Nissan may be looking at making not only electric hatchbacks and crossovers for the near future. Pretty soon, that range could extend all the way to sports sedans that are both elegant and quick on their feet.
Shortly following the launch of the 2019 Nissan Leaf e+ in Las Vegas last week, Nissan continues its electric stride with the reveal of the IMS electric vehicle (EV) concept at the 2019 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS).
It’s not your typical EV however as it does not take on the form of a crossover or a practical hatchback like the Leaf. Instead, Nissan went for a more stylish approach with the IMS and gave it a sleek sports sedan look
Described by Nissan as combining strong design elements with sleek and sexy lines, the IMS is the company’s vision of a sporty four-door built for the future. As with most (if not all) Nissan cars today, the signature V-Motion front grill sits proudly up front and is accompanied by curvaceous fenders and eye-catching headlights. Then there’s the unique taillight design at the back which is perhaps one of the biggest and widest sets used on a concept vehicle.
But what could be the most impressive feature on the IMS concept (apart from its design) is its rather unique ‘Premier Seat’. Unlike most cars which come with rear bench seats or a 2+2 seating arrangement, the Premier Seat is an oversized center seat. It’s covered in gold-painted details and accents which further highlight the car’s opulent looks.
Giving life to the IMS EV concept is a pair of electric motors that are located at the front and rear axles. It puts out an impressive 489 PS along with a gut-pulling 800 Nm of torque. All that is made possible thanks to a 115-kWh battery pack which also serves to give the concept a 611 km range.
Apart from its impressive all-electric drive, the concept is also imbued with Nissan’s Intelligent Mobility features - Intelligent Driving, Intelligent Power and Intelligent Integration. This means the concept benefits from electric all-wheel drive, autonomous drive mode, as well as an advanced air suspension that automatically adjusts itself depending on driving conditions.
Nissan has yet to state what exactly the IMS EV previews. But given that it takes on the form a sports sedan, this could mean the Leaf may soon have a baby brother in the form a sleek four-door. Here’s to hoping Nissan can make that a reality in the near future.