Nissan had a very interesting reveal at the Geneva Motor Show, one that can prove to be very relevant and very popular if developed, launched and priced right in ASEAN (and the Philippines) in the future.
The vehicle we're talking about is the Nissan IMQ, a vehicle that combines Nissan's e-Power electric drive technology with the versatility of a crossover SUV. Yes, this is an indicator that Nissan wants to use a similar system from the Note e-Power hatchback that requires no costly charging stations and apply it to the more appealing form factor of a small crossover.
The reveal of the IMQ is in line with the hints that Nissan had been dropping about an e-Power crossover at their recent events, particularly at last year's Nissan Futures.
The company also says the IMQ has dimensions that put it squarely in the European C-segment crossover class. That means that if (or when) Nissan develops the IMQ into a production vehicle, it will effectively be in the same class as vehicles like the Toyota RAV4, Hyundai Tucson, Subaru Forester, Mazda CX-5 and Kia Sportage.
Nissan's design team says the IMQ is a bold new direction for the look of their vehicles. The IMQ has a clean design about it, one that uses a near-continuous surface for the greenhouse, and uses design elements like the V-Motion grille that blends into the hood.
The rear has been designed for enhanced aerodynamic performance, and has boomerang-style taillights according to Nissan. The IMQ also rides on 22-inch wheels with Bridgestone Connect tires.
The front doors are hinged in front while the rear doors are hinged at the rear (coach-style doors), creating an entry space without a B-pillar. Nissan says the interior uses Japanese design themes combined with futuristic technology, as shown by the continuous screen on the “floating-wing” dashboard and front-to-back center armrest for the four occupants.
“The IMQ’s design combines traditional and modern Japanese influences and shows what’s possible when future crossovers are powered by Nissan Intelligent Mobility,” said Alfonso Albaisa, Nissan's senior vice president for design. “With the IMQ, the interior and exterior are seamlessly blended together, signalling what our design direction may be for Nissan’s third generation of crossovers in Europe.”
The key to the IMQ is its e-Power drivetrain that is centered around a 1.5-liter engine that powers and charges a multi-motor electric drive system. The system combines for a total output of 340 PS and 700 Nm of torque; impressive performance from the electric system. Like with other e-Power models such as the Serena and Note, the engine cannot physically drive the axles; only electric power actually propels the vehicle forward.
This e-Power configuration means that the IMQ, when put in production, will be viable for countries and regions that have little or no infrastructure when it comes to electric vehicles like the Leaf.
That means they can launch it in places like ASEAN, and the Philippines.