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Tokyo Motor Show: Nissan Steals The Show With The IDx Freeflow

Retro-Styled Concept That Was Inspired By The Datsun 510 Of The Late Sixties

William Maley
by William Maley
December 1, 2013
1 min. Reading Time

If there was one vehicle that stole the show at Tokyo, it would have to be the Nissan IDx Freeflow Concept. This concept was built with the post-1990, "digital native" generation, or what we call Gen-Y. For those wondering about the IDx, Nissan explains that the ID represents "identification" and the "x" represents "...the variable representing the new values and dreams born through communication."

The IDx Freeflow's design is inspired by the iconic Datsun 510 from the late-sixties and early-seventies. The box-shape profile was filled in with sharp lines, round headlights, a chrome grille, and four-spoke alloy wheels. Size wise, IDx Freeflow is roughly 13.5 feet long, 5.7 feet wide, and 4.3 feet tall. Inside, the IDx Freeflow features a minimalist interior with denim used for the seats and a console shifter for the CVT. Nissan didn't reveal what engine was under the hood of the IDx Freeflow concept, only saying that it could come from a gas engine ranging in size from 1.2L to 1.5L. Also in question is whether it was front-wheel or rear-wheel drive.

Alongside the IDx Freeflow, Nissan showed off a hotted-up version called the IDx NISMO. The IDx NISMO takes the Freeflow's design and drapes it in a racing livery, side exhaust pipes, and a set of nineteen-inch alloy wheels. This makes it look like it just came from a video game. Inside are a set of bucket seats with four-point harnesses, a three-spoke steering wheel made out of carbon fiber, and analog gauges. Much like the IDx Freeflow, Nissan didn't say what was powering the IDx NISMO. What they did say is that it features a 1.6L direct-injected and turbocharged four-cylinder paired with a CVT with a six-speed manual shift mode and “synchronized rev control.”



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