Nissan IMx Kuro Concept Updated
Nissan introduced the IMx Kuro Concept, a compact electric crossover SUV at the Geneva Motor Show, a follow-on to the IMx show car, which debuted last fall at the Tokyo show. The Kuro, which is Japanese for black, has an updated grille, gray body color, black trim and wheels.
In addition to featuring an electric powertrain, the Nissan IMx Kuro showcases the company’s future autonomous driving tech and its pioneering Brain to Vehicle (B2V) technology. The B2V approach interprets signals from the driver’s brain to assist in driving and allows the autonomous and manual systems on the car to learn from the driver’s behavior.
"The IMx Kuro zero-emission crossover concept vehicle embodies the future of Nissan Intelligent Mobility," said José Muñoz, Nissan's chief performance officer. "Nissan Intelligent Mobility is Nissan's commitment to changing the way people and cars communicate, as well as how cars interact with society in the near future and beyond."
Based on Nissan's new electric vehicle platform, the IMx Kuro has a completely flat floor with the battery pack mounted below it. The low center of gravity contributes to the vehicle’s agility. The vehicle is propelled by a pair of high-output electric motors at the front and rear, giving it all-wheel-drive capability and produces 430 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque, more than the Nissan GT-R. Range is said to be more than 370 miles on a single charge.
Building on ProPILOT
The Nissan IMx Kuro concept builds on Nissan’s ProPILOT technology, a semi-autonomous driver assist that allows for lane and distance keeping without input from the driver. The B2V system learns to predict what the driver is going to do by picking up on signals such as initiating a turn or changing vehicle speed or braking and being able to assist in improving reaction time. B2V can also monitor the well-being of the driver, who wears a device that measures brain wave activity. It can either adjust the car to make driving it easier or adapt the autonomous mode to make the ride more comfortable.
With its full autonomous capability, the IMx Kuro has a steering wheel that retracts and seats that automatically recline when the self-drive mode is selected. When manual mode is engaged, the vehicle returns the steering wheel and seats to their original positions.
At the core of the Nissan IMx Kuro's technological features is a future version of ProPILOT that offers fully autonomous operation. When ProPILOT drive mode is selected, the system stows the steering wheel inside the dashboard and reclines all seats, giving the driver more space and allowing the vehicle's occupants to relax and enjoy their commute.
Since the IMx's debut at the Tokyo Motor Show, Nissan designers tweaked the design by simplifying the grille to give it a more prominent look. A change in color from pearl white to deep gray with black finished wheels gives the vehicle a more substantial look.
"After the Tokyo Motor Show, my team and I continued to consider the IMx's potential," said Alfonso Albaisa, Nissan’s head of design. "We asked ourselves if the basic concept of the IMx could be more SUV-inspired by making some relatively simple changes to details, accents and color."