Remember how Nissan said the Sports Sedan Concept was going to redefine the marque’s future design language? They wasted no time and have already given the Nissan IDx, unveiled in Tokyo less than two months ago, a facelift for its North American debut.
This is the first showing on US soil of both the IDx Freeflow and IDx NISMO, which stole the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show last November. In the intervening weeks designers have updated both concepts with what is now known as the V-motion grille. This will be the new corporate face of Nissan, like it or not, though you might like it a little better upon learning the history behind it.
Last month we had a conversation about the SSC with Executive Chief Designer Mamoru Aoki, a veteran designer at Nissan who joined the company in the late 1980s. Some of Aoki’s projects have included the P10 Primera (Infiniti G20), Cima (Infiniti Q), and 350Z. During our chat, Aoki revealed a secret history of the V-motion grille not mentioned in any official announcements or press releases.
Aoki told us the the V is an evolution of the twin-eggcrate grille found on the 2004-08 Maxima, 2003-07 Murano, 2003-09 Quest and other models. That grille, in turn, was an evolution of the twin-wing grille found on cars like the 2002-10 March and 2007-10 Pino. However, go back 26 years and you might discover that the basis for this design was established, albeit subtly, in the iconic zenki (pre-facelift) S13 240SX, affectionately known to fans as the “pignose.” As it happens, that was Aoki’s first project when he started at Nissan.
Additionally, now that we’ve seen the Sport Sedan Concept’s other key trait, what Aoki calls the “floating roof,” the IDx’s C-pillars IDx make a lot more sense. What do JNCers think, do you prefer the old nose or new? Here are photos from Tokyo for reference: