Nissan has unveiled the all-new IMQ concept car, an advanced technology and design showcase that signals the direction of the Japanese brand’s next generation of crossovers.
Inside the IMQ sits a dual-electric-motor that is paired with a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine to deliver a claimed total output of 335 bhp and 516 lb-ft of torque. The setup is said to be an uprated version of the “e-POWER” 100% electric motor drive system that is currently available in the Nissan Note and Serena models in Japan.
Additionally, the concept car’s higher output is channelled through a newly-developed multi-motor all-wheel-drive system.
In terms of design and packaging, the IMQ’s dimensions place it at the centre of the European C-crossover segment; it measures 4,558 mm long, 1,940 mm wide, and 1,560 mm tall.
The show car’s external body also evolves Nissan’s existing design language with the “V-motion” grille, for example, getting a more subtle execution than normal.
At the rear, a vertical character line drops from the light cluster to separate air as it passes down the side, which is claimed to aid aerodynamic performance. At its upper end, it’s integrated into a new slim line interpretation of Nissan’s “boomerang” lamp cluster.
The exterior is completed by 22-inch alloy wheels with bespoke Bridgestone Connect tyres. These “smart” tyres communicate information to the driver via a graphical user interface. Data transmitted includes tyre load, pressure, temperature, grip level, wear and tyre health. Nissan engineers say this helps the IMQ automatically calibrate its in-car control systems to work optimally.
The concept car’s interior, meanwhile, features four individual seats as well as Nissan’s familiar “gliding wing” instrument panel.
Each sculpted seat is finished in a two-tone 3D technical fabric, laser-cut in a geometric design inspired by Japanese kumiko woodwork. The pattern is replicated elsewhere, for example, on the instrument panel, door trim and parcel shelf.
The IMQ also comes equipped with an advanced prototype version of Nissan’s “ProPILOT” driving assistance system, as well as the company’s “Invisible-to-Visible” technology that was unveiled in January 2019 at the CES trade show.
“The IMQ’s design combines traditional and modern Japanese influences and shows what’s possible when future crossovers are powered by Nissan Intelligent Mobility,” says Alfonso Albaisa, senior vice president for design at Nissan. “With the IMQ, the interior and exterior are seamlessly blended together, signalling what our design direction may be for Nissan’s third generation of crossovers in Europe.”