The Nissan Invitation concept combines compact supermini dimensions with generous SUV cabin space
Steve Cropley Autocar
4 March 2012

Nissan has unveiled the Nissan Invitation, a B-segment concept for the Geneva motor show that combines the cuteness, compactness and agility of a supermini with the generous cabin space of a baby SUV.

With the Nissan Invitation, the firm is signaling its plan to continue launching progressive crossover designs into Europe’s mainstream market sectors.

See official pictures of the Nissan Invitation

The new Nissan “previews a forthcoming mainstream model due in Europe in 2013”. Insiders say it is a more dynamic replacement for the sober but successful Micra-based Note.

When it hits production, the new Note will sell alongside the company’s funky Juke crossover and the economy-minded Micra hatchback to underscore Nissan’s commitment to the fast-expanding B-segment.

Nissan is promising an ultra-frugal version – likely to be powered by the supercharged 1.0-litre engine already used in the Micra – which will emit less than 100g/km of CO2. All versions will be eligible to wear Nissan’s Pure Drive badge, available only to the highest-efficiency models.

The Invitation concept, created in Japan, will be adapted for European production in Nissan’s design centre in Cranfield, Bedfordshire. It will have “a refreshingly open cabin” and have equipment rarely seen in this sector such as an Around View Monitor system, which uses four cameras to provide a ‘helicopter view’ useful for reversing and parallel parking.

The concept also incorporates Nissan’s Safety Shield system, which interacts with the driver to keep him or her aware of what is happening around the car.

Steve Cropley

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6 February 2012

Surely you meant MPV and wrote SUV instead? Seems to be happening a lot in Autocar recently.

6 February 2012

How would you define each? I don't disagree with you but things seem to be blurring to me? I think I quite like it but reminds me of a hatch they do in South America (called something like Tiida?).

6 February 2012

Very nice styling. Wonder how much of that would make production once the committee has had its wicked way with it.

6 February 2012

I've always thought the Note was a good car, however at 27 I'm probably a bit too young for it. This however looks great. If they keep the styling as-is I'd have one

6 February 2012

I'm not the greatest fan of MPVs but I have to say that this Nissan looks great. A dynamic and almost desirable looking MPV, almost in a similar mould to the S-Max.

If the production version stays true to this concept, and I suspect it will as it looks so production ready minus the concept detailing, the B-Max will look even more dumpy, unbalanced and awkward looking than it does now. And the Nissan's dash looks fab too.

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6 February 2012

If only these concept cars got on the roads.

Peter Cavellini.

6 February 2012

If they can endow it with the same sort of fun spirit as the Note in this modern packaging then they will be on to a winner.

I'd take this over a Meriva anyday!

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

6 February 2012

A nice replacement for the Note. Glad to see they've been more adventurous with it's styling rather than they did with the latest Micra.

6 February 2012

Looks funky but, crossover-schmossover, isn't this what we used to call a hatchback?

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