A concept version of a Nissan electric crossover SUV that we expected to make its way to production was shown at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show.
This concept is called the IMx concept and it certainly captured our attention when shown off at the show. While we don’t expect this vehicle to give us all the features of the concept when it goes into production, it would be nice to see this SUV coming to the market soon. Unfortunately, Nissan has stated this SUV is likely still a couple of years away from being ready for the road.
What’s the Hold-Up?
As the brand that has the Leaf, which is the most successful EV model on the global market today it seems that the new SUV would be easy to offer on the market. The new IMx model is expected to share the same platform as the second generation of the Leaf, which should offer us a fast and easy transition to a model that we want for the ride of an EV SUV that we’re sure to admire when it shows up in a couple of years. There are reasons this SUV isn’t going to be offered for a bit longer.
This is the Hold Up on the Nissan EV SUV
The plan for the new IMx when it arrives on the market as a production model is to have a battery pack that’s extremely dense and offers ups the power rating of 430 horsepower and 516 lb.-ft. of torque which is what the concept model offered at the show. This power is in the neighborhood of the Nissan GT-R which is a monster on the road. Because the current Leaf doesn’t have anywhere near this much power, it’s going to be a challenge to make sure the SUV can have what’s expected.
The Delay Will be Worth the Wait
While we don’t want to deal with a delay, and other brands are likely going to offer electric SUVs before Nissan brings us the IMx, this new SUV will be a beast if it arrives with the power quoted. That alone will make the new SUV worth the wait, but so will the addition of the technology we expect to see which is similar to what the Leaf already offers us. Hopefully, we’ll get to follow this SUV as it makes its way through the development process.