After revealing the renders earlier this month, Nissan has pulled the covers off the new IMk Concept here at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show. We must say it looks even more kawaii in person.
The IMk Concept is Nissan’s ‘ultimate urban commuter’ of the future. Like most city cars, it is downright diminutive. Its size is similar to most Japanese Kei-cars today, measuring 3,434 mm long, 1,512mm wide, and 1,644 mm tall. That makes it perfect for congested urban areas like, well, Metro Manila.
The styling of the IMk Concept is inspired by simple and traditional Japanese design. The body features a minimalist exterior with only simple smooth flowing lines. More Japanese inspiration can be seen on the V-motion grill and unique taillight design which features a woodwork-type impression. According to Nissan, Japanese DNA can be seen all around – from the bumper, wheels, tires, windows and even high-roof spoiler. All of which are inspired by the flowing patterns of mizuhiki, a thin twine made of Japanese rice paper. Completing the exterior design is the rose gold Akagane paint scheme, paying homage to copper artisans.
Inside, the cabin remains spacious despite its small size. There’s no center console to be found. In its place is a bench-style seat. In front of the passengers is a clean, uncluttered dashboard with barely any physical controls. In place of a traditional instrument cluster is a bezel-less prism display. Vehicle information is then communicated to the driver via holographic displays. Rose gold accents on the instrument panel, doors, and steering wheel color are made to match the exterior paint.
Similar to before, powertrain details were not mentioned. Nissan only says that the IMk will be a battery-electric vehicle and use an electric motor to go around.
With regards to features, the IMk Concept is equipped with Nissan’s latest ProPilot system which includes the brand’s Invisible-to-Visible technology. The driver can also link with the car to a smartphone app to authenticate identity, automatically apply personal settings such as seat position, interior lighting, and climate controls
While these kei-sized vehicles are really exclusive to Japan, we think they can do well in other countries as they would be perfect for our kind of traffic, and the stylings are quite interesting. It may just be wishful thinking, but it'd be really nice if they explored offering and assembling vehicles like the IMk (the production version), not to mention the fun factor of negotiating urban Metro Manila traffic in one.