Could one of these names be for an all-electric sports car concept?
Last year at the Tokyo Motor Show, Nissan revealed its all-electric IMX crossover concept, followed by the IMX Kuro at Geneva, rumored to preview a future production version. Last we heard it'll debut in either 2020 or 2021 and will ride on the same platform underpinning the second-generation Leaf. However, it likely won't receive a nature-focused name like the Leaf. According to AutoGuide, Nissan has filed trademark applications with the European Intellectual Property Office for 'IMQ' and 'IMS'.
Both applications were filed earlier this month for intended use on future vehicles. Could these be names for future concept vehicles? Production cars? Too soon to tell. We also should not rule out the possibility the 'IMX' nameplate could also be used for the production version.
But why use the 'IM' moniker in the first place? Because it stands for 'Intelligent Mobility'. The IMX is an all-wheel drive electric crossover, so adding 'X' to end made sense. Could 'S' in 'IMS' stand for 'Sport'? It's possible. What about 'Q'? Who knows? What we do know is that Nissan and/or its luxury Infiniti brand have concept debuts scheduled for Detroit and Geneva, so answers could arrive as soon as next month. The IMX concept certainly sounds good, performance wise, on paper.
It's powered by two electric motors for a combined output of 429 hp and 517 lb-ft of torque. A lithium-ion battery pack provides the motors' necessary juice. Nissan also claimed the concept can travel up to 372 miles on a single charge. Will these figures transfer over to the production version? We'll find out by 2021.
What other body styles could Nissan have planned with these latest trademark filings? Honestly, we'd love to see an electric sports car, potentially with the 'IMS' name. Nissan also just so happens to be overdue to launch a new sports car. The 370Z has been around since 2009 while the GT-R has hung around since 2007. More than likely, however, that production-spec IMX will arrive first.