Its time to take a look at yet another fully-electric & autonomous concept which most of them will forget in no time. This time, the concept is from Nissan.
Its called ‘IMs’, and no, its not about instant messaging. The IMs is an all-electric sedan with full autonomous driving capability. Nissan’s signature V-motion design language is emphasized on the concept’s grille-less front fascia, in the form of headlamps. In autonomous mode, the headlamps and the holographic tail lamps perform animations in order to notify the pedestrians of its autonomous status.
The vehicle doesn’t have B-pillars and the rear doors are hinged at the rear. To emphasize its Japanese character, a traditional Japanese Asanoha geometric graphic pattern has been applied in gold over the concept’s smoked glass roof. The pattern is used throughout the vehicle, including on the wheels and inside the cabin.
The exterior is finished in a special “liquid metal” paint that is meant to suggest an imaginary mineral on the moon. The qualities of this color, is apparently inspired by the Japanese kimono. Rounding off the exterior looks are 22-inch wheels.
Dominating the rear space is that Premier Seat. It becomes “Premier” when the backrests of the outboard seats are folded, which then becomes a luxurious armrest on either side. The driver can simply relax in this seat when in autonomous mode.
The interiors have darker materials in contrast to the lighter, simpler exterior. Gold details are found throughout the interior, providing lighting in the same fashion as Japanese paper door screens provide light for the traditional Japanese tatami rooms.
All powertrain components have been tucked away underneath the cabin floor. Speaking of the powertrain, the IMs concept has dual electric motors (front and rear – AWD), generating 483 hp and 590 lb-ft (800 Nm) of torque. A 115 kWh battery pack provides an estimated range of 380 miles (612 km) on a single charge.
Thanks to an advanced air suspension that adapts to different driving situations, the IMs is claimed to offer a silky, smooth ride quality and flat cornering character.
“This bold Nissan IMs concept represents the birth of an entirely new segment of vehicle – an elevated, electrified sports sedan,” said Denis Le Vot, Senior Vice President, Chairman of Management Committee, Nissan North America. “It makes sense that the first automaker to bring the world a mass-market EV would bring you the future of the electric high-performance sports sedan.”