As the electric vehicle market has matured in recent years, the biggest beneficiary and most popular player—in terms of sales—has been Nissan. Three iterations of the Japanese manufacturer’s Leaf EV have resulted in sales of more than 400,000 units and billions of battery-powered kilometers covered by the cars all over the world. However, Nissan is slightly reluctant to go full EV across the whole range, instead hedging its bets with some hybrid models as alternatives to the traditional ICE setup—under its Intelligent Mobility tag.
With crossovers and SUVs the go-to vehicle to have in Europe and other markets, Nissan used the 2019 Geneva Motor Show platform to demonstrate where it is heading from a design and also a powertrain point of view. The subject of all the interest was the IMQ, a four-door concept that features the next generation of Nissan’s e-Power drive system that is already available in the likes of the Note and Serena in Japan. In the IMQ, the system delivers a total output of 250 kW and 700 N∙m () thanks largely to a new multi-motor all-wheel-drive system, but also a 1.5-L turbocharged gasoline unit.