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Nissan IMk concept unveiled

Electric city car concept features a lounge-like interior and the company's new Timeless Japanese Futurism design theme.
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The Nissan IMk electric concept car has been unveiled ahead of its in-the-flesh debut at the 2019 Tokyo motor show.

While the IMk looks for all the world like an electric kei car, it measures 3434mm long, 1512mm long, and 1644mm tall, making it fractionally too long and wide to qualify for Japan's stringent kei car regulations.

According to Nissan, the IMk rides on a new electric vehicle platform, although it has yet to provide any details about the car's power, torque, range or charging capabilities.

Satoru Tai, Nissan's executive design director, calls the IMk a "luxury small EV" with a design that's "interwoven with Japanese culture" and "unconstrained by conventional concepts of the kei car segment".

The IMk is also said to embody the company's new Timeless Japanese Futurism design philosophy. Slightly updated versions of the company's badge and typeface are used throughout the vehicle.

The car's cabin is inspired by lounges and cafes, and features bench seating, light fabric for the dashboard and seats, wood slats on the doors, dark coffee-colour carpets, and plenty of copper highlights.

A transparent display for the infotainment and instrumentation systems sits on the dashboard.

The only physical controls are the starter button, transmission shifter, and wiper and indicator stalks. A touchscreen panel is used for the climate control system, and capacitive buttons are employed for the steering wheel controls.

Driver assistance technologies, including remote parking via a smartphone app and hands-off single lane highway driving, are fitted to the IMk.