Nissan turns a new Leaf with the IMx crossover concept

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Nissan has unveiled the next concept towards its Nissan Intelligent Mobility strategy with the Nissan IMx – an all-electric crossover concept that features a 600 kilometre range along with fully autonomous driving.

“The IMx zero-emission crossover concept vehicle embodies the future of Nissan Intelligent Mobility,” said Daniele Schillaci, executive vice president for global marketing and sales, zero-emission vehicles and the battery business. “Through Nissan Intelligent Mobility, Nissan is committed to changing the way people and cars communicate, as well as how cars interact with society in the near future and beyond.”

The IMx concept was unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show. The concept visualises a future where the concept of autonomous drive is accepted – the ProPilot system will be so advanced that the steering wheel stows itself away when the car is in autonomous mode. At the same time the seats are closer to a lounge mode, which comes back to drive position when manual mode is selected. Autonomous mode also extends to the ability to robot drive, like shuttling to a parking spot. And here it becomes part of the newly visualised grid of electric vehicles that can offer excess power back to the grid.

The crossover will be built on an electric vehicle platform that puts the battery pack below the completely flat floor, with low centre of gravity and maximum usable volume in the cabin. Drive is provided by an electric motor each at the front and back with output ratings of 436hp and 700Nm of torque.

The car’s operating system also brings in gesture and eye-movement recognition, allowing drivers to connect with additional methods, while its large OLED display also tries to expand the feeling of volume by incorporating a visual of the exterior against which the operational data can stand out.

While the concept as it stands may take many years to commercialise, useful elements of autonomous drive and the crossover shape will see life in the next couple of years.

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