Nissan IMx KURO electric crossover concept makes European debut

The Nissan IMx KURO electric crossover concept. — AFP pic
The Nissan IMx KURO electric crossover concept. — AFP pic

GENEVA, March 8 — If there are two types of vehicle that are increasingly hot in the global auto industry right now, it’s got to be crossovers and electric vehicles (EVs). It makes sense then for Nissan to combine these two hot properties into one model, which is exactly what it’s done by unveiling the IMx KURO electric crossover concept at this year’s Geneva Motor Show.

For anyone who now thinks motor show concepts are little more than production-ready prototypes on the whole these days, the IMx KURO is definitely the kind of vision of the future concepts always used to be in the past.

The IMx was originally unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show in October last year, and as Kuro means black in Japanese, this new version is now appropriately dressed in a new-look black trim and wheels with an updated grille and new dark grey exterior colour.

Of course, despite Nissan claiming the concept is “designed to strengthen the link between car and driver as a close, reliable partner that delivers a safer, more convenient and more exciting drive,” the IMx KURO features a fully autonomous future version of the manufacturer’s ProPILOT technology. But rather than this being a completely driverless car, the IMx KURO also has an intriguing system onboard called B2V.

B2V technology is the only system of its kind in the world right now. With it, the driver wears a device designed to measure brain wave activity that’s then analysed by the vehicle’s autonomous systems. The system then anticipates intended movement, which means it can then take actions such as turning the steering wheel or slowing the car between 0.2 and 0.5 seconds faster than the driver could unassisted, while at the same time remaining largely imperceptible. The whole idea is to improve reaction times and enhance manual driving, which makes a pleasant change from the fully driverless systems so many manufacturers are pursuing at the moment.

Other more conventional features associated with the IMx KURO are equally impressive, including the twin electric motors delivering all-wheel drive capability, 320kW of power, and a staggering 700Nm of torque. Nissan even claims the battery could be good for a driving range of up to 600km on a single charge.

Unfortunately, there doesn’t appear to be a plan for putting the IMx KURO into production anytime soon. — AFP-Relaxnews

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