Earlier today, Nissan released a teaser shot of a car called the Sports Sedan Concept to close out the year. The show car will be fully revealed at the Detroit Motor Show in January, where it will be joined by the IDx Freeflow and IDx NISMO for their North American debuts. The press release has led some media outlets to speculate that the Sports Sedan Concept is a Datsun 510 revival. It is not and here’s our evidence.
First, it’s understandable that some reports got it wrong because the press release somewhat confusingly lumps descriptions of all three concepts into one paragraph:
The Sport Sedan Concept previews a new energetic design direction that amplifies Nissan’s legendary approach of applying sports car principles to a sedan. The IDx Freeflow and IDx NISMO’s innovative, eye-catching designs offer two different approaches to a next-generation compact vehicle…
However, the concept is likely to preview the next Maxima, an offshoot the Bluebird lineup. Specifically, though, Sports Sedan Concept name recalls the 1989 Maxima, which was marketed as the “Four Door Sports Car” and even wore a tiny “4DSC” decal on the door. It was praised for its performance and handling in what was essentially a mid-size front-wheel-drive sedan.
The strongest evidence, though, is that we’ve seen the Sports Sedan Concept in person already. Although we can’t reveal any details beyond what has been shown, we can assure you it’s not a new 510.
Lastly, the current Maxima was introduced in 2009 and is due for a refresh. Sorry, 510 fans, if your hopes were raised. However, Nissan is definitely gauging public response to the IDx, so if you would like to see it enter production, please let your voice be heard. They are listening.