After last week’s teaser, Nissan has unveiled the IDS concept which will premiere tomorrow at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show.

After last week’s teaser, Nissan has unveiled the IDS concept which will premiere tomorrow at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show.

Nissan is giving us a taste of what’s to come for the second generation Leaf as the IDS concept is an all-electric hatchback that takes advantage of a full carbon fiber body and has a low roof height of just 1,380 mm. They wanted to maximize interior cabin space which is why the wheels are positioned close to the corners of the body to enable a longer wheelbase providing enough cabin room for up to four adults. Speaking of the wheels, these have a layered design and come wrapped in thin 175 tires meant to minimize air and roll resistance.

The front grille was shaped to mimic a stack of ice blocks and has a pattern that makes it look transparent and blends nicely with the bluish satin silver body. As for the rear end, it appears quite sporty with the roof-mounted spoiler and boomerang shaped taillights, but the tailgate seems to be hugely impractical as the opening appears to be very narrow.

Once you get inside, there are actually two cabin configurations depending on whether Manual Drive or Piloted Drive is selected. If manual mode is on, the driver is in control of the car and all of the seats face forward while up front the steering wheel is inspired by the reins from horse riding and there’s also a head up display providing all the relevant data the driver will need. In this mode, the ambient lighting is blue which according to Nissan helps the driver concentrate better.

Put the concept into Piloted Drive mode, the steering wheel recedes into the instrument panel’s center and then a big screen comes out. All four seats will rotate slightly inward to create the feeling of a living room and there’s also soft light illumination to make everyone feel nice and cozy.

The IDS concept comes with a large 60 kWh battery which has enough juice for long journeys, but Nissan doesn’t specify an exact range although it should be quite generous given the low weight of the vehicle granted by the all carbon fiber body.

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