Nissan IDx concept revealed

20 Nov, 2013 3:30am Jack Rix

The Nissan IDx concept has been revealed at the Tokyo show, a retro coupe to rival the Toyota GT-86

Alongside the quirky BladeGlider concept and GT-R Nismo, Nissan has revealed a third sports car at the Tokyo show. Called the IDx concept, it's a vision of a retro-inspired 2+2 rear-wheel drive coupe that would take on the Toyota GT-86 and Subaru BRZ should it make production.

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Nissan's Executive Vice President Andy Palmer recently labelled the Toyota and Subaru 'mid-life crisis cars', so as you'd expect the IDx goes about things a little differently. The styling is inspired by the Datsun 510 coupe from the late Sixties and was presented in Tokyo in two different trims - a Freeflow of version and a more flamboyant Nismo model.

A Nissan spokesman revealed the focus for the IDx is on efficiency, practicality and high levels of personalisation, with the aim of attracting those elusive younger customers. In fact, the IDx was designed from the outset with input from a group of target customers, something Nissan calls 'co-creation'.

Nissan claims the minimalist interior in the Freeflow is how young customers interested in fashion would design their perfect car, while the bold colours and gadgets in the IDx Nismo is aimed at 'the generation that grew up on computer games'.

There's no word on what's under the bonnet yet, but a small-capacity turbocharged petrol engine seems likely, with just enough power to keep drivers entertained (around 120 to 150bhp is mooted), but good fuel economy and low running costs.

No decision has been taken on whether to put the IDx into production yet, but if Palmer has his way, expect to see it on sale globally within the next few years.