Nissan IDx Concepts Preview a Scion FR-S Rival

Nissan IDx Concepts Preview a Scion FR-S Rival

Nissan is previewing a possible future rival for the Scion FR-S with the iDx concept unveiled today at the Tokyo Motor Show.

Built for Gen Y, or what Nissan calls “digital natives”, two different versions of the same car point towards two unique audiences. The first is the IDx Freeflow concept, built for lifestyle buyers, while the second is the iDx NISMO designed for those in search of a unique and affordable sports car.

In many ways its a modern-era 240SX, though with styling cues that are unmistakably those of the Datsun 510. Dimensionally the cars are roughly 13.5 feet long by 5.7 feet wide by 4.3 feet tall.

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The IDx NISMO borrows from classic Nissan models and features a unique reverse-slanted nose and aggressive side exit exhaust pipes. Racing heritage is undeniable in the car with plenty of motorsports styled body panels and big 19-inch wheels. In essence, it looks straight out of a racing video game.

Powering the car is a turbocharged 1.6-liter direct injection 4-cylidner mated to a CVT with a 6-speed manual shift mode and what Nissan calls “synchronized rev control.”

Assumedly a rear-wheel drive sports car, Nissan has not explicitly said as much.

On the more conservative side is the IDx Freeflow that forms the basis of the more extreme NISMO model with a unique floating roof design but with otherwise simple boxy shape and Spartan interior.

Nissan says this model, should it see production, would be powered by an engine sized from 1.2 to 1.5-liters and using a CVT.

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As for the odd name, the “ID” stands for “identification” which Nissan says relates, “to the things all individuals relate to on a personal level in a car,” while the “x” is the variable, “representing the new values and dreams born through communication.”

Stopping just short of confirming the cars for production, as sign of just how serious Nissan is about its new sports car concepts, in a release it says both cars, “could have real applications in the near future.”

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  • Mr B

    Looks like my old 72 Celica

  • Kholbein

    This looks like a future dodge challenger..very american and unoriginal

  • Norm

    The world is bigger than your Dodge Challenger. Try to research Datsun.

  • Vitaliy Shtym

    It will fail without a 6-speed manual, just saying

  • GF

    I was hoping for more from Nissan… :/ very disappointing.

  • I never thought I’d say this but Nissan needs to hire a Chevrolet designer because lately they’ve been coming out with very nice vehicles and these concepts look like crap. It looks like a dodge challenger wannabe. Bring back the old unique Datsun 280/240z look if you want to go ”retro”

  • Terence Walker

    Needs a real manual transmission. A real clutch.

  • dog1net

    Everytime I park my NIssan Altima Coupe next to a Scion, it makes me happy knowing I didn’t get one. Not sure what Nissan is thinking with this concept car, but I know I won’t go anywhere near it. Looks like crap.

  • hurr durr

    This would be amazing if it had three pedals and a proper 6-speed gearbox.

    A CVT with 6 artificial fixed ratios? Even a regular CVT is better than that. This is worst of both worlds.