The Sway Concept that Nissan unveiled at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show is a study that previews the next-generation Micra and the way that the Japanese manufacturer is experimenting in order to see how it can bring fresh ideas to the compact segment. Nissan will launch the next-generation Micra in mid-2016 and will be designed and engineered in Europe, which is the same strategy used by the company with the Qashqai and Juke.
According to Nissan, the concept was designed to shake up the compact hatchback segment, which is known as a conservative sector of the market. When it comes to design, the concept blends four distinctive elements: the V-motion grille, floating roof, boomerang lamps and kicked-up C-pillar.
This new design already inspired vehicles such as the Nissan Lania Concept which was unveiled at the Auto China 2014, as well as the new Murano. As we said, the Sway Concept shows a V-motion grille, located low at the front between V-shaped quarter bumpers. Moreover, the grille is actually the starting point for a bold contour that curves over the bonnet and front wheels and dips towards the centre of the front door.
The rear end shows boomerang LED taillights, trapezoidal exhaust pipes as well as a stylish bumper. Extra rigidity was obtained thanks to a distinctive deformed X-structure located in the centre of the roof with a crossing point of the ‘X’ sitting above the front seat passengers. The vehicle is finished in a unique ‘bluish dawn grey’, which is a grey with hints of blue which are visible under light.
Inside, we can see a darker, deeper blue, with contrasting ivory and orange colours that match the exterior. Nissan says that the interior was inspired by the IDx Concept, which was unveiled at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show and adopts a gliding wing shaped dash. The steering wheel shows the back-to-basics simplicity, while the two basic instruments face the driver.
Meanwhile, there is a trapezoidal tablet located in the centre of the dash, which can be used by both driver and front passenger. Nissan says that its Sway Concept is 4,010 mm long, has a length of 1,780 mm, a height of 1,385 mm, while the wheelbase is 2,570 mm long.
Paul Willcox, Chairman Nissan Europe, said: "Nissan is on the move. The brand stands for bold, innovative thinking in the European automotive market - indeed around the globe - and our growth in Europe is led by outstanding new products, which are defined by outstanding design. The Sway underlines how important design is for Nissan in building our brand and driving our growth." [source: Nissan]