2020 Nissan IMs Electric Car Concept – New Nissan IMs Sport Sedan
Nissan today revealed the IMs concept, a vision that sees the sedan as existing in a quite different, all-electric “elevated” form.
Nissan is aiming to make at least one of its established mainstream nameplates electric-only by 2025. It also hasn’t given up on sedans and, as global product strategy VP Ivan Espinosa told Green Car Reports this past week, it’s looking for innovative things to do with the sedan form factor.Connect the dots, and the IMs is likely not a moonshot concept, but a foretaste of an electric Maxima—or the equivalent—built on the upcoming dedicated electric platform that will already spawn a production crossover based on the IMx.
“The IMs explores the limits of sedan design with an approach that elevates the category in both look and functionality,” said Alfonso Albaisa, Nissan’s senior vice president for design.
Sedan form factor, elevated to the next level
Nissan calls the IMs concept an “elevated sports sedan,” but it’s not necessarily a utility vehicle. It’s only a couple of inches taller than current sedans, but it has a seating point (and roofline) that’s more crossover-like due to the battery pack that’s packaged directly below the cabin in a “skateboard” position that’s different than what today’s Leaf employs.
The IMs “explores the limits of sedan design with an approach that elevates the category in both look and functionality,” summed Albaisa, in a release.
The IMs rides on big 22-inch wheels, and it has an air suspension that will adapt to the road type as well as the driving mode.
The exterior is a marked departure from the sculpted sheetmetal and now-commonplace “floating roof” look of Nissan’s current sedans and crossovers. It aims for simpler surfaces and clean edges and is simultaneously shaped for aerodynamics. Nissan describes the exterior proportions as progressive, with deepened doors, thin pillars, and multi-layer “holographic-style” rear tail lamps.