Nissan Design Europe boss Mamoru Aoki thinks that Nissan IMx is not just a concept car, in his opinion the concept car will become a breakthrough model. “Nissan IMx is not just a concept car. In a few years, it will appear in production.” “I think the production version of the IMx concept will become a breakthrough model” says Nissan Design Europe boss Mamoru Aoki. Last October Nissan debuted a concept at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show with a longer driving range and more power than Leaf. The car is called IMx which was built on the same platform as the second-generation Nissan Leaf. Nissan calls the car self-driving electric SUV : self-driving technology ProPilot. The first vehicle with a ProPilot system is the new Leaf, although the Leaf’s system is still very basic as it is only designed to control the distance to the vehicle in front while in a single lane, using a speed preset by the driver (between about 18 mph and 62 mph). A fully self-driving ProPilot system is still years or possibly even decades away. The IMx concept has a 372-mile range and its dual electric motors generate a combined 429 horsepower and 516 lb-ft. of torque. Nissan also revealed an updated version of the IMx, called the IMx Kuro concept at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this month. Unlike the Leaf, the IMx has a substantial range of 373 miles on a single charge, made possible by a specially developed high-density battery stored in the vehicle floor. “The interior is notably bigger than with a conventional vehicle and there’s much more usable space, thanks to the totally flat floor allowed by the battery pack. The dashboard is also pushed right back [towards the windscreen] because the HVAC unit is under the bonnet.” Nissan hasn’t confirmed when its new electric SUV will arrive. Nissan also used the Tokyo Motor Show to unveil a Nismo-enhanced Leaf concept and announce a commitment to the Formula E Championship. Nissan will become the first Japanese automaker in the sport when it replaces its alliance partner Renault in the 2018/2019 season of the electric car racing series.