Nissan Unveils Crossover EV Concept with More Torque Than GT-R
October 24, 2017 @ 9:45 pm
TOKYO -- Nissan's edgy new IMx crossover concept delivers a vision of the carmaker's 2020 technology game plan while ticking all the boxes for what's hot and trending.
Utility vehicle packaging with four-wheel drive? Check. Zero emissions? Check. Autonomous driving, artificial intelligence and on-the-go connectivity? Check, check and check.
And, to boot, the all-electric crossover, unveiled Wednesday at the Tokyo Motor Show, might just accelerate faster than a Nissan GT-R.
The design looks futuristic, with its chiseled face and plethora of slits. But executives say it previews a host of technologies Nissan Motor Co. aims to bring to market starting around 2020.
Nissan's IMx answers the call with crossover styling and four-wheel, all-electric drive. It also foreshadows a new dedicated EV platform Nissan wants to debut around 2020.
The architecture underpinning the IMx will support EVs across numerous segments in a layout that delivers a flat vehicle floor with ample room for battery packs, said Toshiyuki Nakajima, manager of Nissan's advanced engineering division. The EV platform will be shared with alliance partners Renault and Mitsubishi Motors
, he added.
"It was decided to launch a common platform for EVs
," Nakajima said. "Different kinds of vehicles are going to be produced -- small-sized cars, hatchbacks, sedans, SUVs and large-sized vehicles. So, this platform is going to be used for producing these models.
The IMx is envisioned with two electric motors, one powering the front wheels, the other the back. Each motor delivers 160 kilowatts of power for combined torque of a whopping 700 newton-meters (516 pounds-feet) -- more lift-off than the GT-R, Nissan's crown jewel sports car.
"Huge torque is going to be generated with quick response," Nakajima said. "It is unprecedented performance."