Nissan IMQ Concept Doesn’t Plug In: e-POWER Confirmed For Europe

MAR 5 2019 BY MARK KANE 63

Nissan diversifies its approach to electrification

Nissan surprises us a little bit because the futuristic IMQ concept crossover unveiled in Geneva is not all-electric, as was the Nissan IMs.

The IMQ turns out to be a series-hybrid e-POWER, without the plug-in capability. The drive is electric with two motors (250 kW and 700 Nm total), although there is also a 1.5-liter turbocharged gasoline engine, which powers generator to provide electricity, as the battery is rather small.

Nissan e-POWER Powertrain

“At the heart of the IMQ is the next generation of e-POWER, a 100% electric motor drive system that delivers instant, linear acceleration. It has been further developed from the e-POWER technology currently available in the best-selling Nissan Note and Serena models in Japan. In the IMQ, it delivers a total output of 250 kilowatts and 700 Nm of torque.

This high output is channeled through a new multi-motor all-wheel-drive system, delivering precise and independent control of each wheel. The combination of e-POWER and AWD is ideal for low-grip conditions, such as the snowy alpine roads outside Geneva.”

Nissan announced that the first models with the e-POWER system will be launched in Europe by 2022 and that the sales of electrified cars in Europe will increase five-fold. It’s hard to say how big a share will fall on e-POWER hybrids (in Japan e-POWER is selling great), but in total, electrified car sales should then exceed 250,000 per year.

Nissan IMQ Concept specs:

  • e-POWER with 1.5-liter turbocharged gasoline engine and multi-motor AWD
  • Output: 250 kW and 700 Nm of torque
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Press release:

Nissan launches IMQ concept at 2019 Geneva Motor Show

Advanced design and all-wheel-drive e-POWER system signal next generation of crossovers

GENEVA, Switzerland – Nissan today unveiled the all-new IMQ concept vehicle, an advanced technology and design showcase that signals the direction of the next generation of crossovers.

Unveiled at the Geneva International Motor Show, the IMQ seamlessly blends Japanese heritage with state-of-the-art, human-centric technology. It incorporates the latest innovations that bring to life Nissan Intelligent Mobility, the brand’s vision for the future of automotive transportation. Its styling reflects Nissan’s role as a pioneer and leader in crossovers, with a striking look that pushes the boundaries of what a European crossover can be.

At the heart of the IMQ is the next generation of e-POWER, a 100% electric motor drive system that delivers instant, linear acceleration. It has been further developed from the e-POWER technology currently available in the best-selling Nissan Note and Serena models in Japan. In the IMQ, it delivers a total output of 250 kilowatts and 700 Nm of torque.

This high output is channeled through a new multi-motor all-wheel-drive system, delivering precise and independent control of each wheel. The combination of e-POWER and AWD is ideal for low-grip conditions, such as the snowy alpine roads outside Geneva.

The IMQ offers additional insights into Nissan’s technology vision. It’s equipped with an advanced prototype version of Nissan’s ProPILOT* driving assistance system which can offer enhanced autonomous driving capability. The model also features Nissan’s Invisible-to-Visible technology, unveiled in January 2019 at the CES trade show.

Exterior and interior design merge as one

The IMQ’s dimensions place it at the center of the European C-crossover segment. It demonstrates a clean and effortless design, with the exterior and interior merging as one. This is most striking in the lines of the greenhouse, designed to give the impression of a single continuous surface.

The IMQ marks a bold new direction in Nissan’s design language. It builds on the Nissan badge, integrated into the V-motion grille, which has been given a deliberately more subtle execution. The grille blends vertically into the hood and horizontally with the front bumper to create strong corners at the outer edges. The hood features striking chrome-edged cuts as the fender rises from the wheel arches and tucks under the central section.

At the rear, a vertical character line drops from the light cluster to separate air as it passes down the side, aiding aerodynamic performance. At its upper end, it’s integrated into a new slim line interpretation of Nissan’s “boomerang” lamp cluster. The single-piece tailgate tucks under the rear fenders, echoing the design of the hood.

Closer inspection reveals extensive use of three-dimensional ridges on the darkened lower sections of the exterior. These detailed layers – known as lamellas – are evocative of Japanese traditional design and extend all around the car.

