Is Nissan reviving the IDS Concept car?
It was a full two years ago when we saw the Nissan IDS concept revealed at the 2016 North American International Auto Show. A lot has happened since then, and we won’t lie, we sort of forgot about it. The reason? Well, it seemed a little too futuristic to be true. Now, with competition to be the first automaker to produce an autonomous vehicle, it seems Nissan could be revving the IDS Concept car. Or at least, reminding us of it.
What’s unique about the Nissan IDS?
Some concepts seem doomed to stay concepts, but then we saw Nissan promote it on Twitter just yesterday. Why? Maybe we’re a little too enthusiastic here but with so much competition for a release of a model just like this one, we’re thinking Nissan might be considering ways to actually make it happen.
The original concept had a sort of interesting steering wheel vision that automatically folded into the dash to present those in the front seats with a friendly touchscreen interface instead. There are only four seats in the concept because, naturally, you want them to easily swivel so you can interact when the car is in self-driving mode. Other projected features included self-parking, pedestrian detection and signaling (to let pedestrians know it’s safe to walk), a massive digital dashboard and more.
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Last year, rumors went out that Nissan was working to produce an electric car that could have a range of up to 342 miles. It might be that the Leaf will merely be upgraded, after a redesign for this year, but then why remind us of the Nissan IDS? With the hint that the model “charges on the fly”? You likely know that current EVs take 30 minutes to charge up to 80 percent at fast charging stations.
We’re hoping this is a subtle hint at what to expect at the upcoming Geneva International Motor Show, but only time will tell. Stay tuned here at the Glendale Nissan Blog for updates.