Nissan IMx electric SUV concept unveiled

Nissan IMx Concept
The Nissan IMx Concept was unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show

Nissan has unveiled a new crossover concept, as expected, which is called the Nissan IMx, an all-electric SUV that has a range of 600km. Yes, you read that right – 600 kilometres.

Also debuting with a full autonomous driving mode, the IMx is a showcase of Nissan Intelligent Mobility, which is the company says is underpinned by three core strategies – Intelligent Driving, Intelligent Power and Intelligent Integration.

But do we really care about all of that? Not really – you want to know what it goes like, right? Is it really a Tesla Model X killer?

Nissan IMx Concept rear view

We won’t say what’s “under the hood”, because what makes it go is really under the floor.

The new crossover has two high-output electric motors for each axle (one for each wheel making it all-wheel-drive, of course) which 320kW and 700Nm of torque. Safe to say it goes pretty well.

There’s a high-capacity battery which Nissan says has been “redesigned and re-engineered for increased energy density”.

While details about how the extra density has made the difference are scarce – after all, this is a concept and Nissan could say anything – the company says that it will run to 600 kilometers on a single charge.

Another cool feature, which is certainly feasible, is the self-parking function. Nissan gives the example of the car autonomously taking its “owner” – not driver – to the airport, the IMx will park itself in a space where it will connect to the local power grid.

Inside, there’s a panoramic OLED instrument panel that brings the outside in by showing a view of the surroundings in the background of its display.

Sounds very cool, but where did the IMx come into the picture?

You’ll remember that Nissan hinted at the introduction of an all-electric SUV at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show. The company dropped a video online a few weeks ago which outlined a new concept model that Nissan said “embodies the future of Nissan Intelligent Mobility”.

The shadowy figure is mixed with images of scenes of greenery and modern city living. Autonomous driving also features, but it was comments by Nissan’s head of electric cars earlier in the year that lead us to believe that it will be a new SUV.

“We are clearly focusing our attention on a crossover EV because it’s our DNA,” Daniele Schillaci told Automotive News. “The crossover will really embody the latest Nissan Intelligent Mobility features.”

Okay, all very cool stuff, but enough of concepts – now, build it Nissan.

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