At the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show, Nissan introduced two IDx concepts, one of which was the IDx NISMO, a small rear-wheel drive sports car inspired by the classic Skyline GT-R and other past Nissan cars. The IDx NISMO was shown yet again at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show, this time with Nissan executive vice president Andy Palmer stating it may be built.
Speaking to , Palmer said that at least one of the two concepts — the other being the IDx Freeflow — will be built, if not both.
“I don’t say that we won’t do both, but we will definitely do one of them. Obviously there’s a debate internally whether you go for the lifestyle one and leave the Nismo one in a slightly different place,” Palmer told the Australian outlet at the auto show.
The IDx NISMO is a peculiar but appealing sports car. It has that whole “I am a perky but serious” vibe about it, thanks to is reverse-slanted nose, boxy shape and side mufflers. More contemporary touches include front/rear and right/left aerodynamic spoilers and lightweight 225/40 19-inch tires.
Scanning the interior reveals sport seats covered in alcantra, race-inspired meters and gauges, lustrous metal surfaces, and bright red suede trim augmented by blue stitching.
Power is provided by a high-performance, eco-friendly 1.6L direct-injection turbocharged engine mated to a CVT with 6-speed manual shift mode and synchronized rev control.
It must be noted that Nissan had its eyes set on the Toyota GT-86 and Subaru BRZ twins when designing the IDx. However, the production model will be distinct from the competition, with styling closely following that of the concepts.
“I think our intention is to be different from the Toyota 86. We’re really looking at sports cars from different angles,” Palmer added.
Toyota Supra TRD Concept Shows Off New Carbon Fiber Parts
It’s an unbridled love affair with carbon fiber.
Not long after taking the wraps off at the Detroit Auto Show, Toyota has revealed a TRD Concept that shows off some of the accessories from Toyota Racing Development possibly coming to the Japanese sports car.
Unveiled at the Osaka Auto Messe aftermarket show, the Toyota GR Supra Performance Line Concept TRD is fitted with many new carbon fiber parts to increase downforce and reduce lift. The front spoiler, side skirts, and rear spoiler and spats are all crafted from carbon fiber, while a carbon fiber door garnish replaces the stock faux vent to reduce turbulence of the airflow over the rear end.
The exterior is finished in a muted silver color that compliments the carbon fiber parts nicely, while unique 19-inch wheels highlight the four corners.
Unfortunately, TRD made no upgrades under the hood. Power is provided by the stock Supra’s turbocharged 3.0L inline-six, generating the same ol’ 335 hp and 365 lb-ft. of torque.
It’s not known if or when these carbon fiber parts and new wheels will be available, and whether they will remain exclusive to the Japanese market like many TRD parts in the past. Either way, share your thoughts about the Toyota GR Supra Performance Line Concept TRD in the comments below.
This Crossover Concept Previews Cadillac’s First-Ever EV
It came out of nowhere and shocked the Detroit Auto Show.
Cadillac followed up the unveiling of the Cadillac XT6 large crossover with a preview of its first-ever all-electric vehicle.
Taking the form of premium electric crossover, the concept is striking and likely also hints at the brand’s future design direction.
“Cadillac’s EV will hit the heart of the crossover market and meet the needs of customers around the world,” said Steve Carlisle, president of Cadillac. “It will represent the height of luxury and innovation while positioning Cadillac as the pinnacle of mobility.”
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The surprising reveal comes not long after General Motors announced that Cadillac will lead its electric vehicle strategy, effectively making it the automaker’s Tesla-fighter. Specific details such as power or features aren’t known, nor do we have a definitive timetable as to when the production model will be ready, but it will be the first GM vehicle to be built on the company’s forthcoming dedicated EV platform and should offer level 4 autonomous capabilities at the least.
In essence, not only will the vehicle be Cadillac’s first step into the EV world, but it will also push it deeper into the autonomous realm.
Lexus LC Convertible Concept Previews Stylish Drop-Top Roadster
The rumors about the LC 500 getting a droptop version were true after all.
Lexus has revealed the LC Convertible Concept, which likely previews an upcoming open-top roadster and hints at a shift in the LC’s design language.
Presented as a roadster, the LC Convertible Concept is designed to express “ultimate beauty” and serve as an aspirational halo vehicle for the entire Lexus lineup. Its proportions are nearly identical to the LC Coupe but stands out with a steeply-raked windshield and a contoured trunk lid.
“This concept takes the unmistakable design of the LC coupe and reimagines it as a future convertible,” said Tadao Mori, chief designer of the LC Convertible concept. “It blends all the best aspects of the original coupe with the dynamic design of an open-air convertible.”
The interior features white leather trim, contrasted by yellow accent stitching to break up an otherwise monochrome look.
The Lexus LC Convertible Concept appears to be close to production-ready. Do you want one?