Nissan has lifted the sheet off its IMx concept at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show. The fully autonomous electric crossover showcases the brand’s latest technology rolling out to showrooms in the coming years, under the Intelligent Mobility name.
Nissan’s first Intelligent Mobility product will be the Leaf EV hatch which is due to hit Australia in 2018. The program not only includes electric and autonomous vehicles but also the brand’s latest active safety features.
“The IMx zero-emission crossover concept vehicle embodies the future of Nissan Intelligent Mobility,” explained Daniele Schillaci, executive vice president for global marketing and sales, zero-emission vehicles and 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.”
Compared to the Leaf EV’s claimed range of 400km, the IMx is capable of traveling a further 200km thanks to a redesigned battery. It’s powered by a pair of electric motors, one on each axle, to make it all-wheel drive. Nissan says the IMx produces a meaty 320kW of power and 700Nm of torque.
However, the IMx goes beyond current expectations of a driver’s car and features a new version of the company’s ProPilot autonomous driving system.
When in ProPilot mode, the steering wheel recedes into the minimalist designed dashboard and the driver and passenger seats recline. When the driver wants to regain control the steering wheel and seats return to their original positions.
Nissan has hinted at expanding its EV range beyond the Leaf for several years. Speaking at the unveiling of the new Leaf in Tokyo in September Nissan’s chief planning officer, Philippe Klein, suggested an SUV EV was only a matter of time.
“Yes, you can expect us to enlarge our line-up moving forward but it’s a bit too early for me to give you anything specific,” Klein said.