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Mike Stevens | Jul, 16 2014 | 5 Comments

The compact Nissan coupe that once appeared to be in the fast lane to production appears to have hit a roadblock, according to new reports.

Revealed last year as a pair of retro-inspired rear-wheel-drive concepts, the IDx was expected to be transformed into a Toyota 86-rivalling sub-Z coupe.

Now, a report with US site Ward’s Auto suggests Nissan is struggling to balance the sums on producing a new lightweight low-volume platform for rear-wheel-drive application.

“It’s not easy to do," Nissan executive Pierre Loing told the website.

"If you do something like this and you manage to do a vehicle at [a low price], what else would you do on this platform?"

"Because frankly to do a platform for 50,000 or 60,000 [units] a year, it’s not worth it."

The company’s existing rear-wheel-drive architectures are understood to be too expensive to both modify and manufacture for use in the budget-focused iDx.

It has been reported in the past that Nissan could utilise a version of the next-generation Z car’s platform beneath the iDx, but these latest comments may suggest a compatibility issue.

Reports in recent years have also suggested that Nissan could instead look to a multi-model arrangement for its next Z car, offering a more affordable and lower-powered option to steal buyers away from the popular Toyota 86.

The new Z is already expected to boast a noteably lighter kerb weight than the current model’s 1515kg, and a smaller turbocharged engine would also help to keep weight down.

If nothing else, this latest report casts doubt over earlier hopes for an iDx production debut sometime in 2016.

“‘Will the IDx become something or not’ is debated, but certainly not by 2016,” Loing said.

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