The exterior is completed by 22-inch alloy wheels with bespoke Bridgestone Connect tires. These “smart” tires communicate information to the driver via the graphical user interface. Data transmitted includes tire load, pressure, temperature, grip level, wear and tire health. This helps the IMQ automatically calibrate its in-car control systems to work optimally.

The Japanese design themes, blended with contemporary technology, continue inside. The IMQ’s doors are hinged at their outer edges and open to reveal a futuristic, spacious interior, featuring four individual seats that rise seamlessly from the lamella-covered floor, which provides a visual link to the exterior.

Nissan’s familiar “gliding wing” instrument panel dominates the front of the cabin, with a center console emerging from beneath and stretching back between the front seats into the rear.

Each sculpted seat is finished in a two-tone 3D technical fabric, laser-cut in a geometric design inspired by Japanese kumiko woodwork. The pattern is replicated on the instrument panel, door trim and parcel shelf, as well as the rich metallic finish of the seat back. Lamellas have also been integrated into the door trim and seat back uppers as headrest supports.

Futuristic control for the ultimate drive

Everything about the IMQ’s interior is focused on the driver. This is demonstrated by the graphical user interface, dominated by an 840-millimeter screen embedded in the instrument panel. It’s completely black – like a smartphone – when powered down, but when powered up, it comes to life to provide e-POWER status and other vehicle information. Further use of the black lamellas is always visible behind the screen.

A smaller, secondary screen above the center console hosts the IMQ’s Virtual Personal Assistant. It enhances the driving experience by controlling vehicle functions, such as navigation, in response to input from the driver.

The steering wheel is ergonomically shaped to put the driver in a relaxed position and to maximize the visibility of the instrument panel. Advanced, “soft-touch” paddle shift-style functionality is built into the back of the wheel.

A technology showcase

The IMQ is equipped with Nissan’s Invisible-to-Visible (I2V) technology, a 3-D interface where the “real world” converges with the virtual world. Developed by Nissan, I2V helps vehicle occupants see what may otherwise be invisible, adding confidence and excitement to the driving experience.

The opportunity to “see the invisible” is made possible with Nissan’s Omni-Sensing technology which connects the IMQ to real-world sensing information inside and outside the vehicle’s cabin, combined with information from the virtual world, displayed before the driver and passenger for a rich mixed-reality experience.

The technology can help drivers see around corners, visualize precise information about traffic jams – including causes – and determine alternative routes for a stress-free journey. Drivers may even enjoy the company of a virtual passenger, in the form of a 3D augmented-reality avatar inside the car.

Nissan’s commitment to an autonomous future, as laid out in the Nissan Intelligent Mobility vision, is also reflected in the IMQ. The car is equipped with an advanced prototype ProPILOT driver assistance system, assisting drivers on urban streets and suburban highways. This is possible due to an array of advanced sensors, radars and cameras located throughout the car that can interpret road, traffic and information signals for a smooth and confident ride.

“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.”

Overall length4,558 mm
Height1,560 mm
Width1,940 mm
Tires22-inch custom Bridgestone Connect tires
Powertraine-POWER with 1.5-liter turbocharged gasoline engine and multi-motor AWD
Output250 kW and 700 Nm of torque

 

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63 Comments on "Nissan IMQ Concept Doesn’t Plug In: e-POWER Confirmed For Europe"

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(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

Well, if you want to greenwash a car, here ya go!

What a backwards ass’d step………lol

Yes. No plug, no sale.

Do Not Read Between The Lines

It’s not backwards. Essentially they’re saying that they’re going to expand e-Power to more vehicles and outside Japan.

The e-Power system is (currently) a series hybrid system. It simplifies the transmission and has the ICE operating as a generator.

It’d be relatively easy to make PHEV or BEV variants. The only thing that changes is the electrical power and energy sources.

Nissan appears to have forgotten how to make an EV. First they forgot that air cooled batteries do not work well (so bigger battery is still air cooled), Now Nissan appears to hav forgotten how to make a car without a gas motor. Very disappointing Nissan!

Isn’t this an urban legend? Maybe true for the 2011/12 models but completely resolved with their new battery chemistry. I have never seen any supporting documentation. However I often see owners posting LEAFspy SOH data showing <3% yearly degradation. I still have 12 bars at 3 1/2 years and 106,000 km

Approximately 3% annual battery degradation ( 24 & 30 kWh), during the first 3-5 years while driving 12k /annual mi., is typical on Leafs made in the 03/2013 – 2017 MY.

