As it prepares to launch the next-generation LEAF in the US, Nissan offered a glimpse of the next phase of its electric strategy at the recent Tokyo Motor Show.
The Nissan IMx is a compact crossover concept EV that has a range of 370 miles (on the Japanese test cycle – perhaps the equivalent of 300 miles in EPA testing) and is capable of fully autonomous driving.
The sleek and futuristic IMx incorporates “a future version of ProPilot,” Nissan’s driver-assistance software. When the driver selects autonomous mode, the steering wheel retracts into the dashboard and the passenger seats recline.
The IMx was built on a new EV platform, which Nissan says will be shared by a future LEAF, as well as other vehicles from alliance partners Renault and Mitsubishi. It features a flat battery under the floor, which has been “redesigned and re-engineered for increased energy density,” and electric motors on both front and rear axles. Combined power is 320 kW (430 hp) and torque is 516 lb-ft (700 N-m).
Source: Green Car Reports