At the North American International Auto Show in Detroit on Monday, the Japanese automaker unveiled a new electric concept that it describes as “an elevated sports sedan.”
This marks the third time in as many years that Nissan has brought a sleekly designed EV concept to the floor of the Detroit auto show.
This year, it’s the Nissan IMs, an ode to the Intelligent Mobility branding under which the automaker categorizes all of its battery-powered and semi-autonomous products.
“Advances in electric vehicle technology and autonomous driving have allowed our designers to break free of the platform and packaging rules that constrain traditional passenger vehicles, to create a completely new type of car,” said Alfonso Albaisa, senior vice president for design at Nissan, in a statement.
Nissan claims the concept will be able to travel an estimated 380 miles on a single charge and be capable of “autonomous driving” — without going into any specifics about hardware or sensors.
“Drivers may even enjoy the company of a ‘passenger’ from the virtual world in the form of a three-dimensional augmented-reality avatar inside the car,” Nissan says.
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