Nissan unveils electric IMx SUV at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show

The Nissan Leaf is one of the most popular EVs in the world right now, but in many ways, it’s a wasted opportunity. The last Leaf pretty much spearheaded the uptake of affordable EVs, but Nissan has followed it up with… well, nothing. Sure, the company unveiled another Leaf just a few weeks ago, and also an updated electric van – but it hasn’t really built upon its EV superiority. Until now, that is. 

Nissan has unveiled a brand new electric concept SUV at the Tokyo Motor Show, and it could be the beginning of a whole new range of EVs. Nissan is calling it the IMx, and although it’s just a concept vehicle right now, it marks a significant step for the Japanese manufacturer.

As you’d expect, the IMx contains all the autonomous and connected technology you’d expect from a concept car in 2017 – but the most significant thing here is the powertrain.

The IMx uses a pair of high-output electric motors for the front and rear axles give the vehicle all-wheel-drive capability. Nissan says these motors combine to produce 320 kW of power and 700Nm of torque – and also allow for a 600 km range.

Nissan says the IMx uses a new platform, based on the Nissan Leaf, that will soon power a significantly expanding range of EVs. It’s the first sign of Nissan looking to use its experience from the Leaf to properly dominate the EV market – and that’s very exciting.

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