Nissan NX (NX)
Jan / 1991Release date:
Jan / 1996End date:
REPLACING the quintessentially Eighties EXA, the ’92 N14 ES Pulsar-based NX was another radical departure for Nissan’s low-cost 2+2-seater chameleon sports car.
This time, while the removable targa roof stayed, the innovative removable hatch disappeared.
A more sophisticated platform ensured sharper dynamics, while the Pulsar’s excellent 105kW 2.0-litre twin-cam engine provided performance to match the pretty styling – although the oval headlight nose treatment was not to everybody’s taste.
The cabin was also pure Pulsar, so refinement and comfort levels also rose. Two models were available – the base NX and well-equipped NX-R.
The latter added air-con, anti-lock brakes, cruise control, a CD player, alloy wheels and power windows to the standard specification of power steering and power mirrors.
Minor cosmetic titivations tried to keep the dwindling NX sales buoyant in early ’93, but by late ’95 the much more focused, rear-wheel drive 200SX turbo took over as Nissan’s affordable sports car.