Nissan has confirmed its popular IDx concept will go into production, with the rear-drive coupe slated for a likely 2016 release.
Nissan announced the development at the Detroit motor show on Tuesday, confirming that one of the two IDx models – either the lifestyle-based Freeflow model or the high-performance Nismo version – would make it to production.
The IDx concepts were first unveiled to the public at last year’s Tokyo motor show in Japan, bearing similar character traits to the company’s longstanding but now-retired 200SX and drawing on the iconic Datsun 510 coupe from the 1970s.
Touted as Nissan’s answer to the Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ the IDx concept is a rear-wheel-drive coupe measuring 4.1 metres long and 1.3 metres high (only 100mm shorter than the 86).
Nissan executive vice president Andy Palmer told media there was no confirmation of which of the two concept models would hit production.
“Don’t say that we won’t do both, but we will definitely do one of them,” he said.
He went on to hint that the IDx might have a manual transmission, or at the very least, paddle shifters.
At the time of the Tokyo unveiling, Nissan said the IDx Freeflow would be powered by a small capacity turbo four cylinder of between 1.2-1.5-litres; while the IDx Nismo would have a 1.6-litre, likely the same 140kW engine as that in the Pulsar SSS and Juke ST-S.
Palmer said the styling of the production model would closely follow that of the concept cars.
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