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Nissan unveils two retro-looking rear-drive coupés that could rival Toyota's GT86
Nic Cackett
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20 November 2013

Nissan has revealed a pair of concepts at Tokyo which hint at a possible future compact rear-drive coupe.

Designed mainly at the manufacturer’s studio in Paddington, the dual concepts - the IDx Freeflow and the IDx NISMO - are intended to highlight the potential for personalisation as Nissan strives to engage with a younger buyer.

Despite the obvious (and acknowledged) nods to the stocky Datsun 510, both cars are said to have been styled with the direct input of so-called ‘digital natives’, specifically a generation of customers born after 1990.

Nissan claims this style of engagement with future consumers is now a prerequisite for market success, and is the reason why the brand has sought to distance the concepts as its answer to the Subaru BRZ and Toyota GT86 - cars it describes as ‘mid life crisis’ models.

The Freeflow in particular is a step in a different direction; it's intended more as a lifestyle companion rather than a hard-charging coupe. Nissan envisages it being powered by its 1.2 and 1.5-litre engines that transmit power through a CVT.

Inside, you'll find dramatic highlights and trim that Nissan says is influenced by the pairing of a white T-shirt and khaki chinos.

Inevitably, the Nismo is cut from a different cloth. Half a meter wider than the Freeflow, it features carbon panels and sports a side exhaust, as well as 19-inch wheels. Underneath, the brand proposes its familiar DIG-T turbocharged 1.6-litre petrol engine (again mated to a CVT) as the likely powerplant.

Officially, both IDx machines are show cars in the truest sense, but Nissan insiders suggest that the company is serious about the idea of a compact coupe, and will be closely gauging the public’s reaction.

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benanderson89 28 November 2013

I agree with them when they

I agree with them when they say the GT86 and BRZ are midlife crisis cars. I've seen a few of them in person and they really do scream midlife crisis to me (24 year old, FYI). I certainly don't want one after seeing how boring they are in person. These two IDX concepts, though, Nissan, build them NOW and I will not hesitate to throw my money at you! Out of a cannon if necessary!!!
Merod 20 November 2013

10 out of 10 for binning the jelly mould, but...

...we all know it will never see the inside of a showroom.
jason_recliner 20 November 2013

Too Good

Best looking cars in years,