Unveiled a few days after CES at the 2019 North American International Auto Show, Nissan has unveiled its IMs concept. The Japanese automaker calls it an “elevated sports sedan that takes advantage of the packaging, platform and powertrain technology developed through Nissan Intelligent Mobility.”
The concept is a pure electric-vehicle, with a standard layout that sees the battery located under the body, elevating cabin height. The vehicle sports an extended wheelbase, with a “unique 2+1+2” seating layout with pivoting front and rear seats which allows a more spacious feel within the cabin. According to Nissan, the “premier seat” in the middle of the concept is “worthy of world-class executive travel,” which will mostly be used when the vehicle is in autonomous mode.
“Advances in electric vehicle technology and autonomous driving have allowed our designers to break free of the platform and packaging rules that constrain traditional passenger vehicles, to create a completely new type of car,” said Alfonso Albaisa, Senior Vice President for Design at Nissan. “The IMs explores the limits of sedan design with an approach that elevates the category in both look and functionality.”
Unsurprisingly, the IMs boasts innovative electric and autonomous technology, which has been developed through Nissan Intelligent Mobility and features hands-free self-driving capabilities and exciting, high-performance manual driving thanks to an advanced battery. With this kind of technology, it may seem strange that Nissan decided to hold back on showing off the IMs at CES last week. However, it shows just how much investment, research and development is going into pushing the boundaries within the mobility industry.
Take a look at the official video below.