Presented in Tokyo last week, the new Nissan IMx won’t be put into production, but it will reportedly help influence the design of the brand’s next-gen compact SUV.
That’s what Nissan VP of Global Design, Alfonso Albaisa, told AutoExpress, suggesting that the show car could play a big role in designing the next-generation Qashqai, otherwise known as the Rogue Sport in North America.
Albaisa was asked whether the IMx will influence the second-gen Juke, but he pointed out that the study is larger than the subcompact SUV. Still, it has a pretty good chance of lending some of its design elements to the Qashqai/Rogue Sport.
Despite its dramatic appearance, Albaisa claims the IMx looks “no further than 3 years” into the future. This coincides with the compact SUV’s 6-7-year lifecycle, which is in production since November 2013, in its current form.
Details about the third-generation Nissan Qashqai have started surfacing, and we already know that it should debut before the turn of the decade, reportedly benefiting from the ProPilot autonomous driving tech.