Blimey, what's that?
The beige one is the Nissan IDx Freeflow concept, while the colourful car is the IDx Nismo concept. They were surprise appearances at the recent Tokyo Motor Show.
What's the idea behind them?
Winning back the hearts and minds of younger buyers. Both may look retro - they're inspired by cars like the old Datsun 510 'Bluebird' sold in the 1970s - but each has been developed with input from people in their teens and early 20s.
Essentially, it isn't easy being young at the moment. You're probably unemployed, driving is expensive, and the only cars you can afford are a bit naff. These concepts are supposed to make driving more appealing again - old-school cool and modern technology.
Anything special in the engine room?
Sort of. The Freeflow uses fairly humble powerplants, with 1.2 and 1.5-litre options and a standard continuously-variable transmission. The idea here is something economical and easy-going.
The Nismo is a bit more special, with a 1.6-litre turbocharged unit you'll find in the Juke Nismo. You'd be looking at a good 200 horses or so, and while CVT reappears here there's a six-speed manual shift mode available with rev-matching on downshifts.
What else should I know?
Retro styling aside, Nissan wanted to keep the cars simple - there's a traditional three-box silhouette, simple interior design (with denim and brushed metals in the Freeflow, bucket seats and plenty of red detailing in the Nismo) and apparently, a front-engined, rear-drive layout.
Not really, since neither exists in production form and Nissan hasn't confirmed whether it'll sell either car. But it doesn't take a genius to see that they'd be popular - just look at cars like the Mazda MX-5, Toyota GT86 and Subaru BRZ: Compact, sporty cars with modest performance but offering plenty of thrills.
If Nissan doesn't build this retro duo, it'll be a crying shame.
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