2019 Tokyo Motor Show

At the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show, Nissan showcased cutting-edge technologies with the unveil of the Ariya Concept and IMk concept. These concepts hint at the new direction of Nissan’s design language and how it helps bring to life Nissan Intelligent Mobility - the brand’s vision for changing how vehicles are powered, driven and connected to society.

Nissan Ariya Concept

Embodying the future of Nissan Intelligent Mobility
All-electric crossover showcases brand’s new direction for the age of autonomous driving

  • The latest version of Nissan's award-winning driver assistance system, ProPILOT 2.0
  • e-4ORCE: A high-power, twin-motor, all-wheel control system
  • A new level of seamless human-machine interface connectivity

ProPILOT 2.0 combines navigated highway driving with hands-off single-lane driving capabilities. By engaging the vehicle's navigation system to help maneuver the car on a predefined route on designated roads, the system can assist the driver with passing, lane diversions and lane exiting on multi-lane highways.
ProPILOT 2.0 also enables hands-off driving while cruising in a given lane.1,2 When approaching a road diversion or preparing to pass another vehicle, the system judges the appropriate timing of branching off or passing based on information from the navigation system and 360-degree sensing.
The driver receives intuitive audio and visual guidance and is prompted to put both hands on the steering wheel and confirm the start of these operations via a switch. When driving with ProPILOT 2.0 engaged, the interior lighting changes colors to signal that hands-off driving is enabled, while creating a relaxing atmosphere.

Built with a high-performance, 100% electric drive system, the Nissan Ariya Concept delivers instant torque to the wheels from a dual front/rear motor drive configuration. This layout delivers balanced, predictable power to all four wheels, equal or better than many premium sports cars.
The Ariya Concept promises excellent cornering performance and traction on slippery surfaces such as snow and loose dirt, without drivers needing to change their driving style, steering input or even pedal position. It accomplishes this thanks to the high-power, twin-motor, all-wheel control system called e-4ORCE. Employing knowledge gained from years of vehicle control development - including the Nissan GT-R's ATTESA E-TS torque split system and the Nissan Patrol's intelligent 4X4 system - engineers created this new control system to manage the EV's power delivery and brakes automatically, ensuring smooth passage with minimal tire slippage. Drivers can maintain their driving posture and comfort, letting the system do all the work.

Combining advanced electric-vehicle technology with a new level of seamless human-machine interface connectivity, the Nissan Ariya Concept offers an entirely new driving experience.

  1. Hands-off driving is possible when driving in a single lane, on the condition that the driver remains attentive on the road ahead and is prepared to immediately take manual control of the steering wheel when conditions of the road, traffic and vehicle require it.
  2. The hands-off feature is not available in tunnels where a GPS signal cannot be established, on expressways without a physical separation that divides the traffic moving in opposite directions, on winding roads, in tollgate areas or merging lanes. When entering a road section where hands-off driving is not available, the system will alert in advance so the driver can take manual control of vehicle steering.

Seamless integration

Intuitive technology allows the Ariya Concept to fit seamlessly into the driver's daily life, on-board and off-board, providing the freedom and enjoyment of mobility anytime and anywhere.

Door to Door Navigation allows anyone to set a destination on their smartphone, transfer it to the Ariya Concept and have the vehicle's navigation system continue offering directions. If the final destination is reached by foot, the system will transfer the remaining route back to the driver's smartphone.

When approaching the Ariya Concept, the driver is greeted with a welcome light as the vehicle unlocks automatically, eliminating the need to fumble with a key fob. Even before getting inside, settings such as the driver's seat position and climate controls are adjusted to the driver's personal preferences, which the driver can save to a smartphone as a unique profile. The car can sync with the driver's schedule to anticipate departure times and prepare the vehicle to be climate-controlled and ready to hit the road - maximizing driving range by using grid power to heat or cool the car.

Once the driver is inside, the Virtual Personal Assistant can help look up information and locate parking, so that the driver can keep their eyes on the road.

