Production Nissan IMx To Roll On Bespoke Platform

Nissan has confirmed that the IMx Concept which premiered in late 2017 will make its way to production with a bespoke platform.

During discussions with Motor 1 at CES 2018 in Las Vegas, Nissan’s executive vice president for global marketing and sales, Daniele Schillaci, revealed that the road-going IMx will have unique underpinnings but failed to provide further specifics.

When quizzed about whether or not the “bespoke platform” in question is part of a scalable architecture from Renault-Nissan’s ‘Alliance 2022’ plan, Schillaci again failed to provide a detailed answer. The executive’s use of the word ‘bespoke’ suggests that the IMx won’t use the same platform as the latest-generation Leaf, as originally expected.

Details of the road-going IMx remain unknown. For now, all we know is that the concept utilized two electric motors delivering a total of 430 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. When paired with a sizeable battery pack, a range exceeding 373 miles (600 km) is reportedly achievable.

If the current Leaf is anything to go by, all of these figures will decrease for the production model.

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    The word “bespoke” doesn’t mean what Nissan and the author thinks it means. It’s traditional meaning is a series of related items, in which each example meets core company standards, but is specially configured to fit the individual requirements and preferences of each customer. Not sharing it’s chassis with a sister car model does not make this car “bespoke” in any way, shape, or form. A $100,000 English shotgun, made to order on a well respected action, uniquely engraved, and hand fitted to the customer’s individually physique is “bespoke”. A Rolls Royce Phantom with factory approved custom coachwork is “bespoke”. A mass produced Nissan with a few choices of paint colors and trim packages, uh, no. Completely unique items made by individual artisans, such as George Barris custom cars, are not “bespoke” as they aren’t part of a related series. They are art pieces. Items customized by third parties without the original maker’s involvement and certification don’t fit the definition, either. Bespoke items have the cachet of being indentifiable with a known heritage and level of greatness while also being unique.

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