2012 Geneva Motor Show Preview: Nissan Invitation Concept

Article by Christian Andrei, on February 6, 2012

Nissan revealed today the Invitation Concept, a new car that previews firm’s next mainstream B-segment contender, which will be sold alongside the Micra city car and innovative Juke crossover. Set to make its debut in March at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, the new Invitation Concept features the same character line seen on other Nissan cars and called “Squash Line”.

As you can see from the photos, the new Nissan Invitation Concept features sculpted front and rear wings but also an impressive interior with high levels of quality and purposeful technology features.

Nissan targets an ultra-low CO2 emission target of under 100g/km for the most frugal model and expects al version to wear its Pure Drive badge.

According to Nissan, the new Invitation Concept carries some of the most advanced technology ever seen in the B-segment such as Around View Monitor (AVM) safety technology which makes reversing and parallel parking as stress-free as possible but also the Nissan Safety Shield Technologies, which interacts with the driving environment keeping the driver aware of what is happening around the car.

“INVITATION’s combination of energetic exterior style, thoughtful interior, advanced safety features and class-leading emissions, fuel economy and dynamic performance demonstrates Nissan’s commitment to offering innovation and excitement to all car buyers, no matter what type of car they are looking to buy.” said the press release.

Nissan Invitation boasts advanced engine technology and a combination of the brand’s acclaimed lightweight platform and aerodynamically efficient body. Because of these, the Invitation achieves class-leading fuel efficiency and emission levels. With the Invitation and with other models carrying its PURE DRIVE label, Nissan is targeting a super low CO2 emission levels of below 100g/km.

At the same time, the Nissan Invitation will be able to compete with the leading performers in its segment in terms of driving dynamics, thanks to responsive agile handling. And like the new Micra, the Invitation makes use of Nissan's light-weight V-platform. This platform was engineered to offer optimum rigidity for outstanding handling characteristics and is paired with a smooth and refined ride while having the lowest possible weight in order to deliver enhanced performance, fuel efficiency, and reduced emissions.

Additionally, the Invitation’s suspension system sees a front end with a MacPherson strut with coil springs and compact torsion beam axle that is meant to minimize intrusion into the car’s luggage area. Both the suspension systems have been mounted on sub frames, helping isolate road noise, harshness and vibration. As for dimensions, Nissan Invitation is 4150-mm long, 1740-mm wide, and 1470-mm tall.

However, Nissan Invitation is more than just a nice-looking and fun-to-drive car. This concept car packs some of the B-segment’s most advanced technologies. In fact, one of these technologies is Nissan's advanced AVM or Around View Monitor safety technology, which can be seen on a B segment car for the very first time. This particular technology makes parallel parking and reversing stress-free.

Moreover, Nissan Invitation incorporates the Nissan Safety Shield Technologies, designed to interact with its driving environment and keep you aware of what’s happening around the car as you drive.

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