Nissan IDX Production Model: Z-Car Platform, But Not so Retro

It's not gonna look anything like the Detroit concept.

WhenNissan unveiled the IDx concepts at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show, we were blownaway by the combination of an awesome retro design – resembling the Datsun 510 –and a promised rear-wheel drive, two-door formation that would satisfy all ofour desires. Now, it seems that reality is a bit more complicated, withproduction still nowhere near a green light. But according to Motoring Australia,it looks like a partial solution might be on the horizon.

Nissan is apparently planning to make the design somewhat less retro,allowing the car to sit on the next-generation Z car's platform. The designwill be heavily based on the 2014 Detroit Auto Show Nissan Sport Sedan Concept,believed at the time to be the precursor for the next Maxima. The lightweightcoupe is expected to be powered by a naturally-aspirated, 2.0-liter four-pot,producing somewhere around 180 horsepower.

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