Nissan will display its IMK at the 46th Tokyo Motor Show, a new zero-emission concept car that embodies the future of Nissan Intelligent Mobility, the company’s vision of how cars are powered, driven, and integrated into society.
The Nissan IMk is described by the company as "the ultimate urban commuter, with cutting-edge technologies and powerful EV acceleration in a compact body." In addition to its city-driving capabilities, it is designed to reduce driver stress while offering "excitement" and "confidence" on an all-new EV platform.
Equipped with the latest ProPILOT advanced driver-assistance technologies and connectivity features, the IMk provides a glimpse of how Nissan believes urban-oriented cars may look and feel in the near future. The IMk reflects a minimalistic aesthetic, drawing on Nissan’s new design philosophy, called Timeless Japanese Futurism.
The Nissan IMk concept’s cabin is a new type of “room” that exudes the nature of a cafe or lounge. Other than the start button and shifter, the IMk’s thin dashboard is void of physical controls. Powering up the IMk reveals cabin comfort controls and settings with soft glowing icons within the Akagane trim.
Important driving information, such as vehicle speed and navigation directions, appear in “midair” by way of a bezel-less prism display. Customized information is communicated to the driver via holographic displays. Interior accent lighting mimics the prism display’s color scheme, depending on displayed content.
The Nissan IMk concept comes with Nissan's latest technologies to assist drivers in a wide range of environments, from expressways to city streets and parking lots.
The smartphone-enabled ProPILOT remote park feature with valet parking feature can search for a parking space automatically after the driver and passengers step out of the car. When the driver is ready to hit the road again, a simple tap of a button brings the car.
Among the other notable functions is the latest driver-assistance technology, built off an advanced version of ProPILOT 2.0, which is designed to make driving safer, more pleasant, and enjoyable by combining navigated highway driving with hands-off single-lane driving capabilities.
The concept car’s quiet operation and low center of gravity are meant to give urban commuters a smooth and powerful driving experience. The electric motor delivers "excellent" acceleration and responsiveness that is effective in stop-and-go traffic and even on steep slopes.
The IMk also keeps occupants constantly and seamlessly plugged in with the latest connectivity technology. A driver can link to the car with a smartphone to authenticate their identity, automatically apply personal settings—such as seat position, interior lighting, and climate controls—and plan their commute.
Before leaving on a trip, the IMk informs the driver of the best departure time via smartphone, taking into consideration variables such as traffic congestion. After arriving and valet parking itself, the vehicle can seamlessly integrate with a home energy system and use spare battery capacity to balance home energy needs, using Nissan Energy Share (vehicle-to-home).
While on the trip, occupants can enjoy Nissan’s invisible-to-visible (I2V) technology. Merging information from sensors outside and inside the vehicle with data from the cloud, I2V technology can track the vehicle's immediate surroundings and anticipate what is ahead, even showing what is behind a building or around the corner. Guidance is given in an interactive, human-like way, including via an avatar that appears inside the car.
“The IMk concept provides a glimpse of the new direction of Nissan Intelligent Mobility as technology evolves toward electrification and connectivity,” said Asako Hoshino, Nissan’s Executive Vice President overseeing global marketing and sales and the brand’s global EV business. “At Nissan, we intend to continue launching cars with the latest advanced systems to maintain our lead in automotive innovation.”