Production sounding like a near-certainty, and perhaps the first AWD BEV in the mass-market segment, and perhaps on the market well before the Jaguar/Audi/Mercedes price-competitive Tesla Y.
https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/new- ... mainstream
Nissan Leaf SUV will be 'breakthrough model' that cracks the mainstream
Design Europe boss Mamoru Aoki told Autocar that the SUV will stay true to the striking IMx concept
...The IMx concept made its debut at the Tokyo show last October, promising a 380-mile range on a single charge and a dual-motor, four-wheel-drive powertrain with a proposed 429bhp and 516lb ft of torque. Nissan also says the next generation of its autonomous ProPilot technology will be featured on the IMx.
“The IMx is not just a concept car. In a few years, it will appear [in production],” Aoki said, hinting that it could do for Nissan what the first Qashqai crossover managed when it was launched in 2007.
His enthusiasm for the IMx is not just because it will enter a booming sector – crossover sales could account for 34% of the European market by 2020, according to some analysts – but because the taller package takes best advantage of Nissan’s EV platform.
Aoki said: “The interior is notably bigger than with a conventional vehicle and there’s much more usable space, thanks to the totally flat floor allowed by the [underfloor] battery pack. The dashboard is also pushed right back [towards the windscreen] because the HVAC [heating, ventilation and air-con] unit is under the bonnet.”...
Aoki told Autocar that the exterior of the IMx is a clear indication of Nissan’s next-generation design language and the intention is to be closer to the company’s Japanese roots...
Update shown at geneva.
Most interesting details are the hints of the next gen pack, which from the images and "600 km" range seem to depart from the first generation Nissan pack's 24 to 60 kWh designs.
https://newsroom.nissan-global.com/rele ... motor-show
Nissan IMx KURO concept vehicle debuts at Geneva Motor Show
Zero-emission crossover now features new look and Brain-to-Vehicle technology
GENEVA – The Nissan IMx KURO was unveiled today at the Geneva International Motor Show, marking the European debut of the IMx electric crossover concept vehicle.
Kuro, which means black in Japanese, comes to life on the IMx, which was first revealed at the Tokyo Motor Show in October 2017, with new look black trim and wheels, an updated grille and a new dark gray body color....
The Nissan IMx KURO provides a glimpse into the future of Nissan Intelligent Mobility, the company's vision for changing how cars are powered, driven and integrated into society. The innovative concept vehicle is designed to strengthen the link between car and driver as a close, reliable partner that delivers a safer, more convenient and more exciting drive.
Upgrades to the Nissan IMx KURO also include the integration of Nissan's pioneering Brain-to-Vehicle (B2V) technology. B2V interprets signals from the driver's brain to assist with driving and to help the vehicle's autonomous and manual systems learn from the driver.
The Nissan IMx KURO zero-emission concept vehicle adopts Nissan's new electric vehicle platform, designed for maximum efficiency. 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 delivers sharp handling that promises to redefine the crossover segment.
The powerful, yet quiet powertrain delivers enhanced excitement. The IMx KURO 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 of power and an astounding 700 Nm of torque – more than the Nissan GT-R supercar - sourced from a high-capacity battery that's been redesigned and re-engineered for increased energy density. This new battery supports a driving range of more than 600 kilometers on a single charge, so occupants can enjoy an extended adventure without worrying about recharging....
Photo gallery here:https://www.carscoops.com/2018/03/nissa ... pt-geneva/