Sometimes, automakers tend to outsmart themselves more than they should, and in this instance, Nissan really needs to think long and hard about its plan to produce road models for the twin IDx concepts it first showed at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show.
According to Autoweek, Nissan is seriously considering it, provided that it gets some serious support from fans of the company. The problem is, it shouldn’t because neither of the IDx concepts, at least in their current guise, deserve a place among Nissan’s current lineup.
Make no mistake, it’s always a good idea to have an affordable rear-drive coupe, but Nissan already has one in the 370Z and last we checked, that model’s doing quite well for itself. Nissan can point to the success of the Toyota GT86 and the Subaru BRZ and see how having its own will make it more competitive in that specific segment.
The company said that if there’s money to be made from it, it’s pushing forward with its plan. All that may be true, but we don’t think the iDX concepts are the answer, partly because they look really good as concepts, but once you turn them into production cars, neither looks as appetizing as you might think.
If we were Nissan and we really want to give the rear-wheel sports coupe market a run for its money, we’re going to give full attention to giving the 370Z a complete overhaul. It’s not exactly a confidence builder either when you hear the company say its production plans for the iDX concepts will be in small volumes and that the only way the plan will be green lit is if there’s strong demand for it.
Nissan’s already throwing all these conditions up for the pair of concepts and that doesn’t invite confidence in us. So if you’re listening, Nissan, drop the production plans for the iDX concepts and focus on a next generation 370Z that will come with all the bells and whistles you would’ve put on a production iDX. If anything, the 370Z deserves that kind of love.
That’s the prudent thing to do as far as we’re concerned.
Click past the jump to read more about the pair of Nissan iDX Concepts
The cooler looking of the two, the IDx Nismo Concept was designed in full racing spirit, with a boxy look that also features a reverse-slanted nose with a uniquely shaped front end with sharp corners, modern LED headlights, a pronounced grille and a front bumper that resembles a tongue.
The IDx Nismo also comes with a glass roof, an eye-catching three-color finish made up of a predominantly white body with black and red racing accents, including a number "80" livery that has some significance to it that only Nissan can tell us.
Gallery Nissan IDx Nismo
The more retro-looking of the two, the IDx Freeflow Concept was designed with a front end speaks to the level of authenticity that Nissan put into its design of the concept. Overall, it has a pretty simple look, although the round headlights do offer a distinctive touch to the front end.
There’s also a simple, no-frills grille that connects the headlights while the inverted bumper gives the concept a muscular look that blends well with boxed body of the vehicle.
Finally, the IDx Freeflow also has a "floating roof" with a seamless rounded shape, a simple design twist that fits well with the entire package of the concept.