Autonomous, all-electric Nissan IMx concept revealed

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At its core, the IMx is a rolling showcase for both the next-generation of Nissan's electric platforms and its forthcoming autonomous driving system, ProPILOT.

The IMx has two electric motors mounted front and rear, giving the auto all-wheel drive (AWD) capability. This time, the teaser video provides a much clearer picture of the electric SUV.

The Tokyo Motor Show is opening its doors this week, which means all those mysterious concept cars automakers have been teasing over the last few weeks will finally be revealed in full. Combined system outputs are a very healthy 320kW of power and 700Nm of torque, powered by a new battery array with more energy density than current Nissan units.

Nissan has pulled the covers off its IMx concept, which hints at a crossover SUV with fully autonomous driving capabilities and an electric range of 373 miles.

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With ProPilot switched on, the concept's steering wheel actually folds away and, amusingly, reclines all of the seats so the passengers can stare out of the full-length sunroof. When the driver needs to take over, no problem-the steering wheel emerges and all seats return to their original positions. At a pre-show seminar at its Advanced Technology Center in Kanagawa, company officials told me that by 2022, 70% of Nissan EVs will be built on this scalable new architecture. It's also the year that Renault-Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn referenced in mid-September when he announced Alliance 2022, an ambitious six-year plan calling not just for a dozen new EV models, but also new vehicle connectivity and mobility services, and the launch of a "robo-vehicle ride-hailing service". We'll just have to wait and see if it looks like the IMx.

As for the interior, it's been modelled of a traditional Japanese house...

"Artificial intelligence enables the driver to control the instrument panel with eye movements and hand gestures".

"The katanagare diagonal pattern on the seats has been delicately etched with a laser cutter". "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".

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