Nissan Invitation Concept - 2012 Geneva Auto Show

By Editors on February 28, 2012 12:44 PM

A one-off that offers a real-world preview of an upcoming compact offering, the Nissan Invitation Concept makes its world debut in Geneva. While the automaker calls this sophisticated five-door an "inspiration" for a next-generation hatchback set to launch in Europe sometime next year as a successor to the Nissan Note, this B-sized front driver also could foreshadow cues to the look and advanced technology we'll see migrate to our shores in a future successor to our Versa  -- or perhaps an all-new model.

The Nissan Invitation's more expressive exterior styling combines a sleek yet youthful appearance with what Nissan says will be best-in-class aerodynamic numbers. Aggressively sculpted nose and tail treatments featuring  prominent LED lighting elements are matched with distinctive side-body sculpting highlighted by a rising "Squash Line" that adds more dynamic character to its profile.

Inside, the cabin of the Invitation Concept has a decidedly upscale look and offers generous people space for occupants of the front and rear seats plus the ability to be easily reconfigured when cargo takes priority. Complementing its user-friendly control layouts and highly legible displays, the Invitation Concept also introduces a number of cool tech touches to a B-segment offering, including Nissan's Around View Monitor technology that helps in reversing and parallel parking chores as well as the full suite of Nissan Safety Shield Technologies.

Based on Nissan's lightweight global "V" platform, the Invitation Concept will have its suspension tuned to deliver best-in-class handling dynamics, something that will carry over to its volume-build successor. While remaining close-lipped about powertrain specifics, François Bancon, deputy division general manager of Product Strategy and Product Planning Division, did confirm that the production variant also will achieve class-leading levels of fuel efficiency and emissions. "Nissan is aiming for an ultra-low CO2 emission target of under 100g/km for the best model and with all versions eligible to wear Nissan's Pure Drive badge."