Not that long ago, we talked about the Leaf-based electric SUV by Nissan. The one where we were first teased with just a dark silhouette, and was followed by another teaser where robots were molding it. And after all that, the actual car has finally been revealed as the Nissan IMx Concept. By looking at it for the very first time, you would probably agree that it has a bold appearance with many lines on its angular body, suicide doors, and the new V-motion grille. Though not everyone may be a fan of how it looks, it sure is something else.
When looking at the SUV from all angles, you would notice that both the front and the rear fenders look like they’re floating as they are designed to point upwards. That’s not only the new thing it features, the EV has got a massive panoramic glass roof that runs from the front to the rear, so it looks pretty amazing when viewed from above, and from inside too, as you get a full view of the sky. The exterior has been finished in a pearl white body predominantly, combined with a vermillion colour and contrasted with black roof and pillars.
Since the IMx is still a concept, the interior only gets a minimalist layout, with only four seats and no physical controls. There is an OLED display that acts like an instrument panel located right above a wood grain-pattered display that stretches onto the door panels. The seats feature a laser-etched katanagare diagonal pattern that is matched with kumiki (Japanese interlocking wood puzzle) motif on the headreasts that the IMx boasts, as Nissan used a 3D printer to design the seats’ frame.
The electric SUV is run by two electric motors that produce an output of 430 horsepower and 516 pound-feet (700 Newton-metres) of torque. It also rides on Nissan’s latest EV platform that has a completely flat floor. This makes the interior extra spacious, while also giving the car a low center of gravity. The electric motors work with a high-capacity battery pack with enough power to let the car reach over 373 miles (600 kilometers) between charges. Future owners of this model should not worry about losing power on long trips then.
Of course, the model features an advanced autonomous driving system that can do all the work. It features ProPILOT drive mode, in which the steering wheel hides in the dashboard when it drives on its own, while reclining the seats at the same time. On manual mode, it does the opposite so that it can be controlled by a human driver.
This may just be a concept, but we should expect to see the arrival of the Leaf-based electric SUV before the end of the decade.