Nissan’s dramatic looking IMx Concept revealed at last week’s Tokyo Motor Show may preview some design elements of the next Rogue Sport.
Nissan leveraged the IMx Concept primarily to showcase the company’s “Intelligent Mobility” strategy, which converges electrification, self-driving technology and communications as capstones of Nissan’s future. However, the design of the IMx threw everyone off a bit as it doesn’t exactly look like anything else in the Nissan portfolio. The sharp front clip and chiseled angles may actually be a preview of the future as well.
According to AutoExpress the IMx may foreshadow some design elements found on the next Qashqai, also known as the Rogue Sport in the U.S. Nissan is stopping short of saying just that, but has confirmed that the design of the IMx is previewing out only the next three years, which would likely coincide with the launch of a new Qashqai.
From a size perspective, the IMx is a good surrogate to preview the Rogue Sport. They’re similarly sized and Nissan explicitly pointed out to AutoExpress that the IMx is larger than the Juke, so it isn’t previewing a new Juke.
Design elements aside, it is likely that many elements of the IMx Concept will find their way to Nissan showrooms. It’s electrified powertrain and self-driving technology are givens for production models. The open-concept cabin design is also a no-brainer for production as the company is now putting an emphasis on cabin design.