“….completely resolved with their new battery chemistry.”

Of course it’s not completely resolved. IMHO just putting a forced-air cooling system into the newer Leafs won’t even mostly, let alone completely, resolve the problems with premature aging and the inability to do multiple fast charge sessions in a single day.

From the very first, Nissan has either been denying the reality of their inferior battery packs, or claiming that a new chemistry would completely resolve the problem. It certainly hasn’t, as “Rapidgate” very clearly shows.

Perhaps someday we’ll have EV batteries which don’t overheat when they are DC fast charged, or subjected to repeated rapid acceleration, or subjected to being fed power from long regen sessions (such as coming down a mountain). But until that day, BEVs will need liquid cooling systems… which Nissan stubbornly refuses to put into their BEVs.

Ignoring a problem isn’t the same as solving a problem.

Engines need liquid cooled too it’s called a radiator

I appreciate your views on this, but Rapidgate fizzled out after a few hysterical articles and Youtube videos. There just isn’t any evidence that this is a problem for owners. Same for supposed battery degradation. I don’t even see much anecdotal evidence here or on other EV sites.

I kind of get it, even if I disagree with it.

The most expensive component to an EV is the battery pack. Nissan already has a large amount of expertise making internal combustion engines. This allows them to still use an ICE, minimize the cost of the battery pack, and still give individual wheel torque vectoring and near-instant acceleration.

The downside? It’s still no better in terms of emissions. And it still is lugging around an internal combustion engine. Also, it doesn’t benefit from the lower running costs of plugging in.

Technically it is better in terms of emissions and fuel efficiency, but no where near as good as a pure electric. Because the internal combustion engine runs only to charge the battery, it runs at a constant rate and the load on the engine doesn’t change. The Nissan Note e-power in Japan reports 50% reduction in fuel use. It’s not the EV we are all hoping for but it is better then a combustion engine only car.

actually it was higher than 50%, it was 60%. But real world drive is about 40% to 50%, as many report 70 MPG and 80 MPG.

Seems Nissan has been sipping the “plugless hybrid” juice that Toyota has been drinking. egad.

Now that Ghosn is out look for more backtracking by Nissan.

I’m waiting for Nissan to announce a natural gas powered fuel cell car.

it coming but more for large SUV and trucks. It more will be power from several different fuel source like ethanol.

Do Not Read Between The Lines

The Note (2016) and Serena (2018) e-Power-based hybrids were released under Ghosn.
Ever since the very successful release of the Note hybrid, people have been wondering if the hybrid system would be used elsewhere. (Serena had an 18% increase in sales in 2018 as well, no doubt because of the hybrid). The answer is now yes, and, moreover, they plan to increase the power of the system.

As much as we want to see more BEVs sold, battery prices aren’t expected to reach $100/kWh until 2024/2025, and then it’d take time for that to have an impact on the market. In the meantime, Nissan will be scaling up motor manufacturing faster than they’d otherwise do, and able to focus more R&D on electrification, rather than dumping money into conventional transmissions and ICEs.

well, scratch Nissan off my list for my next EV in 3 years. I like my 2017 Leaf a lot, and I might consider a Leaf+ if the prices are a lot under Tesla or Kia, AND if there are adequate 100KW Chademo chargers. That being said, I’m guessing the Model Y will be the top of my list by that point.

The are making both EV and hybrid cars, what so difficult to understand

Two thoughts. If you put gas in it, it’s not an electric car. Just because it’s ugly doesn’t make it electric either.

Agreed. No plug, then it’s not electric.

Then what is power the motor, gas?

Drop that front end a bit and it would make a great snow plow!

Complete Face Plant Nissan…

Carlos Ghosn gets hostage justice and Nissan’s current idiot CEO shows his lousy leadership skills. No longer a powerhouse.

Boycott Nissan ‼️

Boycott Japan ‼️

Ghosn was granted bail earlier today.

They are appealing it, so not so fast.

Great News…

I guess they lost their appeal.

Will hopefully be out ust before his 65th Birthday!

I pretty sure this IMQ Concept was developed and approved while Ghosn was Nissan CEO, before getting caught with his hand in the cookie jar.

You mean, before Nissan accused Ghosn of having his hand in the cookie jar, based on what appears, in reports I’ve seen, to be some pretty questionable evidence. Did Ghosn actually commit some sort of financial malfeasance, or did the rest of Nissan’s Board just use accusations of that as a political move to oust him?

