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Nissan IDx Freeflow and IDx NISMO make North American Debut

Two Different takes on Youthful Cars.

 |  Jan 13 2014, 3:50 PM

Nissan-IDx-Concept-Main-ArtTwo little cars that stole the stage at the Tokyo Motor Show earlier this year have made their away across the Pacific to North America.

Nissan says these cars were designed for “digital natives” which is a fancy term the generation born after 1990, a.k.a. Millennials. The goal behind the IDx Freeflow and IDx NISMO concepts is to create a car that reflects a driver’s lifestyle. This is a theme prevalent in the automotive world since the first car drove away under its own power and if a new generation of drivers are looking to embrace this, we are all for it.

The name IDx comes from combining ID, short for identification, with “x” that Nissan states represents a “variable representing the new values and dreams born through communication”, whatever that means.

IDx Freeflow

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The Freeflow is a concept more for those interested in style, economy and technology. The interior is designed for four-passenger and is designed to “feel like a living room inside, where the owner and his or her friends can relax”.

There is a round, no-nonsense steering wheel set in front of a modern-looking speedometer. An analog clock is located above the center console dominated by display screens. Somewhat faded textures and colors are found inside the Freeflow that reflects that of denim.

The IDx is a small car and measures at 13.5 feet in length, 5.6 feet in width and 4.3 feet in height. The Freeflow is equipped with 18-inch wheels wearing 195/50R18 tires. Power will come from either a 1.2 liter or 1.5 liter engine mated to a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT).

IDx NISMO

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Nissan claims the IDx NISMO has been created for “digital natives that grew up playing racing simulation games that feature cars of the past and from all corners of the globe”. So in other words, people who play a lot of Gran Turismo or Forza. Nissan wanted to build a street car that would bring to life the fun-to-drive aspects found in these virtual racing games.

The NISMO is aimed to capture some of Nissan’s heritage with a basic three box shape found in cars like the original Skyline and Datsun 510. Though the IDx NISMO shares the overall length and height of its Freeflow cousin, it is slightly wider at 5.9-foot which helps to house wider 225/40R19 tires.

Inside, the IDx features Alcantara seat covers and racecar-inspired meters and gauges. Power comes from Nissan’s 1.6-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine, unfortunately mated to a CVT with 6-speed manual shift mode and synchronized rev control.

GALLERY: Nissan IDx Concept Photos

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  • Michael Arnold

    Why why why a CVT? YUCK

  • RobinSchmidt

    But the shape is a perfect ten!