Nissan Resurrecting the 200SX to Rival Mazda's MX-5

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Nissan is planning on reviving their 200SX to compete against the Mazda MX-5.

Nissan is planning on bringing back the rear-wheel-drive 200SX to go up against the Mazda MX-5 in 2013. The MX-5 is set to debut at this year's Frankfurt Auto Show and Nissan doesn't want to fall too far behind their Japanese rivals. Nissan is pushing for the release of 52 new cars by 2016 and they want the 200SX to be part of that plan. The Japanese automaker had previously said they were considering an ESFLOW-inspired electric RWD sports car with the help of British firm Lotus.

The 200SX was hitherto in line for a return in 2008, however Nissan scratched those plans in favor of other opportunities in different markets. The plan for revising the 200SX is back on and will take the shape of an EV. According to AutoExpress, the original project for the coupe involved use of the 370Z platform and giving it the Juke's 188hp 1.6-liter turbocharged engine. The car will go electric either in the form of a hybrid or with a jacked-up version of the Leaf's drivetrain. Daimler agreed in March to supply Nissan their super-versatile mid-size platforms, one of which will go to a renamed 200SX.

The new engines will meet Nissan's specs to be four-cylinder to V8 compatible. The chassis' will also be used for the new 370Z and the next GT-R. Infiniti's G and a new sports car will also make use of the versatile platforms. The highly anticipated arrival of the new version of Nissan's 200SX could come as soon as 2013, just in time to compete against Mazda's MX-5. Pricing is expected to begin around £20,000. Photos displayed are of the 2011 Nissan Esflow.

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