New compact Nissan concept for Geneva 2012

Nissan gives us a 'sneak' preview of its B-segment concept car before Geneva

By Tim Kendall | 6th February 2012

Nissan has released a sneak preview of its forthcoming assault on the mainstream compact hatchback market, a B-segment concept dubbed the ‘Invitation’. A full reveal is scheduled for the Geneva motor show in early March, whilst the Joe Public version hits showrooms in 2013.

The Nissan Invitation Concept

It’s sharply detailed, if a bit more vanilla than the zany B-segment Juke crossover — but a whole lot more adventurous than the geriatric Note. Designed to appeal to what it terms ‘sophisticated European buyers’, the Invitation adds another choice to Nissan’s small car line-up, alongside the Micra and Juke.

Thanks to a slippery shape and lightweight platform, Nissan says the Invitation’s driving dynamics will rival the best, whilst it will head straight to the top of the class for fuel-efficiency and emissions when it launches next year. A sub-100g/km version is also on the cards to fly the ultra-low emissions flag, and all versions will get Nissan’s Pure Drive label, reserved for its most efficient cars.

Nissan’s Note replacement will also brim with technology, including an ‘Around View Monitor’ system, to aid reversing and parallel parking, whilst a host of interactive safety systems will keep the driver aware of what is going on around the car.

Describing the thinking behind the name, Nissan spokesman François Bancon, said: “The name we have given to this concept is self-explanatory… the key benefit of this compact car is to be inviting.

“It is inviting thanks to its sensuous exterior design and generous and comfortable interior space, cleverly packaged within compact overall dimensions. It is Nissan’s invitation to buyers in the compact hatchback segment.”

More details will be revealed at the 2012 Geneva motor show in March.

Nissan Invitation Concept car

Nissan will reveal the Invitation Concept at Geneva in March

Nissan Invitation picture gallery

By Tim Kendall
6th February 2012

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