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Nissan unveils IMx all-electric crossover concept at Tokyo

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Nissan has unveiled the IMx – an all-electric crossover concept at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show. The concept has fully autonomous capability and a driving range of more than 600 km.

At the core of the IMx’s technological features is a future version of ProPILOT that offers fully autonomous operation. When ProPILOT drive mode is selected, the system stows the steering wheel inside the dashboard and reclines all seats, giving the driver more space and allowing the vehicle’s occupants to relax and enjoy their commute. When Manual mode is selected, the vehicle returns the steering wheel and seats to their original position, transferring control back to the driver.

The IMx concept sits on Nissan’s new EV platform, designed for maximum efficiency, said the company. It allows the floor to be completely flat, resulting in a cavernous cabin and enhanced driving dynamics. With a low center of gravity, the chassis is claimed to deliver a sharp handling.

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The IMx is propelled by a pair of high-output electric motors at the front and rear, giving it all-wheel-drive capability. They combine to produce 320 kW (429 hp) of power and 700 Nm of torque. The neatly designed battery pack supports a driving range of more than 600 km on a single charge.

Talking a bit more about the autonomous, Nissan said that the IMx can also contribute to the social infrastructure like no other vehicle before it. For example, after transporting its owner to the airport, the IMx can park itself in a spot where the vehicle can connect to the local power grid and act as a “virtual” power plant by returning electricity to the grid, an extension of its vehicle-to-home and vehicle-to-building features. Once the owner returns, the IMx can pick them up at the terminal and drive home.

On the inside, there is a panoramic OLED instrument panel that displays a view of the external environment in the background. A separate, wood grain-patterned display, positioned below the instrument panel and wrapping around the interior door trims, gives occupants a subtle sense of the outside, similar to a shoji, a traditional Japanese paper screen, said Nissan.

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

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