The electric vehicle is described as an “elevated sports sedan [saloon]” and follows on from the IMx SUV shown at last year’s Tokyo show. Nissan says the IMs is closer to a saloon than a crossover and its raised cabin height is due to the battery being located under the floor.
The design shares much with the IMx and has been heavily influenced by the flexibility offered by an electric powertrain, the need for a low drag coefficient and the desire for fully autonomous capability.
The car’s long, 2.9-metre wheelbase and extended cabin length allow for a ‘2+1+2’ seating arrangement, with a rear bench that either seats three across or, when the outer two seats are folded, offers a central “premier seat” with added space and comfort. The cockpit is driver focused in manual driving mode, with a variety of multi-level screens displaying information.