Nissan IMx concept: Autonomous EV with a disappearing steering wheel
29 October 2017 - Autoblog
Nissan began teasing its new concept car ahead of the Tokyo Motor Show, offering a glimpse at the silhouette and promising the inclusion of "Intelligent Mobility" technology.
The shadowy vehicle looked to have a shape similar to that of the new Leaf EV but had a stance that appeared a bit taller. Logic suggested it would be an electric crossover. Now, Nissan has unveiled the IMx concept, and it's pretty much what we expected — which is a good thing.
The Nissan IMx is an all-electric crossover with a driving range of over 600 kilometers (373 miles) on a single charge. The shape and position of its high-capacity battery provides a low center of gravity, a flat floor, and a lot of interior space. Its twin motors provide all-wheel drive with 429 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque.
The IMx also offers fully autonomous driving capability, which signifies where Nissan is headed with its ProPilot technology. Selecting ProPilot Drive mode stows the steering wheel inside the dash, and allows the occupants to recline and relax as the car takes over driving duties. The Nissan IMx's infotainment system can be controlled with gestures, or even eye movements.
The IMx uses connected car technology to communicate with nearby vehicles for a safer trip. It can also find parking, or perform other tasks while the driver is absent. It also has vehicle-to-home/grid capability and can be charged conventionally, with a plug-in cable, or wirelessly.
"The IMx zero-emission crossover concept vehicle embodies the future of Nissan Intelligent Mobility," said Nissan's Daniele Schillaci. "Through Nissan Intelligent Mobility, Nissan is committed to changing the way people and cars communicate, as well as how cars interact with society in the near future and beyond."
At the Tokyo Motor Show, Nissan also introduces "Canto," a system that gives otherwise whisper-quiet EVs a sound to alert pedestrians and others to the car's presence. The sound varies in pitch if the car is accelerating, decelerating, or backing up.