Nissan unveiled the IMs concept at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show. It is a completely new type of car, according to Nissan – an “elevated sports sedan” that takes advantage of the packaging, platform, and powertrain technology developed through Nissan Intelligent Mobility.
The Nissan IMs is closer to a sedan than a crossover, yet has revolutionary proportions with the potential to define its own segment. It is an electric vehicle with the battery located under the body, elevating cabin height. Its stretched interior space is the result of an extended wheelbase. But the real USP of this concept is its 2+1+2 seating architecture. The front seats rotate fully about their centres, and the rear seat offers two configurations.
Nissan IMs employs lighting elements to define its signature V-Motion grille.
You can set up the rear seat to offer three-abreast seating or an indulgent “Premier Seat” in the rear centre once the slim outboard seats are folded. Alfonso Albaisa, Senior Vice President for design at Nissan, said: “Advances in electric vehicle technology and autonomous driving have allowed our designers to break free of the platform and packaging rules that constrain traditional passenger vehicles, to create a completely new type of car. The IMs explores the limits of sedan design with an approach that elevates the category in both look and functionality.”
Nissan has fitted the IMs with two electric motors over each axle that together generate 483hp and 800Nm, ensuring this electric sports sedan can leave its conventional rivals in the dust. Armed with a fast-charging 115-KWh battery, the Nissan IMs can cover a distance of up to 600km. It also has thee three pillars of Nissan Intelligent Mobility, namely Intelligent Driving, Intelligent Power, and Intelligent Integration. All of this is wrapped in a contemporary, appealing design.
“We looked at Nissan’s heritage and realized that some of our most successful models, such as the first-generation Murano and our Z® cars, all had very simple silhouettes,” said Albaisa. “With simplicity of design, the perceived quality is also naturally improved.”
Seating configurations are revolutionary, with the rear central seat providing an indulgent travel experience.
Nissan is also equipping the IMs with V2X (Vehicle-To-Everything) connectivity allowing it to communicate with other intelligent entities like smart traffic lights, parking meters, other cars, devices – anything V2X enabled. With NIM and V2X, Nissan aims to integrate intelligent and autonomous electric cars like the IMs seamlessly into society.