If the plan includes picking up friends along the way, an integrated video chat feature can help confirm details before setting off. It can also link with their smartphones and the Ariya Concept's center information display to show their exact location.

While traveling, the Nissan Ariya Concept's Smart Route Planner automatically identifies and plots charging stops along the way, ensuring that the driver arrives at the desired destination, whether near or far.

Excellent power storage management allows for long-distance driving, without lengthy charging times interrupting travel plans. When it's time to charge, the Ariya Concept uses CHAdeMO quick charging to energize the battery swiftly and conveniently. The charging port unlocks upon the driver's approach and uses distinct colors to show the vehicle's charge status at a glance.

Upon arrival at their destination, drivers can use a smartphone or dedicated device to park the car automatically from a nearby location, thanks to ProPILOT Remote Park. This can be of help to passengers who need additional space or assistance to exit the car.

Firmware Over The Air (FOTA) technology provides constant, hassle-free updates for the navigation system, graphic user interface and driving characteristics to ensure the car is running effectively and has the latest versions and features, keeping the driver's experience fresh and enjoyable.

When parked at the office or home, the Ariya Concept supports Nissan Energy technology. The technology makes it possible to connect with energy systems to charge the EV battery, power homes and businesses, and even selling energy back to the power grid. Nissan Energy helps drivers fully harness the Ariya Concept's capabilities by expanding its use from just driving to include every aspect of life.

Nissan IMk concept

An EV for fashionable, urban commuters

The IMk concept is a concept car that combines chic design, cutting-edge technologies and powerful EV acceleration in a compact body to create the "ultimate urban commuter."

Autonomous functions that enhance driver confidence

  • Equipped with the latest ProPILOT advanced driver assistance technologies
  • ProPILOT Remote Park with valet parking feature

The Nissan IMk concept represents another step toward fully autonomous driving. It comes with the latest technologies to assist drivers in a wide range of environments, from expressways to city streets and parking lots.
The smartphone-enabled ProPILOT Remote Park feature with valet parking feature can search for a parking space automatically after you and your passengers step out of the car. When you’re ready to hit the road again, a simple tap of a button brings the car to you.
Among the other notable functions is the latest driver assistance technology, built off an advanced version of ProPILOT 2.0, which helps make driving safer, more pleasant and enjoyable for drivers by combining navigated highway driving with hands-off single-lane driving capabilities.

Smooth, powerful performance in a small body

  • An all-new EV platform

The Nissan IMk concept offers a purely-electric alternative for customers who desire a compact vehicle suited for a sprawling metropolis.
The concept car's extremely quiet operation and low center of gravity gives urban commuters a smooth and powerful driving experience. The electric motor delivers excellent acceleration and a high level of responsiveness that’s effective in stop-and-go traffic and even on steep slopes.

Connecting drivers to the world

  • Driver authentication and personal settings linked with smartphone
  • Seamless schedule syncing with route management (off-board and on-board)
  • Nissan Energy Share (Vehicle-to-Home)
  • Invisible-to-Visible technology (I2V)

The IMk concept keeps occupants constantly and seamlessly plugged in with the latest connectivity technology.
A driver can link to the car with a smartphone to authenticate their identity, automatically apply personal settings – such as seat position, interior lighting and climate controls - and plan their commute.
Before leaving on a trip, the IMk concept informs the driver of the best departure time via smartphone, taking into consideration variables such as traffic congestion. After arriving and valet parking itself, the vehicle can seamlessly integrate with a home energy system and use spare battery capacity to balance home energy needs, using Nissan Energy Share (Vehicle-to-Home).
While on the trip, occupants can enjoy Nissan's Invisible-to-Visible (I2V) technology. Merging information from sensors outside and inside the vehicle with data from the cloud, I2V technology can track the vehicle's immediate surroundings and anticipate what's ahead, even showing what's behind a building or around the corner. Guidance is given in an interactive, human-like way, including via an avatar that appears inside the car.