At the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show, Nissan pulled the wraps off the IDx Freeflow and the IDx Nismo concepts, two drastically different cars built on the same architecture. As Nissan puts it, the vehicles are the result of “innovative product development methods to meet the needs of younger customers who have novel, exciting ideas, and engage with them to build the cars they want.as a means of getting the youth market interested in their cars.” Strangely, no mention of their obvious design influence — the Datsun 510.
The IDx Freeflow is the more casually dressed sibling, wearing a light khaki exterior hue over a minimalist interior draped in faded denim. A console shifter works a continuously variable transmission, while the leveled dashboard has a throwback feel highlighted by a large analog clock. The IDx Nismo, on the other hand, is modern and sporty, featuring a 1.6 turbo engine linked to a sportier CVT with 6-speed manual shift mode, as well as side mufflers and 225/40 19-inch tires. Inside, there are racing-inspired crimson Alcantra seat covers that contrast nicely against the shiny metal surfaces used throughout the cabin. Check out detailed looks below.