The Nissan iDx could be something enthusiasts will drool about, the key is could be should it be built! We're far from that becoming reality barring a serendipitous surprise at one of the upcoming motor shows.
So in lieu of that shall we recap quickly just where exactly things sit with the iDx project?
A few months back we had heard devastating news, the iDx was dead, GASP, more like still born, but i digress. Quickly the premature death of the iDx was reversed and we were quickly sold a story about the iDx now becoming less retro, more in line with Nissans current design language and most importantly it would be massaged to mate with the FM platform under the 370Z.
The catalyst behind the rumor is one that we suspected all along, COST. Nissan does not have a cheap enough RWD platform that ticks all the required boxes for the iDx project, which then runs into another problem. Even if Nissan were to develop the platform are there enough legitimate use cases across their empire to amortize the developmental costs?
So where are we now, well actually no farther than when we started many moons ago. The Sports Car Chief of Nissan Great Brittain, James Oliver, does his best to muddle the water even further.
When asked about the iDx:
“It’s always something that would be considered, and you have to look at the market. There are other manufacturers that do very well in that market – GT86 for example, and MX-5 – the question is whether we decide to tap into it.”
Yes James, that IS THE QUESTION, nice side step.
When asked about the potential relationship between the iDx and the Zed:
“If we were going to do it, it would need to be a whole new model. You can’t take something that’s a big, heavy, old-school car and downsize it. It would need to be a whole new platform if we were to go in that direction.”
So there you have it, the iDx went from nothing to something and back to nothing in the span span of 300 and something words, how’s that for operational efficiency...