Nissan Shows Dealers Imx-inspired Ev Crossover For U.s.

Nissan shows dealers IMx-inspired EV crossover for U.S.

The next phase of Nissan's EV plans for the U.S. are finally taking shape, although we're not yet privy to the exact contours of those plans. Automotive News reports that the Japanese carmaker previewed a compact EV crossover for U.S. dealers last month, expected to be the production version of the IMx concept shown at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show, and perhaps with a touch of the chunkier IMx Kuro concept thrown in. According to dealers at the preview, the crossover will be roughly the size of a Rogue with the cabin space of the larger Murano, seat five, dash to 60 miles per hour in fewer than five seconds and run for 300 miles on a charge. Built on a new, dedicated platform, the people hauler will be one of eight new all-electric models to be launched globally over the coming years, but it isn't expected here until late 2021.  AN claimed the production vehicle's look are only "loosely based" on the IMx concept, with one change being a shorter hood on the retail model. The powertrain will undoubtedly come in for revision as well, the IMx concept's twin-motor system putting out 429 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque, turning both axles on the way to a 373-mile range. Even with advances in battery tech, those figures would likely put the crossover beyond the mainstream pricing Nissan would target. The carmaker didn't reveal battery capacity at the dealer meeting, but AN estimates a pack with as much as 85 kWh.  The tech suite sounds closer to the IMx, though. The previewed crossover took the same minimalist approach as Tesla and Porsche, a dealer telling AN the only visible button on the instrument panel is "a pulsating start button." A high-res digital instrument cluster lights up when that button is pushed. If Nissan can get the high-res, 3D, centimeter-scale digital maps it needs in time for production, the next-generation ProPilot should feature. That could bring hands-free highway driving from on-ramp to off-ramp, the ability to pass cars without driver input, and the ability to take directions from the navigation system.     A production concept could make an appearance at next month's Tokyo Motor Show. If that happens, the Nissan will join possible production previews of the Mazda Vision Coupe, next-gen Subaru BRZ/Toyota 86, Acura NSX Type R, and Honda EV Sports concept as must-see cars. 

Footage Shows Oil Spillng From Factory In Saga

Footage shows oil spillng from factory in Saga

Video footage taken by a Ground Self-Defense Force helicopter shows a huge amount of what appears to be oil spilling out of an ironworks factory in Saga Prefecture, western Japan.

The aerial footage taken at around noon on Wednesday shows roads near the factory flooded with dirty water and a pool of black liquid in parts of the factory in Omachi Town.

Xbox Boss Shows Camaraderie By Saying E3 Isn't As Good Without Sony's Presence

Xbox Boss Shows Camaraderie By Saying E3 Isn't As Good Without Sony's Presence

It’s no secret that as far as consoles are concerned, Microsoft and Sony are rivals with their Xbox and PlayStation platforms respectively. For years, both companies have enjoyed a healthy rivalry and it shows, especially this year where Xbox boss Phil Spencer showed his competition some camaraderie.

Speaking in an interview with Giant Bomb, Spencer was quoted as saying, “I wish Sony was here. E3 is not as good when they’re not here.” For those unfamiliar, Sony was not present at E3 2019. The company had confirmed back in 2018 that they would not be making an appearance at E3 this year.

Sony Shows Demo Of Playstation 5 Load Times

Sony Shows Demo Of PlayStation 5 Load Times

Sony may not be coming to E3 in 2019 but the company has been revealing bits and pieces of information about the next-generation gaming console that it’s working on. It has previously been confirmed that the PlayStation 5 will feature SSD storage, 3D audio, and 8K graphics support in addition to backward compatibility with current PS4 games. Sony has now provided a demo of the PlayStation 5 load times and they’re impressive, to say the least.

The shift from HDD to SSD storage would have understandably contributed to the improvement in load times but one also has to factor in the other hardware improvements which will speed up load times significantly.

2020 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Shows Its Big, New Face In America

2020 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport shows its big, new face in America

The 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport initially showed us its new sheetmetal at the Geneva Motor Show, but we got a chance to check out the vehicle in the flesh at the company's research and development center in Ann Arbor, Mich., today. Nearly everything we learned about the Outlander Sport (known as the ASX in other markets) before applies to the North American version of the vehicle.

However, one aspect we were uncertain of was the continued presence of the manual transmission. We asked, and Mitsubishi is officially dropping the stick shift version of the Outlander Sport with this update. It was previously only available on the base trim level, exclusively paired with the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. Mitsubishi was one of the last holdouts to offer a manual transmission option in the small crossover market, and now they're officially out. Three-pedal versions of the Outlander Sport represented just 2% of total model sales, so the business case just wasn't there anymore.

Infiniti Qs Inspiration Shows Itself Before Auto Shanghai

Infiniti Qs Inspiration shows itself before Auto Shanghai

Infiniti's shown off a bit of the Qs Inspiration concept before debuting the creased contrivance at Auto Shanghai next week. The concept serves a few purposes, the first to reimagine a future for sports sedans on a planet of crossovers and SUVs. The result blends a fastback with high sides that connect low ground clearance below and an elevated seating position above.

The Japanese luxury maker is all about sedans, the Qs Inspiration signaling how a carmaker watching the bottom line can maintain its interest in the passe bodystyle. The concept previews a production model, and perhaps the design language and lingo we'll see spreading through the range.

Sharp Shows Off Prototype Vertically Foldable Smartphone

Sharp Shows Off Prototype Vertically Foldable Smartphone

In 2019, we saw the official launch of the foldable smartphone concept where companies such as Samsung and Huawei have come forward with foldable smartphone concepts of their own. Clearly they are not alone and according to a recent video, it looks like Sharp could be interested in such devices as well.

The video above shows off a prototype from Sharp in which instead of a display folding outwards vertically like we’ve seen from Samsung and Huawei, Sharp has opted for a display the folds vertically. The display in question is said to measure 6.18-inches with a resolution of 1440×3040.