What Happened to the Nissan IDx NISMO Concept?
In 2013, Nissan revealed the Nissan IDx concept car at the Tokyo Motor Show. Auto enthusiasts worldwide freaked out with glee because it clearly took some design cues from the legendary Datsun 510 and people actually thought Nissan was going to produce it since the concept was actually drivable. Several magazines gave it the thumbs up, even suggesting wagon and sedan versions. So, what happened to it?
The concepts have gone back into hiding since they were revealed, and Nissan’s show at NAIAS this year was focused on the new 2016 Titan, with no mention of the IDx. According to Automotive News, the silence is a bad sign, suggesting that priorities have changed at Nissan.
This makes sense, since former Infiniti CEO Johan de Nysschen, who formerly approved of the concept, left the company for Cadillac. Perhaps Mr. Carlos Ghosn isn’t as thrilled with it.
The possibility remains that the IDx was just a design and engineering study, with no intention of production.
The American market is hurting for an entry level rear-wheel drive sports car to compete with the FR-S/BR-Z. We hope that no news means good news and the IDx is simply being refined and perfected away from the prying eyes of the general public.