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Nissan unveils IMQ concept with radical hybrid system

Wednesday, 20th March, 2019 4:22pm

Nissan has unveiled the all-new IMQ concept vehicle, an advanced technology and design showcase that signals the direction of the next generation of crossovers.

Unveiled at the Geneva International Motor Show, the IMQ seamlessly blends Japanese heritage with state-of-the-art, human-centric technology.

It incorporates the latest innovations that bring to life Nissan Intelligent Mobility, the brand’s vision for the future of automotive transportation. Its styling reflects Nissan’s role as a leader in crossovers, with a striking look that pushes the boundaries of what a crossover can be.

At the heart of the IMQ is the next generation of e-Power, a 100 per cent electric motor drive system that delivers instant, linear acceleration.

It has been further developed from the e-Power technology currently available in the best-selling Nissan Note and Serena models in Japan. In the IMQ, it delivers a total output of 250 kilowatts and 700Nm of torque.

This high output is channelled through a new multi-motor all-wheel-drive system, delivering precise and independent control of each wheel. The combination of e-Power and all wheel drive is ideal for low-grip conditions, such as the snowy alpine roads outside Geneva.

Because the batteries of the IMQ are never designed to be plugged in, there’s a 1.5 litre petrol engine on board, which runs at a fuel-saving constant speed, to keep those batteries charged up. Nissan claims that the system is much more economical, and has much lower emissions, than a conventional hybrid system.

The IMQ offers additional insights into Nissan’s technology vision. It’s equipped with an advanced prototype version of Nissan’s ProPilot driving assistance system which can offer enhanced autonomous driving capability.

The model also features Nissan’s Invisible-to-Visible technology, unveiled in January 2019 at the CES Trade Show.

The IMQ marks a bold new direction in Nissan’s design language. It builds on the Nissan badge, integrated into the V-motion grille, which has been given a deliberately more subtle execution.

The grille blends vertically into the hood and horizontally with the front bumper to create strong corners at the outer edges. The hood features striking chrome-edged cuts as the fender rises from the wheel arches and tucks under the central section.

Everything about the IMQ’s interior is focused on the driver. This is demonstrated by the graphical user interface, dominated by an 840 millimetre screen embedded in the instrument panel.

It’s completely black - like a smartphone - when powered down, but when powered up, it comes to life to provide e-Power status and other vehicle information. Further use of the black lamellas is always visible behind the screen.

A smaller, secondary screen above the centre console hosts the IMQ’s Virtual Personal Assistant. It enhances the driving experience by controlling vehicle functions, such as navigation, in response to input from the driver.

The steering wheel is ergonomically shaped to put the driver in a relaxed position and to maximise the visibility of the instrument panel. Advanced, ‘soft-touch’ paddle shift-style functionality is built into the back of the wheel.

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