Nissan IMx Electric CUV Debuts With *373-Mile Range

4 months ago by Adrian Padeanu 49

The Nissan IMx is an all-electric crossover concept vehicle offering fully autonomous operation and a driving range of more than 600 kilometers.

The two electric motors push out a combined 430 horsepower and a beefy 516 lb-ft of torque.

The rumored Leaf-based electric SUV is finally here as Nissan has unveiled the IMx concept today on the dawn of the Tokyo Motor Show. Fan or not of the exterior design, there’s no denying the zero-emissions showcar has a bold appearance with suicide doors and an angular body featuring a fresh take on the corporate V-motion grille.

The floating front and rear fenders lend the concept a rather unique appearance and it also looks quite interesting when viewed from above thanks to a massive panoramic glass roof stretching from the front to back. The concept’s predominantly pearl white body is combined with a vermillion accent color and contrasted by the black pillars and roof.

Nissan IMx

Inside, it’s typical concept business as the four-seat IMx adopts a minimalist layout without any physical controls. An expansive OLED display serves as the instrument panel and sits above a wood grain-patterned display that extends onto the door panels. Nissan says it has used a 3D printer for the frame of the seats, which boast a laser-etched katanagare diagonal pattern and have a kumiki (Japanese interlocking wood puzzle) motif on the headrests.

As for power, the electric SUV is equipped with two electric motors that generate a combined output of 430 horsepower and a beefy 516 pound-feet (700 Newton-meters) of torque. Riding on Nissan’s latest EV platform, the IMx has a completely flat floor to enable a spacious interior and a low center of gravity that should help out with the handling.

The unspecified high-capacity battery pack has enough juice for a maximum range of more than 373 miles (600 kilometers)* between charges, so range anxiety shouldn’t be much of an issue considering an average gasoline-powered vehicle can cover roughly the same distance.

Editor’s Note: A word on the stated range.  As this debut is from Japan, this number is based on the JC08 standard…in other words its far too optimistic.  As a point of reference the new 2018 LEAF is rated at 400 km/248 miles on the same system, but in reality is rated for 150 miles/240 km.

In other words, this concept is likely powered by Nissan’s upcoming ~60 kWh battery, and has a real world range of some 225 miles/360 km…still pretty decent!

Nissan IMx

Much like other concept cars, the IMx features a highly advanced autonomous driving system that will handle all the work. When in ProPILOT drive mode, the steering wheel automatically hides inside the dashboard and the seats are all reclined to boost comfort while the SUV drives itself. Switch to manual mode and the steering wheels pops up and the seats revert to their original position.

While the IMx is billed purely a concept (much like the IDS Concept was to the updated 2018 LEAF), an all-electric SUV will be arriving from Nissan by 2019.   We imagine, if one deletes all the bells and whistles (like everything found in the interior and the funky doors), this is the basic shape and blueprint for that offering.

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49 responses to "Nissan IMx Electric CUV Debuts With *373-Mile Range"

  1. David S. says:

    I was hoping for something closer to a production vehicle.

    600 km on the Japanese testing cycle (JC08) is about 225 miles on the EPA testing cycle. Same range we expect for the 2019 60 kWh LEAF.

    1. Murrysville EV says:

      So was I.

      In this market craze of CUVs, I don’t understand why the only electric SUV/CUV available today is the Model X. (I don’t count the RAV4 EV). I guess the I-Pace is on its way.

      And you’re probably right about the EPA range. Unfortunately, this thing will cost at least $50k+ just as the Federal subsidy will expire for Nissan.

      Why can’t someone produce a lightweight 200-HP electric CUV, instead of these 430-HP monsters? [A: Because the motors are cheap after you’ve already produced a heavy 60 kWH vehicle.]

      1. fotomoto says:

        Toyota’s RAV4 hybrid is outsold the Prius last month.

        1. FiSh says:

          He’s talking abour RAV4 EV not Hybrid, a very rare species.

      2. Mr. M says:

        If you make it lightweight it will cost even more. If you reduce motor power by a factor of two you maybe save around 500$. I don’t know if that’s worth it.

    2. leafowner says:

      with the size of that concept and the large motors….they will be lucky to get 175-200 miles of range with a 60 kWh battery.

  2. Hmmmm….”Nissan IMx”, does that name pronounce “Eye Em Ex”, or is it “El Em Ex”?

    If it is Eye Em Ex, is it a play on words: “Intelligent Model X”? Or if it is El Em Ex, is it another play – “Little Model X”?

    After that, since It is a “four-seat IMx”, it seems, “Little Model X” is closer to the mark, and might be Smaller than Tesla’s Model Y, expected to be at least 5 seats!

    Next, can it Tow, and what will its Tow Rating be? Inquiring Minds ‘Just Got Ta Know!’

    1. Nick says:

      It’s a concept, I’m sure it can tow. 😀

    2. mx says:

      LOL. It’s “I’m Next”.

    3. David S. says:

      My guess:
      I intelligent
      M mobility
      x crossover

    4. Kdawg says:

      Their next EV concept will be the Rx. It’s a prescription for gasoline addiction.

      1. mx says:

        IF it’s the BMW REX solution, than bring it on, cause it’s only on .1% of the time. And for rural drivers, it’s really the only option.

  3. Mikael says:

    A lousy concept? Is this the vehicle you were talking about? Where is the production vehicle?

    This is as s***** as the rest of the companies not interested in EVs.

    Or is there a production vehicle going into production within 6-12 months being revealed too?

