Nissan’s Sway concept could hint at another subcompact niche model image

Japan’s second largest automaker, Nissan, has been known for its all-wheel drive and sport utility vehicles for decades and the past years have also seen the company introducing hot-selling and segment busting models such as the Qashqai and Juke.

According to company executives the Nissan Sway concept, recently introduced to the audience during the 2015 edition of the Geneva International Motor Show in Switzerland, is now aiming to do the niche job again: it previews a completely new subcompact model for the brand that also needs now a proper replacement for the Micra nameplate. The company’s Europe boss, Paul Willcox, said the reports of the model replacing the current Micra were unfounded: “It’s purely a test of design. It’s not the new Micra,” commented Wilcox. We’re still expecting the new Micra to come in 2016 though. Other Nissan executives said the Sway might actually preview a new category in the subcompact class. “There is room for something new, we just need to find it,” claimed Trevor Mann, Nissan’s global performance leader.

He added that today lines are again blurring between hatchbacks and crossovers in the subcompact and compact segments. The Sway is 4010 mm long and just 1385 mm tall and could offer an entirely new model to compliment the European range of subcompact models: the Micra, the Juke crossover and the Note minivan. With Micra remaining one of the oldest models in the range and still not updated to the company’s latest design language it fell out of favor with clients, outsold now by the Juke subcompact crossover.

Via Automotive News Europe