Unlike a simple design exercise, the Invitation
concept introduces Nissan's forthcoming model for the
sub-compact category (B-segment, supermini) in Europe,
where it will be launched next and sold alongside the also B-segment models of the brand, the Micra city car
and JUKE crossover.
On the outside, the INVITATION
concept wraps its energetic shape with a "clean fluidity of the silhouette"
to hint at its "potential..." (versions and
possibilities), as Nissan put it.
The side is dominated by what
Nissan calls a ‘Squash Line', which connects the sculpted front and rear wings
in a dynamic "exchange".
François Bancon, Deputy Division General Manager of Product Strategy and Product Planning Division,
says: "The name we have given... is self-explanatory...
It is inviting thanks to its... generous and comfortable interior
space... within compact overall dimensions."
On the mechanical side, Nissan
announced that engine technology with a lightweight platform and an
aerodynamic shape will help INVITATION achieve high fuel efficiency
with an ultra-low CO2 emission target of under 100g/km
(for the most fuel efficient version), but with all
other versions still eligible for the Nissan's Pure Drive badge.
As far as safety is concerned, the concept features Nissan's advanced Around View Monitor (AVM) safety technology
(a notable feature for a B segment car) which helps in reversing and parallel
parking, as well as the Nissan Safety Shield Technologies
with cameras and proximity sensors to alert the driver to potential