Japan. If it’s not a Japanese in control they will throw you out

Now Japan can release Carlos

Not only that, any serious foreign business people will now avoid Japan big time.

I personally will Boycott all Japanese products moving forward.

yeaa sure ..except nobody can compete with engineering from japan. brands like toyota and honda haver never let me down. my nx 2000 nissan i owned was ahead of its time and lasted 14 years. its hard to justify the cost of maintenance of german or even american who in my experience have let me down repeatedly. you want it lo last a decade or two? go JAPAN! school the world!

Do Not Read Between The Lines

He was granted bail today

They are appealing it, so not so fast.

Great News…

I guess they lost their appeal.

Will hopefully be out ust before his 65th Birthday!

Now I am “shure” that its incarceration was a political decision. He was incarcerated, so Nissan could do all this crap public.

With all the endless concepts rolling out, we’re getting a pretty good feel for what AIN’T getting produced- this Nissan is one of ’em.

What a FUGLY waste of space. Nissan has gone backwards a very long way.

More disappointment from Nissan ! 🙁

N155AN

Innovation that disappoints.

“Innovation that EXITS”

DOA. No Plug. No Sale.

They’ve lost their way.

No Leaf’s in stock… Nothing.

VW group is going clean Nissan’s clock.

Wow! So many concepts in there! Here they even rushed out without door handles 🙂

Audi’s Q4 E tron has no handles either.

Must be a new trend.

Must be the “lock in” strategy to keep customers attached to the brand…

I see it as a lock out…

Is Nissan EVER going to make another ev other than the leaf and the env200 which isn’t available in the americas? I mean cmon it’s been almost ten years since the leaf where are the full lineup of EV’s?!

is it me or you, because they said clear by 2022, but I sure it not me because we still in 2019.

Kinda reminds Toyota CH-R…

Bahahahahaaaaaaa. 2022 and the best they’ve got is a non plugin hybrid.

or is it you that you forget the IM EV concept

No plug = FAIL.

These guys are not very capable as engineers and designers. BMW already designed a serial plug-in hybrid, the i3. The main points these guys are completely incapable to figure out are: the capability to charge on external power, the plug, and it is not some lame chademo… second, the role of the engine producing electricity on board is decreasing, BMW scaled down on the REx, and third, the battery capacity is increasing for the same weight and size, BMW already did several retrofits. So, this e-power IMQ is worthless and in Europe at this point it is a joke.

BMW REX is true serial hybrid, which when battery deplete uses gas engine power the wheels. Nissan E–power operate both like a series and parallel hybrid, as there is no solo use of engine or battery power, no engine tie to wheels. The engine does not run continuous like BMW, it only there to charge battery, over all it turn out to be more efficient at 80 MPG realworld, beat the japan ratings. The overall efficiency of the BMW does not even come close. And if you still believe your comment is true, then take a look at the plug-in E-Tech from the alliance, coming in 2020 for renault megane, which was help develop by nissan.

By the time this thing comes to market new petrol cars will probably be band in the markets that could afford to buy it!

Do Not Read Between The Lines

No, they won’t.
To ban ICEVs you have to have 100% access to home/ultra-fast charging, full and dense charging coverage, and the vehicles affordable enough to cover the entire market.
That’s not going to happen by 2030, let alone 2022.

DESIGN IS MASCULINE, POWERFUL AND SEXY. Very well executed design style, a seller for sure, seems out of a science fiction serie… i personally don’t like some things in the front, but really minimal dislikes.

Do you think they had to get rid of Carlos before they were able to release that pile of cr*p?

If you do not know nothing better to keep quiet. Nissan made hybrid (tino two motor hybrid) and EV (altra) from 1999, first hybrid was tino hybrid and they only sold 1000, because of Ghosn. It was the same Ghosn who stop them from continue producing. it also the same Ghosn who turn to EV in 2010 because he had no option as emission targets was getting higher and the same Ghosn who was there when they develop the e-power. The point is, nissan was high thinking about the environment before Ghosn, it was Ghosn who made nissan turn to making pure diesel and gasoline engines, and side step hybrid, if Ghosn had made nissan continue selling tino hybrid, from 2000, nissan would be far more advance in EV.

Juke, is it you?

Has a gas tank = NOT AN EV. The vehicle RUNS ON GAS. NO GAS, NO GO.