Production Nissan IMx Electric Crossover Likely To Get Dedicated Platform


Nissan IMx

Electric crossover is said to use “bespoke” architecture.

The Nissan IMx Concept from last year’s Tokyo Motor Show previews a new electric crossover that’s expected to come to market in the coming years. But while earlier reports said the production IMx will be based on the LEAF EV, as it turns out, that might not be the case.

Speaking at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Daniele Schillaci, Nissan’s executive vice president for global marketing and sales, says the new electric crossover will ride on a “bespoke platform.” The IMx Concept will be on display this week at CES, and indeed, it previews a production model.

Nissan IMx

That said, “bespoke” doesn’t necessarily mean all-new. It could be a stretched or heavily altered version of the LEAF’s platform. When asked if these new underpinnings will come from the scalable EV architecture detailed in Renault-Nissan’s “Alliance 2022” plan, Schillaci simply reiterated that it will be “bespoke,” and declined to give any technical data regarding the modular platform. In fact, when asked to clarify that the production IMx’s architecture won’t just be the same as what’s under the LEAF, Schillaci again just said that it will be – you guessed it – “bespoke.”

When it debuted in Tokyo, the IMx was said to use two electric motors for a combined output of 430 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. The high-capacity battery pack is said to allow for a maximum range of more than 373 miles which, is impressive, though, obviously, best taken with a grain of salt. Nissan also told us the IMx could connect to a city’s local power grid and act as a “virtual” power plant, returning unused electricity to its source. That’s rad.

So while a production version of the IMx is imminent, it might not be the LEAF-based vehicle we initially expected – at least, not exactly. In any case, we’ll know more in a few years, as the new crossover is slated to launch before the end of the decade.

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“In any case, we’ll know more in a few years, as the new crossover is slated to launch before the end of the decade.”

That means 2019.


Technically, it should mean by the end of 2020.

That car is so ugly, kill it with fire!

From the side it looks like a BMW NextGen copy.
From the front, seriously?, Seriously?
I’m sure that front will never make it into production.
Unless they don’t want sales….


That was my immediate reaction. How can designers come up with something so ugly and then actually convince others to make it into a show car? Only thing I can come up with is being absolutely desperate to be distinctive.

It occurred to me that this is not one designer’s freak show, but the designer was forced to include styling elements from several superiors’ input, so it is a collaboration of sorts (by people with no taste).

I wish companies would show pictures of vehicles (or have small scale models) to show off future design direction and spend their research $$$ on full size concepts that resemble something that will actually be available to customers in the next few years.

This concept clearly does not fit that bill.

I don’t think the research $$$$ is spent on this, but rather the marketing $$$$.

Pokemon like!



Clothing that’s made to order, tailored especially for you, is called bespoke. It’s an adjective that is more common in Britain than in the United States. Bespoke can also describe non-clothing items that are made-to-order, as well as the person who makes such things: a bespoke jeweler. The term was originally bespoken, meaning “spoken of or arranged beforehand.” Obviously, if you wanted a custom-made suit, you had to make arrangements before buying it.”

I hope the “bespoke” platform allows you to order a custom face lift for this monstrosity.


Bespoke to a model is not bespoke to the consumer.

The front is like a cylon and a Disney Cars character got it on and had a deformed monster.

UUUUUUGGGGGGLLLLY. Thats coming from the an owner of a first gen leaf.

Which will come first, BYTON or IMx Nissan electric car in 2019?