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Nissan IMs EV Sports Sedan Concept: First Look

  • Estimated 380-mile range.

  • Offers manual and autonomous driving modes.

  • An example of direction of Nissan’s future sedans.

  • Multi-configurable cabin.

Hot on the heels of announcing a longer-range Leaf at the Consumer Electronics Show, Nissan dropped the Nissan IMs EV Sports Sedan concept on the floor of this year’s North American International Auto Show. "IM" stands for Intelligent Mobility that embraces what Nissan refers to as its three pillars: Intelligent Driving, Intelligent Power and Intelligent Integration.

What it really looks like to us is someone’s vision of a future electric Maxima. The fact that Nissan also incorporates "Sports Sedan" into its rather unwieldy moniker would seem to reinforce the electric Maxima idea. Not to mention Nissan is promising seven additional electric vehicles by 2022. Aren’t we expecting to see the next-generation Maxima between now and 2022? But hey, what do we know?

What we can say for sure is that the IMs EV stands nearly as tall as a crossover (for easy ingress and egress), yet otherwise maintains the exterior dimensions of today’s average midsize sedan. It is electric powered, has a revolutionary interior space and it’s all-wheel drive.

Powertrain

Being a concept, the Nissan IMs EV Sports Sedan is mostly an unknown. What we know is what Nissan tells us. Does that open the door to stretch the truth a bit? Sure, but that’s part of the fun of concepts. They are exercises in "what if?"

Providing the seamless, quiet go for the IMs EV are dual electric motors — one located fore and the other aft. Together they conspire to generate 483 horsepower and a whopping 590 lb-ft of torque. The 115-kilowatt-hour battery array is secured under the cabin floor. Nissan tells us that this powertrain allows the IMs EV to glide along for 380 miles on a full charge.

Passenger Space

Nissan calls the seating architecture in the Nissan IMs EV Sports Sedan 2+1+2, given its unique "Premier Seat" configuration. It’s an oversize center seat, appearing from the 3-across rear seat when the outboard seating positions are folded. In manual mode, the cockpit is driver centric with multi-level information displays and loads of assistance technology. In autonomous mode, the interior becomes more of sitting room designed for conversing, working or enjoying onboard entertainment.

When Will We See It?

Although we have our suspicions, the Nissan IMs EV Sports Sedan is a wish list for the next-gen Maxima, much of this technology is still a bit out of reach. Yet, based on Nissan’s aggressive targets for both electrification and self-driving cars, seeing something close to this isn’t out of question by 2025 or so.

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