New Nissan 'IDx' coupe gets design rethink

Nissan iDx coupe design rethink
Credits: Holiday Auto
1 Sep, 2014 3:40pm Peter Lyon

Nissan has opted against the retro design of the IDx Concept and will give its Toyota GT-86 rival a muscular junior GT-R look for 2017.

Keen not to let the Toyota GT 86 run away with all the headlines, Nissan is hard at work on a cheap rear-wheel-drive coupe of its own due for late 2017.

The car was previewed by the retro-inspired IDx Concept (pictured below) at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show, but now a Nissan source has told us that the design is evolving to become more muscular and aggressive. 

The image you see here is our artist’s impression of the revised IDx coupe, based on information supplied by a company insider. It takes the IDx in a whole new design direction, full of muscular surfaces and sharp edges. 

Sharing more in common with the Sports Sedan Concept – revealed at this year’s Detroit Motor Show – than the IDx Concept, the revised model will shy away from Nissan’s original plan to reach back into its own sports car and race heritage for inspiration. 

We are also hearing that the production version of the IDx, which is a belated spiritual successor for Nissan’s discontinued 200SX coupe, will be based on a cut-down version of the platform used in the next-generation 370Z

Nissan IDx concept 2013 Tokyo Motor Show front

Our source indicates that Nissan bosses are leaning away from the naturally-aspirated 138bhp 1.6-litre engine in the IDx Concept towards a gutsier 2.0-litre non-turbo unit generating more than 180bhp. This makes sense, because the IDx’s main rival will be the 197bhp Toyota GT 86. 

So, with a Z-based platform, a more adventurous exterior and a beefier engine, the new car should present a stiff challenge to the GT 86 when it hits showrooms in 2017. Expect a price tag of slightly under £25,000. 

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