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That all makes good business sense, but it’s terrible news for enthusiasts. The IDx, effectively a codename for “510,” and a revival of one of the Nissan/Datsun legacy’s most cult-status cars, could bring huge style and affordability back to the fun-to-drive segment, and do it with a compact size and emphasis on handling and engagement that’s missing from almost everything except the Scion FR-S/Subaru BRZ and Mazda Miata.
The IDx’s formula is refreshingly simple: a four-cylinder engine of 1.2- to 1.6-liter displacement, rear-wheel drive, light weight, and compact dimensions. In Freeflow form, we see something aimed at a mainstream buyer looking for style with a dose of sport. As the IDx NISMO, we see the enthusiast’s version, with flared fenders, a turbocharger, carbon details, and side-exit exhaust all screaming “build me!”