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Nissan’s IMk concept is a futuristic kei car

Published: 01 October 2019 Updated: 21 October 2019

► IMk concept is tomorrow’s city car
► New dinky EV platform underneath
► Expected at the 2019 Tokyo show

Nissan has just pulled the covers off a new concept car: the IMk. This cutesy kei car-esque pod is an all-electric commuter car for the near future.

It’s expected to debut at the 2019 Tokyo motor show and it is jam packed with all of the concept car buzzwords; it’s connected, it’s electric, it’s semi-autonomous.

It’s also a cube with some wheels on…

Yes, that too. It’s designed with the city commuter in mind with its diminutive footprint and cube-like shape. It’s finished in a very on-trend copper colour scheme, has some cool plus-sign wheels and a different take on Nissan’s usual V-motion grille. At the rear, Nissan says the lights are ‘trellised’ and designed to look like the housings have been fashioned out of wood.

Nissan IMk interior

Nissan also throws around words like ‘café’ and ‘lounge’ when talking about the interior. The only physical switches are the starter and drive select shifter. Traditional ‘kigumi’ Japanese woodworking is incorporated into the door inserts.

Simple bench seating and a clean dashboard make it all seem a bit minimalist from behind the wheel.

Any clever tech?

Well, the IMk uses a new fully electric platform underneath and Nissan’s semi-autonomous ProPilot tech means you can remote park it from your smartphone. Energy grid integration tech means your urban pod can use some of its battery to power your home and use car-to-x technology to make it, and indeed you, more aware of the surrounding area.

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By Jake Groves

CAR's deputy news editor, gamer, serial Lego-ist, lover of hot hatches