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2012-02-07 09:20

NOT YOUR AVERAGE HATCH: The Invitation concept promised to inject some style and pizzazz into the family hatch.

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Nissan is preparing to show a new model in the compact hatchback segment to eventually be sold alongside the existing Micra and Juke.

Nissan plans to preview its Tiida replacement – called Invitation – at the Geneva auto show before it is launched in 2013.

The Invitation concept will be unveiled in March, 2012, at the Geneva auto show to join the Japanese automaker’s Micra and Juke in the hotly-contested compact hatchback model.

According to Nissan, the Invitation brings “fresh style, innovation and excitement to the mainstream market”.

The car’s silhouette is dominated by a character line, or “squash line” as Nissan calls it, to add dynamism to its profile.

Inside, the cabin is practical and modern with a high level of “purposeful technology features”.

MAINSTREAM COOL


François Bancon, Deputy Division General Manager of Product Strategy and Product Planning Division, said: “The name we have given to this concept is self-explanatory. It is designed to be inviting thanks to its sensuous exterior design and generous and comfortable interior space, cleverly packaged within compact overall dimensions.”

Not much mention is made of the concept’s powertrain, but Nissan is aiming for a CO2 target of under 100g/km.

Features will include, for the first time in the B-segment, Nissan’s Around View Monitor to make reversing and parallel parking as stress-free as possible and Safety Shield Technologies that interact with the driving environment to keep the driver aware of what’s happening around the car.

More details are sure to follow at the Geneva show, starting March 8 to 18, 2012.

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