Nissan IMx Concept claims to have electric range of over 600 km; features large interior and is said to offer superior handling
We reported back in September 2017 that Japanese auto giant Nissan had filed application for a Nissan IMx nomenclature. It was initially expected to be a Front Wheel Drive (FWD) sportscar carrying similarities to the IDX concept. The automaker received good response with the IDX concept but that didn’t enter production and while announcing the cancellation of the project, Nissan also hinted about a future FWD sportscar.
However, it has not been the case as the IMx Concept is another electric crossover from Nissan. The fully autonomous concept made its debut at the 45th Tokyo Motor Show and is built on the Japanese company’s EV platform. It vows to provide sharp handling with low centre of gravity and roomier cabin for occupants.
The Nissan IMx Concept takes power from two electric motors. One drives the front axle and the other rear wheels. They combine to deliver a power output of 429 horsepower and 700 Nm of peak torque from a high capacity battery which is claimed to deliver a range of over 600 km on a single charge.
The prototype is loosely connected with the Terra concept and seems to have adopted the latter’s design language with latest styling cues adhering to the current global lineup. The IMx boasts a prominent front fascia with large-sized wheels, glass roof, minimalistic cabin and a sturdy silhouette. It also features an updated version of the Nissan ProPILOT system that enables fully autonomous driving technology.
When the driver engages the system, the steering wheels automatically moves back into the dashboard and the seats are reclined to give occupants a comfortable and relaxed experience. Both the seats and steering wheel get back to the regular position when the ProPILOT mode is disengaged.
Nissan says the IMx concept has taken inspiration from the Japanese concepts of “ma” ensuring a sense of space and time and “wa” that means to say harmony. In a recent interview, Nissan executive design director Mamoru Aoki has confirmed that the IMx concept will eventually enter production in a few years.
Described as “breakthrough model”, the concept received an updated avatar in Geneva with the IMx Kuro. Apart from the styling updates, it came equipped with Nissan’s Brain-to-Vehicle technology that reads a driver’s brain wave activity and looks for signs to initiate a movement such as turning the steering wheel or pushing the accelerator pedal.
When detected, the IMx Kuro Concept can initiate the action 0.2 to 0.5 seconds faster than the driver, while remaining largely imperceptible.