There has been a lot of buzz surrounding the pair of Nissan IDx concept models, but to be honest, I’m having a hard time believing the hype.
The sporty rear-drive cars drew a great deal of attention after they were unveiled at last year’s Tokyo Auto Show, but were recently thrust back into the spotlight after Drive reported that Nissan VP Andy Palmer confirmed at least one of the two IDx models would make it to production.
Whether it’s the sporty Nismo or the more casual Freeflow that hits the factory is still up in the air, but regardless of the chosen model, the IDx production model is expected to arrive sometime in 2016. Hopefully that’s enough time for Nissan to get their shit straight, because the way things are looking right now, it’s not likely that either model will find a great deal of success.
According to Nissan’s press release, engineers have proposed combining a 1.6-liter turbo four with a (you guessed it) continuously variable transmission in the IDx Nismo. For the Freeflow, engineers have proposed a smaller 1.2- to 1.5-liter that would also be mated to a CVT. This is where my hopes and dreams for the IDx fall short.
Nissan continues to push their “revolutionary” new CVT, claiming that it’s capable of producing as sporty of a performance as a traditional six-speed manual, but I’m pretty positive that no one but Nissan is convinced. Also, regardless of the 1.6-liter’s performance, giving the IDx Nismo anything less than a 2.0-liter just seems like a mistake. For God’s sake Nissan, just give the people what they want.
Another thing that everyone seems to be forgetting is that the IDx designs we’re seeing are conceptual. Once the body of the production model is adjusted to meet all of the rigorous safety standards, pretty much all that makes the IDx design so badass will disappear just like the gears of the transmission.
Call me pessimistic, but I’m just not seeing the IDx production model going anywhere fast (pun intended). Until Nissan announces a bigger engine and a manual transmission I’ll just continue to drool over the Kia GT4 Stinger concept.
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