The Nissan IMX concept, unveiled at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show, represents Nissan’s future vision for a battery electric crossover.
Nissan has indicated it will put the IMX (or IMx) into production in a couple of years – likely in mid-2020 or in 2021. It’s beginning to look doubtful the IMX will be the only ‘IM’ badged product in Nissan’s future lineup, though.
AutoGuide.com can exclusively report the automaker has also filed to trademark two more ‘IM’ names with European Intellectual Property Office: IMQ and IMS. The filings were made on December 10th and are intended for use on automobiles.
These filings may be an indication that Nissan has more electric concept vehicles on the way. It’s also possible that the IMX name won’t make it past the concept stage and that either IMQ or IMS will be the name applied to the production version of the electric crossover.
The ‘IM’ in ‘IMX’ stands for ‘Intelligent Mobility’ and the IMX was an all-wheel drive crossover, so it’s easy to see how Nissan arrived at that name. Using this logic, it seems possible that the the ‘S’ in ‘IMS’ stands for ‘sport’, but we’re stumped with regards to ‘IMQ’.
When Nissan debuted the IMX concept, it said it was powered by two high-output electric motors making a combined output of 429 hp and 517 lb-ft of torque. Paired with a lithium-ion battery pack of unknown capacity, the concept vehicle would be able to travel about 372 miles (600 km) on a single charge, Nissan predicted. It’s not clear if Nissan sees these lofty performance and range statistics as being achievable in time for the IMX’s launch in a couple of years.
We’ll be keeping an eye out for hints of the Nissan IMQ or IMS in coming months. With the New Year approaching, there are numerous places that Nissan could be planning to debut a concept EV, including the 2019 Detroit auto show next month and the 2019 Geneva motor show in March.