Nissan IDx Concept Won’t Reach Production, At Least Not In RWD Form

As much as the press and public fell for the Nissan IDx concepts shown at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show, a Nissan official has said plans for production versions in that form are so not happening.

Speaking to The Truth About Cars last week, Nissan’s American VP of Product Planning Pierre Loing said the project as a small, rear-wheel drive coupe won’t be moving forward to production.

It’s been a bad year for future small RWD coupes, as General Motors’ product head Mark Reuss confirmed the well-received Chevy Code 130R from 2012 is also dead, despite reports over the last few years that the company was trying to make it viable. But like GM, Nissan’s existing RWD platforms are niche sellers, Loing said.

“Small, sporty cars are very attractive for consumers but not in huge numbers. To do them properly – in our case – you can’t rely on an existing rear-wheel drive platform, because its dimensions are for a much larger powertrain. So, for us, it would mean developing a different rear-wheel drive platform and then we are bumping into the same obstacles every other automaker has: the volumes of a small, sporty car are not enough to justify the investment.”

It’s not all bad news, however, given that there was high praise for the look of the IDx concepts. Loing hinted that aspects of the design could live on in future small Nissans. He seemed to be aware that there is nostalgia for models like the 510 and the company could pick some of those cues from the IDx up on a FWD-based car.

Which doesn’t sound that bad, given that Nissan actually had a good record for fun, FWD small cars in the ’80s and ’90s, with the Sentra SE-R and 200SX coupes, and I’ll even throw the NX2000 in there. Injecting even a Sentra sedan with some of the aesthetics from the IDx would do wonders for its desirability.

This is what we should be crossing our fingers for now.

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  • 510 Supporter

    I am so bloody upset I had three 510s back in the day, and was set to buy 3 IDx (510s ) Dam a rear wheel drive would of been a dream come true, but leave it to Nissan to distort the dream, there are so many people that I see, all sorts of enthusiasts buzzing all over social media about this car, and to hear they are going to build it as a FWD , this is apauling, cost factors they say ?, this car priced right in a rear wheel drive version would of out sold the Brz and Toyota clone rear wheel drive car, I pray they have a last minute change in decision and surprise us loyal Nissan customers with what the started with,
    A REAL WHEEL DRIVE IDx….if they do I will buy 3 and even see if our fleet department will take on a fleet of these cars for our inspector vehicles.
    That’s all the support I can give if they can’t give us what the came up with originally, if not then it looks like we are going to go with a different brand, how sad is that ?
    Just very disappointed that they are going to build and put another BLAHHH mass produced front wheel drive out on the market again.
    Bloody hell I say Bloody Hell.

  • ukw

    Well maybe that’s why they don’t build it. Cuz’ GT86 wasn’t such a huge success. They can’t earn a lot of money of it so they don’t build it.

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