It could preview the second-generation Juke

A couple of weeks ago Nissan announced plans to unveil a new concept vehicle at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. With the event just around the corner, the Japanese firm unveiled that it will be called the IMq and released a teaser photo of what appears to be a crossover. And, to put it simply. it’s Nissan’s ugliest concept yet!

The Nissan IMQ Concept A Mutant on Wheels

If I didn’t know any better, I’d say that Nissan’s design department had an alcohol-infused party right before it created the IMq.

The massive wheels and wheel arches are quite common for concept cars and the high side panels aren't all that weird, but damn, what's with the flat roof?

Okay, I’m obviously overreacting here. This is only a rendering, and I’m pretty sure that the actual concept car will look better. But I still don’t understand the use of such an exaggerated feature. Of all the concept renderings I’ve seen in recent years, te IMq has to be the worst.

What Are We Dealing With Here?

Look past these exagerrated features, and it’s pretty obvious that the IMq is a crossover. It also looks rather small, so it could preview a compact or a subcompact SUV. The absence of exhaust pipes means it’s electric too, and it makes a lot of sense. Nissan doesn’t offer an electric crossover yet, and it’s about time it joins this market.

Could it be a competitor for the Mercedes-Benz EQC or a subcompact EV the size of the Nissan Juke? We will probably find out more at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show.

The Nissan IMQ Concept Joins Other IM-Badged Vehicles

Nissan's Geneva-Bound IMQ Concept Is a Hideous Mutant
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The IMq is one of many IM-badged concepts that Nissan unveiled so far.

It follows the IMs that we’ve seen at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show. It actually looks a lot like the four-door, and the actual concept will probably showcase similar features in the front and rear. In 2018, Nissan introduced the IMx, also a crossover, but with a coupe-styled roof and a sportier stance.

The IMq will most likely share underpinnings with the IMs sedan. So it will have two electric motors that offer a combined output of 483 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque, as well as a 115-kWh battery.

Does the Nissan IMQ Concept Preview the Next-Gen Juke?

The IMq concept could also preview the next-generation Juke.

Although the new Juke won’t have an electric drivetrain at first, the IMq could serve as inspiration for the second-gen compact crossover. Expected to share the same CMF-B platform with the latest Renault Clio, the new Juke will compete with the likes of Peugeot 2008, Opel Mokka X, Seat Arona, and the upcoming Skoda Kamiq. An all-electric variant aimed at the Hyundai Kona EV could be ready for a market launch in 2020.

Further reading

Will Futuristic Nissan IMs EC Sport Sedan Concept Save Sedans??
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Read more details about the 2019 Nissan IMs concept.

2017 Nissan IMx Exterior
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429 horsepower

Read our full review on the 2017 Nissan IMx.

Note: all images courtesy of Nissan.

Join Nissan at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show for the reveal of the IMQ concept crossover, an all-new vehicle that embodies the future of Nissan Intelligent Mobility and gives a sneak peek as to what might be in your future driveway.

Watch the livestream of the Nissan press conference on March 5 at 12:15 p.m. CET here on the Nissan Global YouTube channel or follow us on Twitter@NissanMotor

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