6.3.2019Nissan IMq concept launches e-Power in Europe
Nissan's Geneva stand was dominated by the IMq, a new concept presented in Switzerland, and one that previews both design ideas and powertrain roll-out.
A family-sized crossover, the consensus is that the IMq's styling previews that set to be found on the next-generation Qashqai. That best-seller will feature significantly toned down design features, but the intentions are there.
Under the skin is something more tangible, with Nissan's e-Power system fitted. This is a curious system for Europe in that it's a range-extended electric vehicle, but not a plug-in EV. The current generation of e-Power was launched a couple of years ago in Japan, and has sold very well, and this updated version is now set to be brought to other markets too.
The electric motors put out 250 kW and 700 Nm of torque, with power going to all four wheels. A 1.5 litre petrol engine is there solely as an on-board generator to charge the battery, rather than directly drive the wheels.
Nissan's e-Power system will be made available in the company's best-selling models in the coming three years. In Japan, 70% of Note sales and almost half of Serena sales are e-power models. As such, seeing e-Power available in the likes of the Micra, Juke, and Qashqai is far from fanciful - though models are yet to be confirmed.