The Nissan NX was a vehicle produced from Nissan Motors from 1991 to 1996. Basically, the Nissan NX was a B13 platform Nissan Sentra or Sunny but with different body shell. It took the place of Nissan Sentra hatchback and slackly a progression of the Nissan Pulsar NX/Nissan EXA produced from 1987 to 1990.
NX1600/NX2000 (North America)
NX1600 and NX2000 were the two North American models. The NX1600 shared the 1.6-L (GA16DE) engine with Sentra, while the NX2000 shared its 2.0-L (SR20DE) engine with SE-R. The model was first appeared in 1991 and remained in production until 1993 in the United States. It was also produced for short time in other countries. The major competitors were the Mazda MX-3 and Honda CR-X del Sol.
Compared to SE-R, the NX came with larger brakes and aggressive tires on wider 6-inch wheels (195/55VR-14 with 14×6-inch wheels compared to the 185/60HR-14 with 14×5.5-inch wheels and tires in the SE-R). Other features offered in NX2000 were a center armrest, a larger two core radiator and slightly lower ride height. The NX2000 was a little heavier than the SE-R because of the T-top roof and some mechanical upgrades.
The lightweight, stiff chassis and limited slip differential offered the best-handling for any of the front-wheel drive of that time. The NX2000 was included in list of the world’s best handling cars including: Acura NSX, Porsche 911, Nissan 300ZX, Mazda Miata, and Lotus Elan, by Road & Truck magazine in 1992.
The NX sold in European market as 100NX. Two engines were offered there including: 1.6-L and 2.0-L.
The models produced from 1990 to 1993, came with 1.6-L carburetor fitted engine known for consuming too much fuel. However, the models produced from 1993 to 1996 came with an efficient fuel injected mechanism. The engine used throughout the 100NX production include: 1.6 carbureted — 90 bhp (67 kW; 91 PS); 1.6-L fuel injected — 105 bhp (78 kW; 106 PS); 2.0-L fuel injected — 150 bhp (112 kW; 152 PS) North American version; and 2.0-L fuel injected — 143 bhp (107 kW; 145 PS).
The 1.6-L fuel injected engine sprinted from 0 to 60 mph in 10.5 seconds with a top speed of 121 mph (195 km/h). In the European market, the 100NX featured a removable T-bar roof.
NX Coupe (Japan)
The Japanese domestic market received Nissan NX in the form of NX Coupe. Some models came with T-Tops, while certain others were introduced as hardtop version. The Japanese NX Coupe came equipped with a 1.5-L DOHC EFI engine (SR18DE) or the unusual 2.0-L DOHC EFI engine (SR20DE) used in Australian NX-R. The engine was mated to either manual or automatic transmission.
Digital speedometers were introduced in the 1.5-L DOHC version, while all the rest models had a conventional analogue gage. Other prominent features found in the Japanese Coupe were: electric windows, air conditioning, power steering, electric mirrors and central locking which locked the doors automatically at 18 km/h while driving.