Nissan’s trademark filing for IMX hints at production of new lightweight sports car

Article by Christian A., on September 17, 2017

Back in 2013, Nissan introduced the IDx Concept at the Tokyo Motor Show. When the audience first saw this, a lot of people got excited to see a lightweight sports car as part of the Nissan's lineup – particularly one that’s even lighter than the outgoing 370Z. The Japanese company eventually said that we should not expect a rear-wheel drive model, but instead it will preview the brand's future direction in terms of design.

A few years later, Nissan finally comes back with what seems like a preview of a production model of the IDx. Furthermore, the company has recently filed a patent under the name "NISSAN IMX" that will be used for a production model, according to sources. That's not all, the trademark filing said that this will be used on "electric vehicles" and "sports cars". You may want to check out the complete patent description online. But here are some details you might want to know.

The name will be used on vehicles for locomotion by land, air, water, or rail. This includes electric vehicles like electric automobiles, wagons, trucks, vans, SUVs, buses. Apart from that, recreational vehicles like campers, motor homes and trailers are also included. Moreover, sports cars, racing cars, bicycles, lorries, and fork lift trucks like tractors were part of the list too. But that is not all, Nissan also included structural parts and fittings like brake pads, vehicle bumpers and safety devices (for land vehicles). These include airbags, mudguards, air pumps and license plate frames.

So far, that is all we know about the "IMX" patent since the company has kept quiet when it comes to sharing details of it. But looking back, the IDx concept had two variants namely Freeflow and Nismo. While the Freeflow comes with a 1.4 liter inline-four-cylinder engine, the Nismo gets a 1.6 liter turbocharged inline four that can produce 230 horsepower (171 kilowatts). In just 7 seconds, the Nismo can hit 60 miles per hour from a standstill before it continues to a top speed of 130 miles per hour. The Nismo’s red interior was supposed to look like it “came directly from a driving stimulator”, while the Freeflow was inspired by blue jeans.

The IDx, as we know, has so far remained as a concept. This is supported by the fact that the Japanese automaker said that they are not planning to make any new sports car anytime soon. In other news, the 370Z will remain as it is for the next couple of years.

When Nissan first introduced the IDx, the automaker explained that they took the name ID from “identification”, or personalizing the car. The “x”, on the other hand, is the variable that represents the values and dreams born through communication.

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