Nissan IMQ concept previews new hybrid Qashqai

New Nissan IMQ concept previews next-generation hybrid Qashqai in due 2021, as e-Power is confirmed for Europe

The Nissan IMQ concept has been revealed at the Geneva Motor Show, previewing the next generation of the successful Qashqai SUV with a cleaner hybrid powertrain.

The concept features a similar version of the e-Power setup used on the Nissan Note – Japan’s best-selling car – where a 1.2-litre engine is used to generate electricity to power an electric motor.

Meanwhile, the Japanese manufacturer has confirmed that it will bring its hybrid e-Power system to Europe in 2022.

In the case of the IMQ concept, a 1.5-litre engine acts as its generator, with two electric motors combining to produce 335bhp and 700Nm of torque. With a motor on each axle, the IMQ concept will be four-wheel drive.

Nissan isn’t releasing performance or economy targets at this stage, but it claims that the hybrid IMQ’s CO2 emissions will be significantly lower than those of a purely petrol-powered SUV.

At 4,558mm, the IMQ concept is 164mm longer the current Qashqai, as well as being 134mm wider. It’s also 30mm lower, with the roofline dropping towards a large spoiler hanging over the rear end.

The exterior of the concept looks dramatic, with lamellas (closely grouped lines) visible on the grille and elsewhere. These are designed to improve the aerodynamics around the car.

The exhausts at the rear of the IMQ are disguised by more lamellas, suggesting that the powertrain will emit significantly less CO2 than conventional models. Other features include 22-inch alloy wheels, rear-hinged doors and a 'floating' glass roof.

While elements of the exterior could make it onto the production car, the interior of the IMQ is far less revealing. Four seats hover above the floor, while a structural beam runs through the middle of the cabin.

On-board technology includes an 840mm screen, with a second screen housing the Virtual Personal Assistant feature used to control functions like navigation and climate control.