Nissan IDX to Undergo Dramatic Design Change
Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ buyers are going through mid-life crises according to one senior Nissan official. But can the Japanese giant do any better? Apparently so…
The Nissan IDX (if it ever makes production) could be exactly the type of car that a lot of people have been wanting. After all, its compact size and real-wheel-drive powertrain will definitely appeal to a lot of car enthusiasts.
Add to this its retro styling inspired by classics like the Datsun 1600 and you’ve got something that could be really quite special. But despite all of this, the retro coupe’s future is constantly in and out of doubt. One thing’s for sure though, rumours about the IDX keep cropping up and rousing our enthusiasm.
The last time we heard from the IDX workshop, it seemed that the car was increasingly less likely to see production because the project was proving too difficult to make profitable. Nissan were struggling to come up with an affordable rear-wheel-drive platform that would see the IDX ultimately work.
However, according to the popular Australian website Motoring, a Nissan insider has revealed plans to tweak the styling – making it less retro – and work off the same platform as the forthcoming next-generation Z car.
Furthermore, their source has also advised that Nissan chiefs are reportedly looking to move away from the naturally aspirated 1.6-litre engine that the IDX concept sported at last year’s Tokyo Motor Show. Instead, they are leaning towards a more powerful 2.0-litre non-turbo lump, which can generate upwards of 180 horsepower.
You might be thinking, so what? But when you couple this gutsier engine with forthcoming smaller and lighter Z car platform, it could make for a potent combination.
The revised IDX looks set to feature more muscular lines than originally planned and the overall feel of the car will be more aggressive – let’s wait and see to find out.