Jose Altoveros / Nissan, JUSTIA Trademarks | September 21, 2017 13:10
Nissan trademarks 'IMX' name, suggests sports coupe is in the works
Back in 2013, Nissan introduced the IDx concept at the Tokyo Motor Show. The IDx concept would preview a lightweight, rear wheel drive sports coupe that could be added to Nissan's current sports car line up – the 370Z and the GT-R. However, Nissan quickly ended that possibly by saying that the IDx would only preview their future design direction.
Fast forward to 2017, a report by Autoguide says that Nissan could be playing with the idea of bringing back the iDX concept but in production guise and with a name change. According to Autoguide, Nissan has recently filed the trademark 'NISSAN IMX' to be used on a production vehicle. Looking at the trademark's fine print, it says that the IMX could be used for 'sports cars' or 'electric vehicles' among other automobiles.
Given that the IMX trademark mentioned both sports cars and electric vehicles for its application, it is possible the production model would use a hybrid powertrain. Going back, the IDx was introduced in two variants, Freeflow and Nismo. The freeflow variant was powered by a 1.4-liter inline four engine. Meanwhile, the Nismo had a more powerful 1.6-liter turbocharged inline-four which produced 230 PS. The IMX could use a variant of these engines but with the addition of a hybrid system to meet regulations.
Earlier in the week, Nissan also detailed that they will adding 12 new electric cars to their lineup by 2022. The IMX could be part of this upcoming model launch, hinting that it could also be a purely electric sports car.
At the moment, no other details about the IMX has surfaced apart from its trademark filing. Like other trademark filings, there is also the possiblity that the IMX will not even see production. We will have to wait and see what Nissan has instore for the IMX's future.