Nissan has revealed a new pure electric AWD “elevated sports sedan” at the Detroit Auto Show.
Dubbed the “IMs Concept”, the design study’s powertrain consists of dual electric motors (front and rear) that generate 476 bhp and 590 lb-ft of torque, while a 115-kWh battery provides an estimated range of 380 miles on a single charge.
The car also gets an advanced air suspension that adapts to different driving situations, which Nissan engineers claim gives the IMs “a silky, smooth ride quality and flat cornering character”.
The IMs exterior form is marked by simple horizontal and vertical lines rather than sculpted surfaces. The shape is further claimed to help lower the car’s drag coefficient. Additionally, various body panels, including the fenders, front spoiler, rocker panels and a full-length undertray, provide added downforce and minimal lift at high speeds.
“We looked at Nissan’s heritage and realised that some of our most successful models, such as the first-generation Murano and our Z cars, all had very simple silhouettes,” says Alfonso Albaisa, senior vice president for design at Nissan. “With simplicity of design, the perceived quality is also naturally improved.”
Nissan’s signature “V-motion” design language, which is incorporated throughout the brand’s 2019 model lineup, is also evident on the concept car’s exterior, most noticeably on the grille-less front fascia through the shape and placement of the headlamps.
In autonomous driving mode, the IMs concept’s headlights and rear combination light turn blue and the lighting travels continuously from front-to-rear to notify pedestrians and other drivers of its autonomous status.
The exterior also features holographic rear tail lamps and a B-pillar-less 4-door body structure with reverse-opening rear doors. To emphasise its Japanese character, a traditional Japanese asanoha geometric graphic pattern has been applied in gold over the IMs concept’s smoked glass roof surface. The pattern is used throughout the vehicle, including on the 22-inch wheels and inside the cabin.
The latter features a “2 + 1 + 2” seating architecture, which also includes a so-called “Premier Seat”, an oversized centre seat that appears out of the three-across rear seat after the slim outboard positions are folded.
In manual driving mode, the IMs concept’s interior becomes a driver-centric cockpit with advanced driver-assistance technology and multi-level information displays, giving full vehicle control to the driver.
In autonomous drive mode, on the other hand, the concept transforms from a driver’s car to a fully autonomous vehicle, allowing the driver “to engage in conversation with passengers, catch up on work or just enjoy the numerous entertainment options.”