Nissan has uncovered its IMk concept car ahead of this month’s Tokyo motor show, showcasing its vision of future model designs with an all-electric kei car.
Adopting a new design philosophy dubbed ‘Timeless Japanese Futurism’, the IMk concept is finished in an ‘Akagane’ exterior colour that pays tribute to copper artwork, and a new take on the ‘V-motion’ front grille that is stacked to look like wooden slats.
Other exterior highlights include cross-style wheels, a floating roof design, stacked tail-lights and a roof-mounted spoiler.
Measuring 3434mm long, 1512mm wide and 1644mm tall, the IMk is around 500mm shorter and 200mm narrower than a Toyota Yaris, but sports a similar height.
Inside, the tallboy kei car allows for a bench-style seat and minimalist interior with cooper and wood highlights.
Instrumentation is handled by a bezel-free screen for a floating effect, while holographic displays are also used to convey driving information.
“To meet customers’ demands for nimble driving characteristics and connectivity that fits a wide range of needs and lifestyles, Nissan set out to create a city runner that would stand apart from any other car in the segment,” the Japanese brand said.
No details have been revealed about the emissions-free drivetrain however, but Nissan said “the electric motor delivers excellent acceleration and a high level of responsiveness that’s effective in stop-and-go traffic and even on steep slopes”.
Aside from the all-electric drivetrain, the IMk concept is also fitted with Nissan’s latest ‘ProPilot’ driver assist technologies, including a valet system to automatic park the vehicle and a semi-autonomous driving capability.
Nissan executive design director Satoru Tai hinted that the IMk concept could spawn a production version down the line, but given its kei car status, will likely remain confined to the Japanese domestic market.
“As a small EV for a new era, the Nissan IMk is designed to be at home in sophisticated cityscapes as much as in traditional Japanese towns,” he said.
“The IMk fuses a modern, clean look, driven by its Japanese heritage, with cutting-edge EV technology.
“It’s a luxury small EV that I hope a lot of customers are going to drive.”
The IMk concept could also herald fellow alliance member Mitsubishi’s mooted all-electric kei car, with both brands splitting to development and production work.
Article Source: Cars Guide MagazineOctober 1, 2019 9:04 am