Nissan has revealed the IMs concept, an elevated sports sedan, at the Detroit motor show.
Being a high-riding sedan, Nissan claims the IMs concept’s revolutionary proportions create a vehicle segment all of its own.
The IMs’ electric powertrain consists of a 115kWh battery and dual electric motors (front and rear) that provide all-wheel drive and generate 360kW of power and 800Nm of torque. Nissan says that when fully-charged, the IMs can travel an estimated 600km.
Housing the battery under the body has allowed the elevated cabin height and greater interior space.
The interior features a unique “2+1+2” seating architecture. With the help of suicide-doors the front seats pivot while the rear seat provides either three-across seating or, once the slim rear outboard seats are folded, an indulgent “Premier Seat” in the rear centre.
“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,” said Alfonso Albaisa, senior vice president for design at Nissan.
“The IMs explores the limits of sedan design with an approach that elevates the category in both look and functionality.”
As for the exterior,  designers have opted for simple horizontal and vertical lines rather than sculpted surfaces. There’s also a new take on sedan proportions with a forward A-pillar and extended C-pillar locations.
The exterior also features Nissan’s new V-motion design language with a grille-less front fascia through the shape and placement of the headlamps.
When in autonomous mode the headlights and rear combination light turn blue and the lighting blinks continuously to notify pedestrians and other drivers of its autonomous status.
The IMs concept also utilises Nissan’s new Invisible-to-Visible or I2V interface which allows the real world to converge with the virtual world. The technology was revealed at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show.
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