At the Tokyo auto show going on this week, Nissan has the iMx midsize electric SUV on its stand. It’s what everyone is looking for — compact size, dual motors with 429 horsepower combined, 516 pound-feet of torque, all-wheel drive, and most importantly, 372 miles of all-electric range. That’s according to the more than generous Japanese test cycle. Knock off about a third to get an idea what the EPA range would probably be. The iM part of the name stands for Intelligent Mobility, the technology that Nissan says will allow fully autonomous driving, self parking, and vehicle-to-grid connectivity that can help power a home or stabilize the local electrical grid.
So, is the iMx just a grownup version of the Nissan LEAF? No, not really. It is built on a new, dedicated electric vehicle chassis that will be the foundation for most of the 12 new electric cars chairman Carlos Ghosn says will arrive from Nissan by 2022. Other than some technology bits, it shares nothing with the LEAF. It is roughly the size of a current Nissan Rogue