Nissan reveals IMk concept urban EV
The city car previews a new design language for the Japanese automaker.
Nissan has revealed the IMk concept, highlighting the company's vision for an tiny urban-focused electric vehicle.
The boxy compact features unique styling that previews the brand's future design language for production cars, adopting a "Timeless Japanese Futurism" ethos with flowing lines and a reddish copper Akagane paint scheme.
"We incorporated `Japanese DNA' into the design of the IMk," says Nissan executive design director Satoru Tai. "The shield, which replaces the grille in gasoline-powered vehicles, represents a new signature element in our redefined design language. It follows function with style, giving the vehicle visual strength and inspiration while also providing protection and advanced technology underneath, including sensors and electronics."
Inside, the IMk attempts to evoke the feeling of a cafe or lounge. The thin dashboard omits physical buttons or knobs, aside from a start button and shifter. Climate settings and other controls are illuminated on touch-sensitive trim when the car is started, while speed and navigation information is presented on a bezel-less prism display.
The concept serves as a technology showcase for Nissan's most advanced driver-assistance technology, including the ProPilot 2.0 suite and a remote-park feature. It is also designed for the latest connectivity technology, with a focus on smartphone integration and a more natural interaction for navigation.
Nissan hasn't confirmed production plans for the IMk, which would likely be limited to Japan and European markets.