Autonomous Nissan IMx Concept Predicts the Future
This Electric Crossover is What We Got In Lieu of an All-New Z Line
Published November 6, 2017
While all of the motoring world expected Nissan to revitalize its Z series of cars (which will not happen according to latest news from the company), Nissan alternatively showcased the ultimate in dullness. This crossover is a real representation of the world of tomorrow. People will be safe in cars, sure, but drivers will be deprived of the driving fun. This isn’t exactly that hard as highlights from the press release aren’t acceleration numbers or thrilling exotic sound descriptions, but the tech that makes autonomous drive possible. The IMx Concept features something called ProPILOT drive mode. It is so complex that it works with a 360-degree sensor field, 12 cameras, six laser scanners, nine radar and 16 sonar systems. In short, there’s more tech than on board than a North Korean military submarine.
The tech will, reportedly, be available in cars in 2022, with the first proper systems in place as early as 2020. Nissan execs even suggest the car will be able to drive itself (without anyone inside) providing the ultimate valet service. No more waiting for parking in parking lots as the car will take that job on itself.
Furthermore, occupants will have ultimate access to anything of importance on the massive windshield. There, the Nissan IMx Concept will present all the important info such as the closest parking, restaurant, toilet, and more.
IMx Concept Receives Massive Electric Power and New Batteries
Powering this tech are two electric motors. Combined, the power output is at 430 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. It’s quite a bit of power for a crossover.
“Huge torque is going to be generated with quick response,” said Toshiyuki Nakajima, manager of Nissan’s advanced engineering division. “It is unprecedented performance.”
As expected, one motor powers the front axle while the other sits at the rear, giving the IMx Concept exciting potential. More importantly, the architecture the IMx showcased in Tokyo will reach its production in a few short years. And not only with the Nissan badge up front. The same tech will be shared all across the board with cars produced by Renault and Mitsubishi as well. If I were to guess, I’d say that the new e-Evolution Concept from Mitsubishi shares all with this IMx. They even look similar.
The trick here is the battery’s integration into the floor. This gave the engineers a whole lot of room for massive battery integration, a lot of freedom in designing the cabin (which is quite spacious), and a low center of gravity – possibly the most important feature on cars that should be fun to drive.
It seems that Nissan managed to pack a whole bunch of batteries inside. They are confident the car can cover 373 miles on a single charge and not only that, it offers wireless charging! The only problem is these batteries are still in the development phase. All we know for sure is that the power is “sourced from a high-capacity battery which has been redesigned and re-engineered for increased energy density.”
While this crossover appears to be a fancy re-hash of the IDx concept from a couple years back, this ones seems far more practical, and with electric horsepower and instant torque on deck, we should only hope this car isn’t as ill-fated as the last.
Categories: Concept Cars & Renderings