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Nissan IMx Concept Previews Electric, Self-Driving Future

Nissan IMx Concept Previews Electric, Self-Driving Future

After throwing out a few teaser shots, Nissan has formally revealed what it is calling the Nissan IMx Concept at this year’s Tokyo Motor Show. The IMx, as expected, is an all-electric crossover that Nissan says previews the future of its “Intelligent Mobility” strategy.

At first glance, it is pretty evident the IMx is all concept. The front clip is a dramatic departure from the swoops and curves of today’s production Nissans; opting to go with a very sharp, high angled front end. That said, Nissan has thrown in some cues from today’s, such as the C-pillar design and a greenhouse that looks eerily similar to that of the 2018 Leaf.

The similarities to the Leaf are likely intentional. This concept is all-electric like the Leaf, featuring a lithium-ion battery pack under the floor like the Leaf. While the structure is similar to the Leaf, the IMx has a little more juice behind it.

Nissan says the IMx is good for about 373 miles of range before it needs plugged in again. Additionally, it is all-wheel-drive thanks to dual electric motors – one at each axle. The power output rests at an impressive 429 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque thanks to the dual-motor approach.

The bigger story with the IMx is the amount of technology packed within. The electric crossover features a new version of Nissan’s ProPilot self-driving system, one that is completely autonomous in theory. In fact, Nissan says when the IMx is put in ProPilot Drive mode, the steering wheels tucks away into the dash, leaving the driver more room to do other activities while the IMx pilots itself around.

This iteration of ProPilot is partially leveraging connected car technology, meaning the IMx communicates with other vehicles around it. The system is also capable of finding open parking spots and other convenience features as passengers just sit in the reclining seats and let the car’s brain do the thinking.

Nissan is also leveraging the IMx to showcase what it calls “Canto.” Canto is a new pedestrian alert feature that has the car emit certain noises to alert pedestrians of the location of this silent electric vehicle. The pitch of Canto changes when the IMx is accelerating, decelerating and braking.

Thus far Nissan isn’t disclosing if the IMx is a preview of an upcoming future product. We do know it is previewing where Nissan is headed with its Intelligent Mobility strategy, which converges electrification, self-driving technology and connected car features. In that regard, the IMx is clearly a power child of the future.


About Nick Saporito

AutoVerdict Senior Editor Nick Saporito began writing about cars at age 13. Nick ran a couple of automotive enthusiast sites for several years, before taking some time off to focus on his career and education. By day he's a marketing executive in the telecom world and by night he hangs out here at AV. You'll find him focusing on tech, design and the industry's future.
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