Nissan has unveiled at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show a new concept vehicle which design and advance technology provides a glimpse of what customers can expected from Nissan’s next generation of crossovers. This new showcar – the all-new new Nissan IMQ concept vehicle – could be considered as an amalgamation of Japanese heritage with modern human-centric technology.
Design to cater to the European market, the new Nissan IMQ concept boasts of electrified propulsion, although the car itself isn't an electric vehicle. It features the next generation of e-POWER, which a 100-percent electric motor drive system allows for instant, linear acceleration. This system – designed to deliver 250 kW of max output and 700 Nm of peak torque -- is an evolution of the e-POWER technology found in the Nissan Note and Serena models in Japan. The new system directs output via a new multi-motor all-wheel-drive system. By combining e-POWER and AWD, the IMQ concept could excel even in low-grip conditions.
Aside from the next generation of the e-POWER, the new IMQ comes fitted an advanced prototype version of Nissan's ProPILOT driving assistance system and the carmaker’s Invisible-to-Visible technology that was revealed at the CES 2019. This new Invisible-to-Visible (I2V) technology allows drivers see around corners, as well as visualize information about traffic jams and determine optional routes.
Moreover, the new Nissan IMQ signals a new design direction for the carmaker. It front end is marked by a V-motion grille with an integrated Nissan badge, blending into the bonnet and into the front bumper. Meanwhile, the rear end of the IMQ concept vehicle is marked by a vertical character line dropping from Nissan's "boomerang" lamp cluster.
Interestingly, the new Nissan IMQ rides on 22-inch alloy wheels shod with bespoke Bridgestone Connect smart tires that can transmit information – such as tire load, pressure, grip level, wear, temperature, and tire health -- to the driver through a graphical user interface.
Inside, the new Nissan IMQ concept vehicle is a spacious interior with four individual seats as well as a "gliding wing" instrument panel on the front cabin. Each seat is finished in a two-tone 3D technical fabric, featuring a geometric design taking inspiration from Japanese kumiko woodwork. The instrument panel comes with an embedded 840-mm screen while a smaller, secondary screen can be found just above the center console.
The driver is treated to an ergonomically shaped steering wheel that also allows him or her to view the instrument panel in the most optimal manner. Built into the back of the steering wheel is a "soft-touch" paddle shift-style functionality.