Everyone loves an old movie, and who doesn't listen to some classic rock now and then? Nostalgia has also given us some great retro reinventions of classic cars--including this, the Nissan IDx Freeflow.
Unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show, Nissan consulted an unusual source to perfect the IDx Freeflow: young people.
Those young people are the ones currently accused of abandoning cars for social media and smartphones, but for many the problem is much simpler: they just can't afford to buy new cars.
And when they can, the choice of interesting new metal is pretty slim. What teen wants to be seen in a poverty-spec Nissan Versa or Hyundai Accent? And why must buying something inexpensive and economical limit you to something mind-bendingly tedious to drive?
It's these questions that the IDx Freeflow seems to have been designed to answer.
Though the IDx is only a concept, its engine choices seem thoroughly sensible: 1.2 and 1.5-liter gasoline units, paired with a continuously-variable transmission. That implies healthy economy and low running costs but better still, small engines mean a sensible price tag.
It's also compact--over a foot shorter and eight inches lower than a Versa sedan, but equally wide for a sportier, stockier stance.
Outside it takes several design cues from classic Nissans and Datsuns of the past--including, but not limited to the old Datsun 510 coupe and old 'Hakosuka' Nissan Skyline GT-Rs. Readers with a keen eye for classic cars might spot an unintentional hint of first-generation Toyota Celica, too.
Inside Nissan has given the Freeflow a simple dashboard facia and a lounge-like ambiance, making best use of materials such as faded denim and brushed metals. Like the exterior, it's full of classic inspiration updated with modern technology--and far better than the amorphous gray slab you find in most economy vehicles.
Nissan needs to make the IDx. It has all the makings of a great new small car.
It just needs the right price--make it affordable, and watch those Millennials ditch their smartphones for a new generation of cool, fun and efficient cars.