Nissan has recently discovered to have filed a trademark filing for the “IMX”
name with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
The filing, discovered by Autoguide, was made on September 8
and specifies its use for vehicles, including electric vehicles.
The similarity with the IDx name used for a sports car concept unveiled at
the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show is obvious. This has led to speculation that
IMX will be the name of a similar sports car concept powered by an electric powertrain,
one possibly production-bound.
Nissan has previously shown electric sports car concepts in the form of 2011’s
Esflowand 2013’s BlideGlider. The BlideGlider tentatively confirmed
for production but the project never really got off the ground.
With the Renault Nissan Mitsubishi Alliance, last week confirmed plans to
add 12 electric cars by 2022, perhaps we could finally
see Nissan launch an electric sports car.
Of course, there are also rumors of Nissan unveiling an electric SUV
the concept at next month’s 2017 Tokyo Motor Show,
sharing a platform
with the recently revealed second-generation Leaf,
so it’s possible the IMX name could be used for this concept.
An SUV would be the most logical body style for Nissan’s next
electric car given the popularity of the segment.
It was only in May that a senior
Nissan executive confirmed that the automaker’s
next electric car will, in fact, be an SUV.