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The cute and practical Nissan IMk concept is a next-generation kei car

It’s perfectly usable in the city (and pretty safe, too)

The concept vehicle looks like a baby Juke, doesn’t it? PHOTO FROM NISSAN

Nissan has been proudly showcasing its Intelligent Mobility suite of driver-assist technologies in a lot of the vehicles it sells worldwide. In fact, such safety and convenience features can be had in certain variants of the automaker’s products in our market, such as the Terra and the Navara. In a bid to make these systems more widespread across a variety of vehicle types, Nissan is giving the kei car some Intelligent Mobility treatment.

This measures 3,434mm from bumper to bumper. PHOTOS FROM NISSAN

Enter the IMk electric concept. Its cute, boxy profile is clearly targeted at Japan’s specialized city-car segment. The overhangs beside the X-spoke wheels are almost nonexistent, maximizing the available wheelbase. In place of Nissan’s signature radiator grille is a V-shaped shield with multiple slats, a sign of things to come as far as the brand’s future products are concerned.

Amazingly, this car is capable of remote valet parking. PHOTOS FROM NISSAN

Also a sign of things to come is the amount of tech crammed into the little IMk. It comes with an iteration of Nissan’s ProPilot driver-support system, allowing the vehicle to be operated hands-free. This lets occupants interact with the I2V (Invisible-to-Visible) virtual world via in-cabin holographic displays and variable mood lighting. While kei cars are already some of the easiest rides to park in tight spaces, the IMk makes parking less of a chore with the ProPilot’s autonomous parking feature, which can be operated through a smartphone app.

The IMk keeps users connected to the digital world. PHOTOS FROM NISSAN

The Nissan IMk is simply continuing the company’s pioneering work in electric vehicles like the very popular Leaf. It may one day be the kei car to get, just as the Leaf is the EV of choice at the moment.

Miggi Solidum

Miggi is an editor-at-large at VISOR. Professionally speaking, he is a software engineering dude who happens to like cars a lot. And as an automotive enthusiast, he wants a platform from which he can share his motoring thoughts with fellow petrolheads. He writes the 'G-Force' column.