Looks like: An autonomous electric car that’s not weird, unless you think those all-wheel-drive “four-door coupes” so beloved by European luxury brands (e.g., the BMW X6) are weird
Defining characteristics: Sleek, chiseled styling wrapped around a lounge-like interior with a video gamer’s dashboard
Ridiculous features: Rear seat converts to a central BarcaLounger throne for autonomous commuting; augmented-reality front “passenger” avatar to keep lonely occupants company
Chance of being mass-produced: Slim as an overall concept. Minus the more exotic details, the shapely exterior and electric drivetrain could hit the road tomorrow, but the interior is strictly show business.
Nissan is not pitching its new IMs all-wheel-drive electric concept car as an SUV, a body style being stretched beyond recognition these days — nor did it adopt the even fuzzier logic of “four-door-coupe,” though it resembles one. Instead, the automaker says that the IMs concept unveiled at the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit is starting its own new category: the “elevated sports sedan.”
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