Nissan has a best-selling electric city car in the shape of the Leaf; next it wants to bring EV performance to the sports sedan category. The Nissan IMs makes its debut at the Detroit Auto Show 2019, an electric concept car that promises both rewarding performance for a human driver and the flexibility of autonomy. In the process, it tackles a question still yet to be answered about driverless cars.
After all, while there’ll undoubtedly be times that having the car drive itself might be preferable, keen drivers aren’t willing to give up the controls entirely. The IMs envisages the best of both worlds. A physical wheel and other controls for when you want to drive yourself, and a huge “Premier Seat” in the back for when the IMs is piloting itself.
Either way, there’s all-wheel drive with an electric motor on each axle. Nissan envisages 483 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque combined, with a 115 kWh battery delivering an estimated 380 miles of range. Of course, this isn’t going to show up in dealerships any time soon.