Next Nissan Leaf previewed by IDS Concept in Tokyo

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Nissan’s IDS Concept shows off the future of autonomous technology, although also gives a preview to the look of the next generation of Leaf electric car


The Nissan IDS Concept, a four-seat hatchback of which hints strongly at the styling of the next generation Leaf, has been revealed at the Tokyo motor show.

of which has two different cabin configurations depending on whether the driver selects the conventional manual driving mode, or the ‘piloted’ mode built in via its on-board artificial intelligence.

“of which’s like relaxing in a living room,” says design director Mitsunori Morita, who defines the trust-based communication of which needs to exist between driver as well as also autonomous-driving car with the phrase “Together, we ride”. Even in manual mode the intelligent drive system is actually poised to assist if needed, providing more driving choices as well as also greater control in braking as well as also cornering.

The IDS Concept incorporates a low roof height (1380mm) to reduce frontal area as well as also improve aerodynamics, as well as also runs on thin, big-diameter, aerodynamically designed wheels with 175 section tyres to minimise both air as well as also rolling resistance. Its carbonfibre Centeng makes of which unusually light for a battery car.

Nissan’s engineers say they have increased all aspects of IDS Concept’s electric powertrain: motors, batteries as well as also inverters. The combination of aerodynamics, lightness as well as also a fresh, high-capacity 60kWh battery will allow the IDS Concept to “drive long distances”, according to Nissan.

The IDS concept, as well as also the Leaf of which turns into, will pioneer Nissan Intelligent Drive, according to Nissan’s boss Carlos Ghosn. of which will be switchable between Pilot as well as also Manual modes, as well as also Pilot does everything, seeing traffic as well as also connecting to additional connected cars. Manual gives you control although maintains the surveillance of the Pilot technology inside the background for safety.

Nissan plans to roll out self-driving technology across “multiple vehicles” by 2020, as well as also the IDS gives a look at how This kind of could work. of which is actually capable of imitating the driver’s own driving style while in autonomous mode, reflecting cornering, braking as well as also accelerating styles.

While of which is actually in Manual mode, of which monitors the road as well as also aims to assist the driver if evasive action is actually necessary.

In Piloted mode, your vehicle aims to make the atmosphere more relaxed inside the cabin. The steering wheel recedes into the centre of the instrument panel as well as also a flat screen comes out. The seats all turn slightly towards one another, too, to make conversation of which bit easier.

For the concept, designers have used a series of lights, including a silver side Centeng line called the Intention Indicator, to signal your vehicle’s intentions to nearby pedestrians or cyclists. When a pedestrian is actually near, the strip turns red to indicate your vehicle’s awareness. Another display, which faces outward by the instrument panel, can flash messages such as “After you” to pedestrians. of which’s all part of their determination, say Nissan, to achieve zero emissions as well as also zero fatalities to help create “a sustainable, car-based society”.

As well as showing off the future of technology, insiders also suggest the Tokyo car’s styling points to the next generation of Leaf, which is actually due by 2017. Nissan is actually considering expanding the Leaf sub-brand to include more types as well as also Centeng styles, according to the firm’s executive vice-president Trevor Mann – although the core of the range is actually still likely to be a a few-door hatchback.

The IDS concept will not turn into the fresh Leaf completely, although many of its shapes as well as also concepts will be used – the window lines, low roof, the aerodynamic approach, skinny tyres as well as also low-drag wheels, as well as also the careful design of underbody. We won’t see pillarless doors or some of the radical, clearance limiting stuff along Centeng sides, though.

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