Thursday, November 14, 2019

Introduction of New EV Pushed to 2020

At the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show, Nissan showed of the stunning IMx concept car, and what a design it was. With knife-edged fenders and deep front air intakes up front and elaborate geometric taillamps, it was a futuristic vision of Nissan design. And we were told it could appear soon.

To add to the anticipation, the Nissan IMx concept boasts 430 horsepower and 516 pounds-feet of torque from twin electric motors. With that kind of motivation, the IMx, when it arrives, will chase upscale cars like the Jaguar I-Pace and the Tesla Model X, as well as new EV crossovers from Mercedes-Benz, Audi, BMW and perhaps even supercars like the Porsche Taycan. It’s expected to have a 250-mile range and feature an advanced version of Nissan’s ProPilot semi-autonomous driving platform.

Nissan IMx

Nissan IMx now expected in 2020

However, Nissan’s global design chief, Alfonso Albaisa, recently told Indian Autos Blog that the production car is still two years away. It is likely to appear as a 2020 model.

With crossovers all the rage, why wait? Electric CUVs are already here, and more are on the way in the next year or two. Nissan, which pioneered consumer EVs with the original Leaf in 2010, could be left behind. Since the car is supposed to sit on the existing second-generation Leaf platform, why couldn’t it debut sooner?

Perhaps, as a small volume halo car, it’s something to ease into, not jump into, while enjoying the halo benefit of an auto-show one-off concept. Meanwhile, EV enthusiasts will just have to cool their jets waiting for the 2020 Nissan IMx.

Steve Schaefer, a Contributing Editor and EV specialist at Smarticd, has written a weekly automotive column for 26 years, testing more than 1,250 cars. Now, he’s focusing on EVs and hybrids. Steve remembers the joy of riding in his father’s Austin-Healey. After discovering the August, 1963 issue of Motor Trend, he became entranced with the annual model change, and began stalking dealers’ back lots to catch the new models as they rolled off the transporter. Coming from a family that owned three Corvairs, Steve was one of the first Saturn buyers, earning him a prominent spot in their 1994 product catalogue. To continue the GM tradition, Steve has a Chevrolet Bolt EV. Steve is a founding member of the Western Automotive Journalists. Recently, Steve became a Climate Reality Leader, trained by Al Gore, and is focused on moving to EVs and 100% renewable energy. Currently he is working at a start-up dedicated to Read his EV/hybrid blog at

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