The Qashqai is known as the Rogue Sport on our shores.The star of Nissan's stand at the ongoing Tokyo Auto Show is the IMx, a battery-electric concept that sheds insight into the company's future design language. The company recently suggested its newest show car could influence the next-generation Qashqai crossover.Alfonso Albaisa, Nissan's senior vice president of global design, told Auto Express the IMx (pictured) isn't a thinly-disguised next-generation Juke. It's a preview of a bigger model, and it looks about three years into the future. He didn't specifically name the Qashqai, but the model is a size bigger than the Juke and it's scheduled to get a replacement in about 2020.
Of course, Albaisa stressed the concept's design will be toned down considerably before it rolls off an assembly line. The finned front fenders won't reach production, and neither will the fastback-like roof line which would greatly compromise the Qashqai's practicality. And, those suicide doors? Forget about them; this isn't a Rolls-Royce.
The styling cues likely to remain are the sharp headlights and the bold rendition of Nissan's V-Motion grille. They'll bring the next-gen Qashqai (which is known as the Rogue Sport here) in line with the company's current design language. The newest Micra (a city car not sold in the United States) illustrates the direction Nissan could take the Qashqai in.