The IMx expands Nissan's vision for electric vehicles and autonomous driving.

Nissan has unveiled the IMx, an all-electric crossover concept built for fully autonomous driving The IMx is said to represent the Japanese automaker's approach to changing how people and cars communicate, and how cars interact with society.

In self-driving mode, the steering wheel is retracted into the dashboard and all seats are reclined to help occupants relax. When manual driving is re-engaged, the steering wheel deploys and all seats return to their original positions.

The IMx may be plush but it is no slouch in terms of performance. A pair of high-output electric motors sends 429 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque to all four wheels.

Nissan claims the crossover is capable of driving for 373 miles on a single charge, thanks to a next-generation battery with higher energy density.

The Japanese automaker has not announced any firm commitments to bring an IMx-like vehicle to market. Rumors suggest the new Leaf's platform could soon underpin a higher-riding model, which could take inspiration from the IMx design language.