Up until now, the Nissan Leaf was the only electric car from Nissan. However, that will change in 2020 as there will be a new addition to the range, the new zero emission crossover. This new zero emission crossover SUV is based on the IMx concept car and it has four doors. Moreover, it comes larger in size and battery range than the Leaf hatchback.
According to Nissan’s global head of marketing, Roel de Vries, the IMx concept will be very real and there will be plenty more electric vehicles soon. As the production IMx will be a global vehicle, it is expected to hit UK sales in late 2020.
Due to the larger size, the vehicle features a battery pack larger than in the 62kWh Leaf e+. Nissan predicted a 373-mile (600km) range in the IMx concept. This is quite similar to the Ford Mach-E, which is yet another crossover SUV to be released in 2020. However, the design of the Ford Mach-E was inspired by the iconic Mustang muscle car.
The 2020 Nissan IMx is actually a visualization of the plan to push electrification and autonomy and will represent the ‘three brand pillars’, which are a representation of the Nissan Intelligent Mobility. Hence, the company will massively expand its EV range.
In fact, the Japanese multinational automobile manufacturer claims that the EV range will develop more than 400bhp and have a range of approaching 400 miles. The C- to D-segment SUV will be almost 4.7m long. It’s also important to note that the EV strategy of the company will be completely different than the ICE model line-up.
Moreover, the IMx concept will be powered by an upgraded high-power battery that runs a pair of electric motors, mounted on each axle.
The interior of the vehicle comes with plenty of technology. Thus, it features a 180-degree OLED screen that replaces the traditional dashboard and a steering wheel that folds away when you select the autonomous drive. Moreover, it comes with driverless autonomy thanks to the upgraded version of the Propilot system.
This vehicle is considered to be the most significant reveal at the 2017 Tokyo motor show. Nissan has invested a huge amount of money in its EV program and it plans on having a family of 12 EVs on sale by 2022. All the vehicle will be based on an all-new flexible platform.