Nissan has recently unveiled the Invitation Concept at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show.
Nissan Invitation is a supermini-MPV crossover concept which combines the agility of a supermini with the spacious cabin of a small SUV. What attracts the views is the one-piece fixed glass roof, similar to the stunning Lexus LF-LC sports car concept, which floods the cabin with light and creates a lovely open atmosphere. It also features a world-first safety system for a supermini, a 360-degree around view camera/monitor system which helps the driver with low speed manoeuvres.
To aim an ultra-low CO2 emission target of under 100g/km and class-leading fuel efficiency, Nissan has combined advanced engine technology, its acclaimed lightweight platform and an aerodynamically efficient body. The Invitation Concept will likely get Nissan’s 88hp 1.4-litre and 110hp 1.6-litre petrol engines, as well as the 1.5-litre dCi unit. However there is speculation that the Micra’s 97bhp supercharged three-cylinder DIG-S engine will get an outing.
The model will be built at Nissan’s Sunderland plant, where the company invested £125 million, creating up to 2,000 jobs. It will go on sale in 2013, together with the Juke and the Micra.