    Nissan, the new master of delays and vapor-ware.

    1. Mr. M says:

      Nissan Leaf on timeline, one new concept and you call them the masters of concepts and anouncements…? Be real man, be real.

  4. F150 Brian says:

    That thing is hideous,
    Thank god Nissan has one of the worst concept-to-product transition records.

    Thus, I can still keep the hope alive to one day park the production version in my driveway.

    1. mx says:

      They’re going to shovel in the Bucks$.

      Ugly Sells in the U$A.

      1. Brian McGranahan says:

        Then why are Prius numbers in the tank?

        1. ItsNotAboutTheMoney says:

          Because the RAV4 hybrid has AWD?

          1. ItsNotAboutTheMoney says:

            Also the Highlander Hybrid, sales of which are also up.

    2. mx says:

      Actually quite good angles and lines. Only, 1000% better looking than most SUVs.

    3. Sladjo says:

      Well, in Europe Nissan’s compact SUV (as the propossed IMx), called ‘Qashqai’ is selling very well, and – IMHO – looks very good. If the “series” IMx will be similar, it will also sell in large numbers.

  5. Someone out there says:

    It’s almost as ugly as the Mirai! No thanks!
    Why is everybody doing these hideous “Predator” style fronts now?

    1. AlanSqB says:

      Agreed. Especially compared to that Z-esque concept Honda just released. That thing is hot.

    2. floydboy says:

      Because it wants to as good a science fiction feature as ‘PREDATOR’ was.

    3. Tom says:

      I was going to say looks like they hired some Toyota design people….who ultimately are ex Aztek designers.

    4. WadeTyhon says:

      Totally agree. Although it is mostly the japanese automakers. I have to really try hard to find a Toyota or Lexus design that I don’t think is completely idiotic looking.

      Lexus in particular. They all look like they’re seriously pissed and about to devour you.

      1. leafowner says:

        I agree Wade – Lexus has gone off the deep end on their designs. Nothing says “not green” like a monstrous front grille.

        In the era of front grilles disappearing, they have gone “huge”

  6. floydboy says:

    It’s conceptually concepty!

  7. Brian says:

    I could see an electric version of a Rogue-sized AWD EV replacing my CMax Energi one day. Lucky for me, the CMax should last another decade. Because that’s how long I may have to wait.

    1. Bill Howland says:


      And you and clarkson complain I buy too many electrics.

      1. Brian says:

        You should know by now that I hope to only buy electrics from here on out. The question is how often. My wife and I each have a car, and I’m talking about replacing her PHEV with a full-electric. Notice that I mentioned that I hope it’s a full decade from now!

  8. WARREN says:

    I would take this over most current offerings. Like the HP. Dual motor Nismo LEAF anyone??

    1. Michael Roberts says:

      It looks like the NISMO leaf will use one of these motors, so 160kW (213 bhp)

  9. Pat75014 says:

    Can’t they say the precise size of their battery ? Instead of playing arrounf with Kilometers and Miles of Range that we all know are meaningless ?

  10. David Murray says:

    Uhhhh.. All my excitement for this vehicle just went out the window. I was hoping it was something nearly production ready. Not this fantasy that will never see the light of day.

    1. Murrysville EV says:

      Me, too. Just the other day I was wondering if I should hold off on my next EV purchase because of this. Forget it.

  11. wavelet says:

    Concept, and given the styling and lack of details like kWh, clearly not close ot any eventual production vehicle.
    Move along, nothing to see here.

  12. Brian McGranahan says:

    Is anyone else tired of the futuristic concept vehicles that everyone knows will never go into production?

    It’s like those old 1950’s cartoons of the Home of Tomorrow.

  13. MJC says:

    What the hell are these people thinking? This car is fugly as uck. What kind of person would actually think this is a good idea?

    1. says:

      Same kind that are driving Leaf1 or Juke. Nissan has a few head-scratchers.

      1. L'amata says:

        Yes ! out of NO CHOICE of their own Maybe??,,Once & If they get the “UGLY” Out it shouldn’t be too FUGLY /…Who are these Einstien designers? How in the hell do they qualify for this kind of work!

        1. MIkeM says:

          At last! The new normal is revealed.

          Yakuza styling at it’s best.

  14. Lou Grinzo says:

    [raises hands slowly from keyboard, stands up, sprints from room]

  15. Derek says:

    I can honestly say the teaser outline photo looked a lot better.

  16. Tim Miser says:

    “Finally here” and “concept” in the same sentence? Hmmmm……

  17. Don Zenga says:

    300 mile range is excellent and I am sure the Taxis and others who drive a lot will jump in and buy. Design is fantastic and I guess they borrowed some from the Mitsu e-Evolution. Go forward Nissan.

    Any specs on dimensions.

  18. john Doe says:

    I thought this was based on the same platform as the latest LEAF.

    If that is the case, I think it will look more normal when it is due for production.
    They have to think about cost, and ease of production. The doors will not work on the current LEAF platform, so they will be normal.

    I’m sure it will be more powerfull then the current LEAF, but how much more.. at least not like the prototype. Even though many would love the power (just like people are impressed with the Tesla acceleration).

    I would have thought that they would rush to get this into volume production due to the demand for a CUV.

    Strange it’s not a more ready for production prototype they are showing.
    Unless this is going to be based on a new LEAF platform.

  19. Martin T. says:

    Nissan needs to Hire some designers from Mazda, even for a prototype that is far fetched.

  20. Hauer says:

    Misleading headline.

    „Concept“ should have been in it.

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