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Nissan's IMs concept
Nissan plans sedan, 2 electrified concepts
Urvaksh Karkaria | 2019/4/5

Nissan will unveil a sedan and show two electrified concept vehicles this month at the Shanghai auto show.

2019 is busy for the Japanese automaker as it plans to replace about 70 percent of its lineup over the next two years.

While Nissan gave no details about the sedan, the vehicle is said to be the redesigned Sylphy, the compact marketed as the Sentra in the U.S.

Nissan also will reveal two concepts -- a full-electric sedan and an electrified crossover.

The all-wheel-drive IMs concept, described as an ¡°elevated sports sedan,¡± is powered by dual electric motors (front and rear) and a fast-charging 115-kilowatt-hour battery that generates 483 hp. The concept, unveiled in January at the Detroit auto show, has a driving range of about 380 miles on a single charge.

Powertrain components are under the cabin floor. The flat-bottom platform and the absence of a transmission tunnel give designers the flexibility to imagine a loungelike interior.

The IMs has 2+1+2 seating with pivoting front seats and a rear arrangement that offers a three-across seating, or, once the slim rear outboard seats are folded, an executive-style ¡°premier seat¡± in the rear center.

The interior is also designed for a self-driving world. The steering wheel retracts in autonomous mode and the front seats pivot inward to face the rear seats. The dashboard is dominated by a large, thin instrument panel with four screens and the steering wheel.

The Nissan IMq crossover concept uses the brand¡¯s e-Power hybrid system, which combines an electric drivetrain with a gasoline engine that generates electricity. The engine doesn¡¯t directly turn the wheels. Instead, the electric motor does, making the IMq drive with all the instant, linear acceleration of a full electric vehicle. E-Power is offered as an option in Japan in the Note compact car and Serena family van.

The IMq, unveiled last month at the Geneva auto show, combines a 1.5-liter turbocharged engine with a multimotor awd layout.

At the Shanghai show, Nissan will showcase several current Nissan models, including the Lannia, Tiida, GT-R and Leaf EV. Crossovers -- the Kicks, Murano, Patrol, Qashqai, Terra and X-Trail -- will round out the vehicles on display.

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