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Detroit LIVE: Nissan IMs EV Sports Sedan concept

by Justin King

The EV's unique interior includes a 'Premier Seat' in a 2+1+2 layout.

Nissan has picked the Detroit auto show to unveil the IMs concept, a pure electric sports sedan.

Debuting among a flurry of EV concepts from most major automakers, the futuristic IMs focuses on a unique interior configuration to stand out from the crowd. The car has a 2+1+2 layout featuring a "Premier Seat" that envisions an entirely new vehicle segment. The rear integrates three seats, transforming between traditional dual seats and a single oversized seat that deploys when the outboard positions are folded. Lacking a B-pillar, the doors are oppositely hinged for easier ingress and egress.

The IMs employs dual electric motors to send 483 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque to all four wheels. A large 115-kWh battery is estimated to provide enough juice for up to 380 miles before needing a charge.

The electric powertrain provides design flexibility for the interior, which has been reimagined for autonomous operation. In manual mode, the cabin provides a driver-centric experience with multi-level information displays. In autonomous mode, drivers can engage in conversation, entertainment or work.

Nissan has not made any commitment to putting the IMs or its unique features into production, though the company has made a broader promise to launch seven new EVs by 2022.

Live photos by Brian Williams.

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