The Nissan IDx seems like the type of concept that auto enthusiasts wish they could be driving. With a compact size, style inspired by the classic Datsun 510 and a rear-wheel-drive powertrain, it certainly ticks many of the boxes that people want. Unfortunately, the car seems to be miles away from actually getting a green light for production, but rumors about the retro coupe's future keep cropping up.

The last we heard about the IDx, the biggest complication with the coupe was that it was a tough project to make profitable. Nissan didn't have a cheap enough rear-wheel drive platform to make the affordable coupe work. The latest rumors point to a potential solution to this problem. According to Motoring from Australia speaking to an insider close to Nissan, the new plan is to tweak the styling to be less retro and adapt the car to work on the platform for the forthcoming, next-generation Z car.

The new look reportedly cribs from the Nissan Sport Sedan Concept from the 2014 Detroit Motor Show, including its floating roof design and sharper edges around the fenders. In terms of power, the source tells Motoring, the IDx could use a naturally aspirated 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with around 180 horsepower on tap. That might not sound like too much, but remember the Z car itself is rumored to get smaller and lighter when it's new generation hits the stage. If the weight is low enough, potentially using it for the IDx might just work.


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      atomicbri2005
      • 4 Months Ago

      The styling is one thing that interested me in this car as I do like the old Datsun coupe it was said to be inspired by, but I am not so sure that switching and using the Nissan Sport Sedan Concept  as a basis now for styling. Honestly that has put me off somewhat. I liked the IDX cause it did have a little bit of retro styling cues, but I am not a fan at all of that Sport Concept Sedan styling. So this is a bit of a let down for me in terms of how they now want to style the car, but on a positive note, YAY for making a compact, rear drive vehicle that I hope will be a fun drive and utilize weight efficiently, matted to a turbo/supercharged 4 that could be a fun alternative to the Scion/Toyota FR-S/ GT-86 and Subaru B-RZ. We can never have enough small, fun rear wheel drive cars.

      Joey Franklin
      • 4 Months Ago

      I really hope they offer the 2.0T thats in the Q50 (overseas model) as a Nismo model. Not liking the sound of losing the retro style but just build it so i can buy one.

      johnbravo6
      • 4 Months Ago *Edited*

      Oh sure. That makes Sense. Everyone wants it the way it is, with a turbo engine... So let's do something else, instead. Then watch them wonder why nobody buys it, say this is why we don't build light, sporty, RWD cars.

      Marty Owings
      • 4 Months Ago

      We do need some smaller and lighter cars. That would be a nice trend. Unfortunately the 70s were not the best decade in automotive history styling wise or otherwise LOL. I'm sure it would grow on me though. There was the original Z car, 924 and RX-7 though, which were all beautiful. Just not many good looking sedans. BMW 2002 maybe? Nissan has their work cut out for them. Good luck!

        Tifosi
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Marty Owings

        Lol really? The 924? What a hunk of crap that was.

      _M7_
      • 4 Months Ago

      Less restro, less cool......this concept was good for it if you take it away its just another plastica car.

      barkeep
      • 4 Months Ago

      As long as the drive train remains RWD, I'm cool with this.

      Hell, a new Z and a wingman SX would be awesome!

        Michael Pristave
        • 4 Months Ago
        @barkeep

        180hp rwd..... no thx. Not cool with that at all. Give it a turbo 4 for 230hp AT LEAST. We already have the Miata and FRS, thanks.

          masteR_Potter
          • 4 Months Ago
          @Michael Pristave


          I agree, anything sub 200's for me just doesn't have the gonads. If i wanted somethig mediocre on the power I have too many choices. Even the Fiesta ST is pushing close to the 200 mark... I wasn't happy with my stock GTI, I wasn't happy with the stock BRZ or FRS. I think it needs an inline 6, or a happy little turbo.

      fizzylychee
      • 4 Months Ago

      Hope they make a totally new range of Z cars and Nissan sports cars like five would be nice.

      johnnyhedwardsjr
      • 4 Months Ago

      Cool, so we are basically going to see a Sentra Coupe.  Great!

      jautossss
      • 4 Months Ago

      This is the problem with the auto industry. They show a concept that gets people excited. Then they build something different that does not sell well and then they blame it on the consumers saying that they will not build any more inexpensive sporty RWD compact cars (in this case) because there is no market for it. Then they just keep making their bland insomnia-curing cars. Why not build something exciting that will make people look at the brand differently? They have their cars made for profit, how about now show some passion for cars and build something that can become a future classic or something along those lines. That is why Honda sucks now, they started caring more about money than cars. 

      Brodz
      • 4 Months Ago

      Too good to be true? I reckon so too.

      WhoMeWhere
      • 4 Months Ago

      I would much rather the production IDX keep the more aggressive retro sytling. The Nissan Sport Sedan Concept is not bad looking but I still prefer the look of original Nismo or Freeflow concepts. I certainly would not call the Sedan concept the sharper looking of the two. Please just build the IDX and quit over thinking everything Nissan

      Currie
      • 4 Months Ago

      Am I the only one who thinks this thing is hideous. I dont see the appeal. Please someone tell me what's so cool about it/

        carnut0913
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Currie

        I don't think its homely at all but I understand those who do.  Its a polarizing design tobe sure and I expect by design. I definitely prefer this to the other version they initially presented

        K. Rogers
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Currie

        I agree, this car is pretty homely.  I'm glad they're toning down the retro styling.

        Indubitably
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Currie

        You and I both...

        kingrat001
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Currie

        No, I think it looks like some kind of a joke to see if some idiots will say it looks good, and then Nissan will go "Oh no, we aren't going to make it look like this, we were just kidding!"

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