The advanced electric SUV will go mainstream.
Powertrain electrification and crossovers are two of the hottest trends at the moment and Nissan has combined the two into its IMq Concept to great effect. While it certainly isn't the only electric crossover at Geneva it sure looks like one of the most futuristic and underneath that cool-looking exterior real thought has gone into the powertrain tech too.
We are likely to see a number of features displayed in the IMq concept making their way into future Nissan products as the brand moves to electrifying its range in the coming years.
At first glance, the IMq Concept may not have much in common with any current Nissan on the road, visually speaking, but from certain angles, it could pass for a futuristic-looking Rogue Sport and the e-Power powertrain it uses is actually a development of the unit already used in the Note and Serena on the Japanese market.
In this application, it comprises of two electric motors which power the wheels and a 1.5-liter turbocharged gasoline engine that helps keep the battery pack charged. The electric motors send 335 horsepower and 516 lb ft of torque to all four wheels, and in the case of the IMq those wheels are shod with 22-inch custom Bridgestone Connect tires that transmit data such as tire load, pressure, temperature, grip level, wear and tire health to a graphical user interface.
The IMq is packed with hi-tech systems like Nissan's Invisible-to-Visible (I2V) technology, a 3-D interface where the "real world" converges with the virtual world. There is also an advanced prototype ProPILOT driver assistance system while design-wise, the IMq is packed with innovative ideas too. The doors are hinged at the outer edges of the frame to reveal an interior that could have been used on the set of Blade Runner: the four individual seats, center console and dashboard seem to float in place.
"The IMQ's design combines traditional and modern Japanese influences and shows what's possible when future crossovers are powered by Nissan Intelligent Mobility," said Alfonso Albaisa, senior vice president for design at Nissan. "With the IMQ, the interior and exterior are seamlessly blended together, signalling what our design direction may be for Nissan's third generation of crossovers in Europe." We hope that some of this design direction makes it into US-bound Nissan's too, the IMq is really a stunning piece of kit.