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Nissan IDx gets green light
Sporty number: One version of these two slick Nissan IDx show cars will soon become a full-fledged road car.
Fans of Silvia and 200SX celebrate, as low-cost Nissan sports coupe is go
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15 January 2014
NISSAN has confirmed that the Tokyo motor show-starring IDx Concept will find
its way to production sometime within the next two years.
Speaking to GoAuto at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit
this week, Nissan Motor Company executive vice president Andy Palmer said the
rear-wheel drive 2+2 seater coupe would slot in well below the current 370Z
sports car in terms of pricing, positioning and size.
However, he stopped short of revealing which drivetrain choices would be
on the production version, while the name of the coupe remains a mystery.
Intriguingly, Mr Palmer made the distinction of singling out just one of the
two IDx concept vehicles as a manufacturing certainty, as there are two
versions of the show-car that originally debuted on the
Nissan stand back in November.
“We’ve made a decision on one of those two,” he said.
“One of those two will go into what we call our ‘midterm plan’. Now whether we
do both remains to be seen. I am not saying that we won’t do both, but we
definitely will do one of them.
“I’d sit in somewhere … where 200SX/Silvia used to sit.”
As first shown in Tokyo, both IDx concepts were featured side-by-side in
The first, dubbed the IDx Freeflow, is a more accessible and eco-minded version
that is designed to use a choice engines from the 1.2-litre to 1.5-litre
bracket, as well as a CVT continuously variable transmission.
Next to it was essentially the same vehicle but with Nismo – as in Nissan’s
Motorsport arm – enhancements and badging. It included a significantly more
aggressive look with racing-inspired paintwork, bulging wheelarches and a
larger wheel and tyre package. It features a 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbo
petrol engine driving the rear wheels via a CVT with paddle-shifts.
The IDx Freeflow is described as “a casual/lifestyle-focused vision” while the
IDx Nismo is “an ultra-sporty model of the future that looks as if it came
directly from a driving simulator.”
Hinting at the development of some sort of Datsun Silvia/200SX successor some
months before the IDX Concept debuted in Japan late last year, Mr Palmer said
Nissan was keen to create cars “for Gen Xs and Gen Ys.”
The veteran engineer added that the production cars would not stray too far
from the show cars.
“Yes, I mean they do resemble obviously a [Datsun] 510, that wasn’t deliberate
at the outset,” he said.
“We went into a collaborative process to see what youth would like in a car,
and that collaboration with about 100 individuals took us to the 510 retro
look. So obviously if that’s where the product planning process has taken us,
the execution won’t be too far away from what that looks like.”
Nissan’s announcement may have been timed to coincide with Kia’s unveiling of
its answer to the Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ twins (that the IDx Concept is
clearly meant to compete against) – the show-stealing Kia GT4 Stinger Concept.
Although the South Korean turbo rear-drive sports coupe is still officially a
design study for now, Kia president Peter Schreyer was vocal in his desire to
see it in production in the near future.