The all-new Nissan IMQ crossover concept vehicle has been unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show.
The IMQ has the next generation of Nissan’s e-POWER system which features a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine and multi-motor AWD.
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 kW and 700 Nm of torque.
Nissan also announced it will launch the e-POWER electrified powertrain technology in Europe by 2022.
Combining 100% electric motor drive with a petrol engine that charges the battery, e-POWER cars give customers instant, smooth acceleration and excellent fuel efficiency.
The e-POWER system includes a petrol engine with a power generator, an inverter, a battery and an electric motor. Used solely to charge the high-output battery, the gasoline engine always runs at an optimal speed. This leads to better fuel efficiency and lower emissions compared with a traditional internal combustion engine.
Currently, e-POWER is available in the Note and Serena models in Japan. More than 70% of Note sales and almost half of Serena sales in the country are e-POWER versions.
In the IMQ 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 AWD is ideal for low-grip conditions.
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 is equipped with Nissan’s Invisible-to-Visible (I2V) technology, a 3-D interface where the “real world” converges with the virtual world. Developed by Nissan, I2V helps vehicle occupants see what may otherwise be invisible.
The technology can help drivers see around corners, visualize precise information about traffic jams – including causes – and determine alternative routes.
The car is equipped with an advanced prototype ProPILOT driver assistance system, assisting drivers on urban streets and suburban highways. This is possible due to an array of advanced sensors, radars and cameras located throughout the car that can interpret road, traffic and information signals.
Nissan has also announced today that the 100% electric Nissan LEAF has reached total global sales of 400,000 vehicles – cementing its position as the world’s best-selling electric car.
The Nissan LEAF e+, featuring a new and larger 62kW battery giving a 239 mile range, is now available for customer orders on Nissan’s European consumer websites. Nissan has made its longer range version available as a permanent addition in the Tekna grade. More than 3,000 customers have already ordered the 62kW LEAF just a month after its global launch.
By 2022 sales of electrified Nissan vehicles will increase five-fold, and by the end of that year will be double the market average.