Nissan created the IDx Freeflow and the IDx Nismo concepts after understanding that carmakers have to get millennials interested in cars again. And making a modern day Datsun 510 is a pretty good way to start the process.
Nissan is using new product development methods to meet the needs of younger customers who have exciting ideas and engage with them to build the cars they want. While to us, it feels like the rebirth of the 510, Nissan claims these are cars without legacy influences, based on the ideal proportions and straight stance of a simple three-box shaped car design.
I'll let Nissan guide you through the rest:
The front/rear fenders and side structure, such as the door panels, seem to sandwich the cabin to focus attention on the center of the vehicle. This structure allows the car to differentiate itself from others through the side and front face, with vast freedom for customization.
In order to have enough flexibility consistent with the creativity inherent to the IDx approach some areas of the interior incorporate a dual-layered "tight-fit skin." For example, the dashboard is simple yet refined, created by employing cast molding in parts in the body structure and on the ventilation ducts. By combining this with sparingly used, close-fitting trim, the dashboard can be a foundation for various expressions and functions.
Similarly, the gauges, center consoles, and floor consoles were crafted to enable any necessary parts to be installed in an easy and seamless way.
The IDx Freeflow is the casual one of the pair. A four-passenger concept meant to feel like a living room inside. It comes with a round steering wheel attached to a level dashboard, which mounts a modern-looking speedo. It also comes with an analog clock just like an S-Class.
"Moderately faded" denim covers the seats and certain trim areas, giving the car a back-to-basics attitude.
Nissan imagines IDx Freeflow with a 1.2-1.5 gas engine and a CVT.
The IDx Nismo, on the other hand, is all about being sporty. Nissan says it looks like something straight out of a simulator, and they are not far off.
With side mufflers, a 1.6 turbo engine linked to a sportier CVT and 225/40 19-inch tires, this feels more like our game, except it would be even better with a proper manual.
There's Alcantara inside and much more Spartan overall design with clear-to-read gauges and meters in front of the driver. On top of that, metal surfaces contrast with the bright red suede trim that is augmented by blue stitching. Sounds sweet.
More in the press release.