No, you’re not looking at a Honda Fit: the dashing orange concept in the photos above is the new Nissan Invitation concept, which will officially debut at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show next month.
The Invitation previews a forthcoming five-door hatch that, according to Nissan, will slot somewhere between the Micra and the Juke in its European model range. It’s been suggested by Autocar that this is actually the replacement for the Note, which is a small B-segment MPV currently built off the Versa’s architecture.
The Invitation is headed to European production as an as-yet-unnamed model, but it’s anyone’s guess as to if it will come here or not. Although the car is based on Nissan’s B/V platform, which underpins the latest Versa sedan, Nissan’s North American portfolio is already rather full of small cars, including the Versa (a revised hatch is due to launch soon), the Juke, and the Cube.
As for the European version, Nissan is promising that at least one version of the Invitation/Note will emit less than 100 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer, which would exclude it from paying London’s infamous congestion charge and England’s CO2-based road tax. It’ll also become the first car in its class to offer Nissan’s Around View Monitor, something that was first included on much more expensive Infiniti models but has since trickled down to other models. Even so, Nissan notes this marks its first use on a subcompact model.
Expect the Invitation concept will be formally released on stage at Geneva, and to reach production – likely with the Note nameplate still attached – sometime in early 2013.
Source: Nissan, Autocar