THE IMK EV CONCEPT: THE ULTIMATE URBAN COMMUTEROct 4th, 2019
Ahead of its first public unveiling at the Tokyo Motor Show, Nissan has released a few images of their new 100% electric – IMk EV Concept – which combines chic design, with cutting-edge technologies! The new IMk promotes Nissan’s vision for changing how vehicles are driven, powered, and connected to society, by bringing Nissan Intelligent Mobility to life! In addition, the IMk is able to show us just how urban-oriented cars may look and feel in the very near future, on an all-new EV platform!
The Nissan IMk will come equipped with all the latest Driver Assist Technologies – including ProPILOT 2.0, and it will also offer additional connectivity features! “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,” said Satoru Tai, Executive Design Director at Nissan. “The IMk fuses a modern, clean look, driven by its Japanese heritage, with cutting-edge EV technology. Unconstrained by conventional concepts of the kei car segment, its design is interwoven with Japanese culture. It’s a luxury small EV that I hope a lot of customers are going to drive.”
Drawing on Nissan’s new design philosophy – Timeless Japanese Futurism – the exterior of the new IMk is characterized by flowing lines, while paying homage to artisans who formed copper into functional works of art, by applying an Akagane Paint Scheme! The Akagane Paint Scheme reflects a reddish copper color on the IMk, while a closer look reveals a V-motion signature “shield” in combination with taillights featuring a trellised, woodwork-type impression.
“We incorporated `Japanese DNA’ into the design of the IMk,” said Tai. “For example, the bumper, wheels, tires, windows, tail lamps, roof and high mount spoiler treatment borrow from the flowing patterns of mizuhiki, a thin twine made of Japanese rice paper. Just as mizuhiki flows naturally by design, on the IMk this flowing pattern blends the front, sides, and rear of the concept together for a completely new presence, outside and inside. The shield, which replaces the grille in gasoline-powered vehicles, represents a new signature element in our redefined design language. It follows function with style, giving the vehicle visual strength and inspiration while also providing protection and advanced technology underneath, including sensors and electronics
On the inside, the IMk offers a welcoming space – resembling a café or lounge – promoting a cozy, and relaxing feel. Also giving a nod to the Japanese wood joinery technique of Kigumi, wood slats have been used to interlock with the lower door, creating a sense of calm, while Akagane-colored accents add brightness, and a premium touch!
According to Tai, the IMk Concept’s interior design focuses on creating a high-tech, yet relaxing experience. “We could have kept all the surfaces inside the IMk’s cabin flat, which would have equated to more physical space,” he said. “But if we did that, we would have lost some of its beauty, and we didn’t want to go that route. The IMk was never about being roomier than a traditional small car. It was about being an upscale, stylish partner that gives occupants a chic, elegant space to enjoy.”
Also interesting is the IMk’s thin dashboard design, which is void of any physical controls (other than the start button and shifter)! Amazingly, when you power up the IMk, comfort controls and settings (such as vehicle speed and navigation), are only revealed with soft glowing icons within the Akagane trim – giving them the appearance of being in midair!
Nissan Intelligent Driving
The IMk also takes another step forward towards fully autonomous driving. Coming equipped with all the latest technology, the IMk will assist drivers in a wide range of environments – from expressways to city streets – and even parking lots! Plus, the most advanced version of ProPILOT 2.0 – which helps make driving safer – will combine navigated highway driving with hands-off single-lane driving capabilities.
Nissan Intelligent Power
The Nissan IMk continues to build on the EV technology seen in the Nissan LEAF, by further offering a pure electric alternative for customers, with an extremely quiet operation, combined with smooth power. The electric motor delivers excellent acceleration, in combination with a high level of responsiveness, both in stop-and-go traffic and even on steep slopes!
Keeping everyone connected and plugged in is just the beginning, the IMk will also link to the driver’s smartphone to authenticate their identity, apply personal settings, and plan their commute. Before leaving on a trip, the IMk informs the driver of the best departure time (via smartphone), and after arriving back home, the IMk will even valet park itself – while seamlessly integrating with the home energy system, while using the spare battery capacity to balance home energy needs! This is done by using Nissan Energy Share (Vehicle-to-Home).
The IMk will also include Nissan’s Invisible-to-Visible (I2V) Technology! Merging information from sensors outside and inside the vehicle with data from the cloud, I2V technology can track the vehicle’s immediate surroundings and anticipate what’s ahead, what’s behind (a building) or what’s around the corner. Guidance is then given to the driver in an interactive, human-like way, via an avatar that appears inside the car!
“The IMk concept provides a glimpse of the new direction of Nissan Intelligent Mobility as technology evolves toward electrification and connectivity,” said Asako Hoshino, Nissan’s Executive Vice President, overseeing global marketing and sales and the brand’s global EV business. “At Nissan, we intend to continue launching cars with the latest advanced systems to maintain our lead in automotive innovation.”
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