Nissan is rumoured to be constructing an electrical SUV based on the IMx principle that was showcased at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show. Its electric motor has several advantages over a conventional petrol or diesel. Its neater packaging permits more interior space and, naturally, using electricity means it’ll cost buttons to run.
Expect the production model to lose those open front duct but keep the v-shaped grille that is Nissan’s current corporate face. The IMx Concept has bright-shining (and energy efficient) LED headlights so you can anticipate the road car to follow suit.
In profile, the production model will soften the concept’s sharp creases and included more-conventional door handles, however the sloping roofline ought to remain. Anticipate the back of the electric SUV to be rather various from the raked, coupe-like rear-end of the IMx Concept, to make the new model equally as useful as the family-friendly Qashqai.
Anticipate some elements of the IMx Concept’s interior to appear in the upcoming new model– including a huge infotainment screen and gesture controls.
Nissan is likely to offer 2 and four-wheel drive models. The two-wheel-drive electric Qashqai will most likely use a variation of the electric motor fitted to the Leaf– it makes 150hp and is good for a range of approximately 234 miles. A four-wheel-drive version could utilize a pair of those engines to provide a significant boost in performance. There’s a strong indicator that Nissan wants its electric SUV to display an enhanced version of its ProPilot self-governing driving tech. Such a system would can driving the Nissan with little or no input from the motorist.
The electrical Nissan Qashqai should have an entry-level price of around ₤ 30,000– about what you would presently anticipate to pay for a top-spec standard household SUV. A full reveal in 2020 seems likely.