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October 27, 2017

The IMx Concept is Nissan's Not-So-Distant EV Future

Nissan says electrification and autonomous vehicles may change the very idea of driving. And responding to those changes is their new IMx Concept which made its debut at the 45th Tokyo Motor Show 2017.

An all-electric crossover concept, the IMx Concept offers fully autonomous operation and a driving range of more than 600 kilometers. It offers a glimpse of what Nissan’s Intelligent Mobility could lead to in the near future. It’s a future where a car doesn’t just offer a link between car and driver, but with society as a whole.

At the core of the IMx Concept is a future version of ProPILOT (the current version of which is on the 2018 Leaf). When ProPILOT drive mode is engaged, the steering wheel slots inside the dashboard and reclines all the seats giving everyone on board space and ambience to relax. When Manual drive mode is selected, it returns the steering wheel and seats to their original position seamlessly transferring control back to the driver.

Using Nissan’s new EV platform, the IMx Concept is designed for maximum efficiency. It allows the floor to be completely flat, resulting in a large interior and low center of gravity for improved driving dynamics. A pair of high-output electric motors at the front and rear give it all-wheel drive. It combines to produce 300 horsepower and 700 Nm of torque.

It also connects to infrastructure like no other vehicle before it. After driving its passenger off, it can park itself in a spot where it can get connected to the power grid, acting like a virtual powerplant by returning electricity to the grid. Once its owner returns, the IMx Concept can then disconnect itself, pick him or her up, and drive home.

The IMx Concept is heavily influenced by Japanese design and aesthetics. Aside from incorporating Nissan’s trademark V-motion grille it offers a design that blends exterior and interior into one cohesive space that doesn’t sacrifice privacy. Inside, it features a full OLED instrument panel which its driver can control using eye movements or hand gestures.

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