Nissan Invitation Small Car Concept Revealed–Will It Be Placed Along Under Micra In India?

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Nissan has revealed its latest small concept car called the Nissan Invitation at Rolle in Switzerland on 6th January 2012. The small car is a B segment compact hatchback which will be place along side the small car Nissan Micra and Nissan Juke crossover. Called INVITATION, the dynamic concept – which will be unveiled at this year’s Geneva International Motor Show (8-18 March) – shows some of the innovation and excitement promised for the new model, which is due to be launched in Europe from 2013.

Invitation is an energetic design, bringing fresh style, innovation and excitement to the mainstream market. The clean fluidity of the silhouette hints at its dynamic potential and showcases class-leading aerodynamics for enhanced efficiency.The side of the car is dominated by a distinctive character line, known internally as the ‘Squash Line’, which adds a powerful dynamism to its profile with distinctive sculpted front and rear wings giving INVITATION a confident stance.

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Inside, a refreshingly open cabin combines practicality and modernity with impressive levels of quality and purposeful technology features.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… 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.”

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Combining advanced engine technology, Nissan’s acclaimed lightweight platform and an aerodynamically efficient body mean Invitation achieves 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.

At the same time, responsive agile handling will ensure that when it comes to driving dynamics, Invitation will compete with the top performers in the segment.

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But Invitation is more than just a great looking car that’s fun and frugal to drive. The concept packs some of the most advanced technology ever seen in the B-segment, all of which is designed to ensure the car is as safe as possible.

Among the features is Nissan’s advanced Around View Monitor (AVM) safety technology – seen for the first time on a B segment car – which makes reversing and parallel parking as stress-free as possible. In addition, Invitation also incorporates the Nissan Safety Shield System, which interacts with the driving environment keeping the driver aware of what is happening around the car.

Considering this car from Indian perspective the Invitation may come to India in coming years and maybe placed alongside or under the Nissan Micra and Renault Pulse. The small car has a dynamic design to challenge its competition and a frugal small displacement engine offering may make it a viable value proposition. Invitation has huge potential if placed correctly in terms of pricing and features for a market like India where small cars are the front runners of the sales volume.

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