Sleek, sexy, seamless exterior design
The IMs’ exterior design is composed of a powerful linear body block that encases a spacious cabin. In the plan view, the dynamic movements of the sheer surfaces create a simple yet dramatic design statement.
The emphasis on interior space is apparent from the exterior design. The car’s body and greenhouse are visually separated, prioritizing the size and shape of the cabin, while maintaining the sleek, seductive look of a performance vehicle.
“The impression of the IMs’ overall proportions is clearly different from current sport-back sedan designs,” said Giovanny Arroba, program design director at Nissan. “With these new proportions, there are zero trade-offs in terms of packaging, including front and rear headroom and legroom, cargo space and visibility.”
Contributing to the open-air cabin’s appearance are a unique glass roof, thin pillars, super-flush side glass and handle-less doors. When seen from the side, the doors look simple and clean. The dynamic sheer surfaces and edges in the door and hood sections suggest speed and advanced aerodynamics.
The B-pillar-less design allows the rear doors to open rearward, creating an unobstructed view of, and access to, the cabin. With no traditional center console, the interior feels even more spacious at first glance, as well as when inside.
“The deep door sections and three-dimension-hood execution is part of the IMs’ ‘formal modernity’ expression,” Arroba added. “The sharp, edgy treatment almost feels like a well-tailored, well-pressed dress shirt, something you’d feel special about.”
The IMs’ low drag coefficient is the result of the car’s smooth front end, flush lighting, invisible door handles and wing cameras in place of side view mirrors, which fold into the body when the vehicle is in autonomous driving mode. The front fenders, lower door section, rear fenders, an integrated rear spoiler and C-pillars have also been designed to enhance aerodynamic performance.
The lighting system has dual functionality for manual and autonomous driving modes. The deep, V-motion design signature is apparent in the placement and shape of the headlamps, which are offset from the front body surface, also aiding air flow.
The headlamps are integrated into a horizontal light blade that runs across the hood. When the car is in operation, pulses of light travel from the light blade to the interior signature lights and then to the rear holographic lamps, before meeting at the center of the rear combination lamp and starting up again in the front. The lights glow light blue when the vehicle is in autonomous mode. The rear combination lamps also feature a subtle etched pattern, providing a “floating” appearance with directional motion.
The IMs’ roof treatment is highlighted by gold accents that suggest the ring of moonlight during an eclipse. A geometric graphic pattern, inspired by the traditional Japanese Asanoha pattern, is printed in gold over the smoked glass surface. The pattern is used throughout the vehicle, including on the wheels and inside the cabin.
The exterior of the IMs is finished with a special “liquid metal” paint that is meant to suggest an imaginary mineral on the moon. The qualities of this color, inspired by kimonos, enhance the car’s unique and beautiful sculptural form in a subtle way, with shifts in gradation inspired by the image of superheated metal, applied to the areas of the body which are subject to higher air pressures.
Formal Modernity: Traditional elements combine with high-tech design
The confident, modern interior design of the IMs projects a sporty, premium image. Supporting the vision of Nissan Intelligent Mobility, the interior functions flawlessly in either manual or autonomous driving mode, enabling seamless switching between the two modes at the driver’s whim.
At Nissan, every car is designed with the driver in mind. Although it has full autonomous capability, the IMs is no different in this regard. Highlighting the interior is an advanced driver-centric cockpit. In manual driving mode, the driver has full control of the vehicle from the comfort of the zero-gravity seat.
The powerful electric drivetrain provides excellent acceleration, while the vehicle’s air suspension system with adaptive ride sensors provides a smooth ride quality and keeps the car stable through corners. The vehicle’s all-wheel-drive system also ensures maximum traction and grip.
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