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Nissan IMs blends sedan, SUV virtues into a Detroit Show star

This all-electric, autonomous sedan features sleek looks, SUV-height seating and a 3D-printed cabin with virtual avatar.

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Chris Paukert
Following stints in TV news production and as a record company publicist, Chris spent most of his career in automotive publishing. Mentored by Automobile Magazine founder David E. Davis Jr., Paukert succeeded Davis as editor-in-chief of Winding Road, a pioneering e-mag, before serving as Autoblog's executive editor from 2008 to 2015. Chris is a Webby and Telly award-winning video producer and has served on the jury of the North American Car and Truck of the Year awards. He joined the CNET team in 2015, bringing a small cache of odd, underappreciated cars with him.
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The Nissan IMs Concept is an all-wheel drive, electric sedan with a raised ride height.

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The IMs looks like a hatchback, but it's a sedan that's about the same size as today's Maxima.

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This show car boasts Level 4 hardware, meaning it's possible to drive the car manually, or leave it to its own devices in autonomous mode. 

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The IMs' two-motor electric powertrain produces 483 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque. 

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The IMs' sleek roofline calls to mind the Audi A7 or the Tesla Model S, but the car still looks original.

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The car's dynamic exterior LED lighting turns blue when in self-driving mode, and it uses pulses of light to display its intent to other motorists and pedestrians.

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The IMs is purely a concept for the moment -- Nissan isn't talking about production.

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The dashboard features a 3D-printed substructure designed to evoke Japan's Kumiko, a traditional art form that uses wooden slates to create intricate patterns.

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A deployable steering wheel powers forth from the instrument panel to enable manual driving.

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A reconfigurable cabin features a rear "Emperor's chair" for relaxing in fully autonomous mode.

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The front seats can be rotated inward to facilitate conversation with other passengers when in self-driving mode.

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Super-slim seat structures are clad not in leather, but in technical fabric woven with gold strands.

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A massive 115-kWh battery is said to be good for 380 miles of range.

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The IMs' glass roof features a latticework pattern that's repeated in the dashboard, as well as the steering wheel and pedals.

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