400,000 yuan budget to buy new energy cars IM L7 and ZEEKR 001 how to choose?


IM L7 VS ZEEKR 001,which one is better?

With the continuous development of new energy technology, more and more users will give priority to new energy models when purchasing a car, and a large number of independent brands of high-end new energy sedans have emerged in the market, such as IM L7, ZEEKR 001 and NIO ET7, etc. Among them, IM L7 and ZEEKR 001 are relatively similar in terms of product positioning and pricing, so how to choose is really a problem for consumers.


The latter is built by Geely Group, representing the top technical level of Geely Group's SEA vast platform. So, which of the two models actually has more advantages when compared? I will explain it in detail to you today.

Shape comparison.


The design language of IM L7 is relatively original, with a closed grille in line with the positioning of a pure electric model, and the front and rear light clusters consist of a total of 2.6 million pixels of DLP + 5000 LED ISC, which can not only realize the lighting function but also have dynamic light projection and animation interaction, which are highly interactive and playable.


The design language of the ZEEKR 001 is derived from the LYNK&CO family, and the front face is more like a fuel car, with a traditional air grille. The split headlight cluster also gives the impression of being more individual.


Simply put, the font style of the IM L7 is more original and simple, while the headlight cluster has a stronger sense of technology; the front shape of the ZEEKR 001 is more individual, both of which are sporty.


The side shape, IM L7 is a sliding back coupe design style, through the waistline makes the visual effect looks slender atmosphere, the suspension roof also makes the style looks quite fashionable, and hidden door handles can play a role in reducing wind resistance.

The side shape of the ZEEKR 001 has a strong hunting car style, the roof also creates a suspended shape, such a hunting car design in an independent brand is rare.


In contrast, both are more in place in terms of creating a sense of movement, with the slinky coupe shape of the Smart L7 being more sporty, and the hunting car shape of the ZEEKR 001 taking more care of the headroom for rear passengers. Both also use frameless door design to further enhance the sense of movement, which is also a very confident performance in terms of body rigidity and NVH performance.


The rear end of the L7 is relatively simple, with the running tail light cluster effectively stretching the horizontal visual width of the rear, the small ducktail at the top of the trunk, and the diffuser in the lower part of the surround effectively increasing the sporty performance.

The ZEEKR 001 also uses the popular through-tail light design, and the internal structure of the tail light is a bit more complex than that of the L7, and the ducktail and diffuser are not absent, but the shape of the lower surround is not as aggressive as that of the L7, and in comparison, I think the L7 has a better sense of movement.


Interior comparison review of IM L7 & ZEEKR 001


The interior of the IM L7 is equipped with a running triplex screen design and also a vehicle function control screen. The electronic pocket gear design will be more convenient to operate than the conventional electronic gear knob after skilled use.

The interior of the ZEEKR 001 is also derived from the LYNK&CO family, with a full LCD instrument panel, a floating center screen, a three-spoke multifunction steering wheel, and an electronic gear knob, all of which are relatively conventional.


The difference between the two in terms of center screen functions is not much, the regular online navigation, online audio and video, voice recognition and other functions are not absent, but the old ZEEKR 001 is equipped with a Snapdragon 820A chip in the smoothness of the performance is a bit unsatisfactory, but the recent official announcement will be changed for free Snapdragon 8155 chip, which is a more responsive performance.

IM L7 also provides a passenger entertainment screen in addition to the center screen, which can be used by the passenger, making the journey seem less monotonous; in addition, the separate vehicle function control screen is more advantageous to use and will not affect the normal use of the center screen.


Space comparison of IM L7 & ZEEKR 001



The length, width, and height of the IM L7 are 5098/1960/1485mm, with a wheelbase of 3100mm; the length, width, and height of the ZEEKR 001 are 4970/1999/1560 (1548) mm, with a wheelbase of 3005mm, in contrast, the IM L7 has a certain advantage in terms of body and wheelbase.


In terms of space, the two as a mid-size sedan, rear space whether it is for home or business reception can meet the needs of the Zhiyi L7 rear space slightly dominant, the same sitting position, Zhiyi L7 rear legroom will be about half a fist more than the ZEEKR 001. In addition, the rear air conditioning vents in the L7 extend backward to a smaller extent, which has relatively little impact on the comfort of passengers in the middle of the rear row.


In terms of comfort features, the two are comparable, with the front seats of the Smart L7 supporting ventilation and heating, and the front seats of the ZEEKR 001 supporting heating and massage, while the ventilation function is only available for the driver's seat; the rear seats of both support heating.


Power Comparison of IM L7 & ZEEKR 001



The IM L7 comes standard with a four-wheel drive system consisting of dual front and rear motors, with a combined maximum power of 425kW and peak torque of 725N-m, and a 100km acceleration time of 3.87 seconds.


The ZEEKR 001 four-wheel drive version is also equipped with dual front and rear motors, with a combined maximum power of 400kW, peak torque of 768N-m, and acceleration time of 3.8 seconds per 100 kilometers, from the power aspect alone, both have reached the level of the first echelon of this class, and their performance is comparable.


In terms of range, the IM L7 is equipped with a ternary lithium battery pack with a capacity of 93kWh and an energy density of 195Wh/kg, with a range of 615km under CLTC conditions and comprehensive energy consumption of 15.4kWh/100km.


The ZEEKR 001 4WD version uses a 100kWh battery pack with an energy density of 176.6kWh, a range of 650km under CLTC conditions, and comprehensive energy consumption of 16.5kWh/100km.


In comparison, the 4WD version of the ZEEKR 001 has a slight advantage in terms of range, but the battery energy density and 100km energy consumption of the IM L7 are a bit better; the benefits of higher battery energy density are also obvious, as the IM L7 has a larger body with a total weight of 2290kg, while the ZEEKR 001 has a relatively small body, but the total weight is slightly heavier than the IM The ZEEKR 001, despite its relatively small body, has a slightly heavier overall mass than the L7, reaching 2350kg.


Another point worth mentioning is that the IM L7 supports four-wheel steering, a feature that is currently found only in high-end models of luxury brands.


With the support of the four-wheel steering system, the total range of motion of one wheel can reach 12°. At speeds not exceeding 40km/h, the rear wheels are deflected in the opposite direction from the front wheels to reduce the steering radius and improve the vehicle's agility; when the speed exceeds 40km/h, the rear wheels are deflected in the same direction as the front wheels to improve the vehicle's handling stability.


Summary  Comparison of IM L7 & ZEEKR 001



Regardless of whether it's the IM L7 or the ZEEKR 001, the performance in terms of space, power, and configuration has reached the level that this class should have, and there is no problem to meet the daily driving needs.


The advantage of the ZEEKR 001 is that it has a larger battery pack, which gives it a slight range advantage, and it offers an air suspension for better comfort.

The advantages of the L7 include slightly more legroom in the rear, a more technologically advanced interior, and a higher energy density of the battery pack; in addition, with the support of the four-wheel steering system, it will be more convenient to turn around and park on the side in the city.


In my opinion, 400,000 yuan in this price range, the choice of IM L7 or ZEEKR 001 is more appropriate, but if the urban environment with more cars, I still recommend the more flexible IM L7.


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