Billed as an “elevated sports sedan,” the IMs is a stylish electric crossover with sedan-like proportions. This makes the model relatively unique and it’s far more attractive than previous sedan-crossover mashups such as the Volvo S60 Cross Country.
A large part of this is due to clever design as the IMs has a mix of sharp lines and gently flowing surfaces. The front of the concept is dominated by a non-traditional ‘grille’ which is flanked by stylish lighting units and squared off vertical fins.
While the front isn’t the concept’s best angle, things get better as you move further back. Aft of the hood is a rakish windscreen and a sporty roof which is somewhat reminiscent of the 2019 Maxima. The concept also has a dynamic greenhouse, stylish bodywork and 22-inch wheels that are wrapped in high-performance rubber.
Despite appearances, the concept lacks a B-pillar and has suicide rear doors for easier entry and egress. Other notable features include hidden door handles, holographic taillights and a smoked glass roof with a gold geometric pattern.
The futuristic design continues in the cabin as drivers sit behind a compact steering wheel and find themselves looking at a digital instrument cluster. On either side are additional displays. The one of the left shows the time, temperature and remaining range, while the one of the right appears to serve double duty as an infotainment system and an entertainment system for the front passenger.
Another unique feature is the concept’s so-called “premier seat.” It’s a lounge-like chair that is created folding the two outer seat backs down.
On the performance front, the IMs has a 115 kWh battery that powers two electric motors. This gives the concept all-wheel drive as well as a combined output of 483 hp (360 kW / 490 PS) and 590 lb-ft (799 Nm) of torque. Nissan declined to say how fast the IMs can accelerate, but the automaker said drivers can expect to travel approximately 380 miles (611 km) on a single charge.
While sport sedans are aimed enthusiasts who enjoy driving, the IMs has a fully autonomous driving mode. When the mode is selected, the steering wheel retracts to make the driver more comfortable. The concept’s head- and taillights also turn blue and a light “travels continuously from front-to-rear to notify pedestrians and other drivers of its autonomous status.”
Sticking with the technology theme, Nissan says the concept has their new Invisible-to-Visible technology that debuted at CES earlier this month. It allows drivers to see around corners, visualize upcoming traffic jams and even travel with digital companion in the form of a three-dimensional augmented-reality avatar.