly owned by SAIC, Alibaba, and Zhangjiang Hi-Tech. It will be offered in a number of different guises and will hit the Chinese market in the first half of 2023.
Viewed from the front, the LS7 catches the eye thanks to curvaceous headlights and the lack of a traditional grille. There is also a large brand badge on the fascia. The design then gets particularly interesting when you look at the roof and notice three large humps. Chinese media report that the middle hump houses a high-resolution camera while the two others accommodate advanced LiDAR units.
The similarities to the Aston Martin DBX are immediately obvious from the side and rear. For starters, the shape of the roof and side windows are nearly identical to the DBX. Furthermore, the IM LS7 also has a large spoiler stretching off from the roof, a short decklid, and a prominent LED light bar stretching across the full width of the rear, just like the DBX.
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Found in the cabin of the LS7 is a large 12.8-inch infotainment screen floating that extends from the transmission tunnel, similar to new Mercedes-Benz S-Class models optioned without the Hyperscreen. Taking pride of place on the dashboard is a 39-inch screen. A two-spoke steering wheel with a flat bottom is also present on the prototypes that was spied out and about but an official image from IM also showcases a yoke-style wheel that could be optional.
Found beneath the skin is the same powertrain as the L7 sedan, Car News China reports. This means the LS7 supports a 90 kWh battery pack that can pump out 340 hp in rear-wheel drive guise or 578 hp in the all-wheel drive model. All-wheel drive models should be able to travel around 575 km (357 miles) on a charge while the rear-wheel drive variant will extend this to approximately 600 km (372 miles).
While full details have yet to be announced, the IM LS7 is expected to set back customers around 360,000 yuan ($51,740).