Nissan is looking to usher in a new era of intelligent mobility, and the IMx Concept recently unveiled in Tokyo is a big sign of things to come.
For starters, autonomous systems and electrification are big factors nowadays, even when it comes to vehicle design. This is why Nissan built the IMx Concept while acknowledging there should be obvious differences between the exterior and the interior.
"Today, cars are designed with a clear separation between the inside and outside, providing a sense of security to its passengers while giving the driver an appropriate environment to concentrate on driving," said Nissan design boss, Satoru Tai.
According to Nissan, the IMx's entire conceptual design can be summed up in three phrases: expressive purity, quiet dynamism and advanced technology, and while the first two are obviously debatable, the tech part is undeniable.
At the core of the IMx is Nissan's ProPILOT system, which offers fully-autonomous driving, sliding the steering wheel inside the dashboard and reclining the seats when the driver decides to take a break.
Speaking of which, the design of the interior is quite simple, with very few switches. Dominating the cabin are the panoramic display and wood grain-patterned panels, while AI-controlled sensors and cameras keep an eye on the driver, anticipating his or her intensions.
Powering the IMx are two electric motors, one at the rear and one up front. Together, they produce 320 kW (429 HP / 435 PS) and 700 Nm (516 lb-ft) of torque. Nissan aren't saying just how quick this concept might be in a straight line, but range-wise, it will do over 600 km (372 miles), which is very impressive.