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Nissan Debuts IMx Kuro Electric Crossover Concept in Geneva

Nissan Debuts IMx Kuro Electric Crossover Concept in Geneva

By Philly Murtha, March 06, 2018
This week at the Geneva International Motor Show, Nissan previewed the future of mobility with its IMx Kuro fierce-looking, electric crossover concept. The Kuro, first revealed at the Tokyo Motor Show last October, has been modified to reflect its name (Kuro means black in Japanese) with black trim, black wheels, a simplified stronger V-motion grille and dark gray body color to look nearly indestructible.

Intelligence ranks high in this concept with Nissan’s “Brain-to-Vehicle” (B2V) technology that takes signals from the driver to learn and assist autonomous and manual systems in the vehicle. Nissan’s ProPilot drive mode is the automaker’s latest autonomous driving system that stows the steering wheel in the dash and reclines all seats. When manual mode is reengaged, steering wheel and controls and seats return to original configuration. Drivers wear a device to measure brain wave activity to “predict and detect” or anticipate driver movements and actions.

Nissan’s IMx Kuro is powered by two electric motors at the front and rear that provide 320 kW power and 516 lb.-ft. of torque in an all-wheel-drive (AWD) system that allows the floor to be completely flat. This combination outperforms the Nissan GT-R supercar, according to Nissan officials. The new high-capacity lithium-ion battery supports a driving range of nearly 373 miles before recharging.

On the outside, IMx Kuro features sweeping character lines, broad surfaces and distinctive front fenders that create a layering effect. Inside, IMx Kuro is designed to create openness, with Japanese design simplicity. A panoramic instrument panel features a display of the outside environment as background. A wood-grain display below the instrument panel wraps around the interior to give passengers a natural Japanese paper screen-like setting. Seats feature a diagonal Japanese pattern and head rests are cut out like Japanese wooden puzzles.

In contrast to the open, natural Japanese interior, IMx Kuro’s advanced B2V technology with incorporated artificial intelligence (AI) enables the driver to control all instrument instruction with eye movements and hand gestures, which means there are fewer manual controls and switches to create a spacious passenger-oriented, comfortable transporter.
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