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by Tim Beissmann

Nissan will launch an all-new city-sized hatch in 2013 to sit between the Micra city car and the Juke compact crossover.

The city car’s design is previewed by the Nissan Invitation concept – seen here for the first time ahead of its official unveiling at the 2012 Geneva motor show in March.

Nissan says the sharply styled Invitation showcases class-leading aerodynamics, contributing to hybrid-rivalling fuel efficiency and emissions. The most fuel-efficient variant of the all-new production car will emit less than 100 grams of CO2 per kilometre, roughly translating to fuel economy below 4.2 litres per 100km.

Nissan promises the car’s responsive and agile handling will make it competitive with the top performers in the segment.

The Invitation has a dynamic stance, with the angular LED-infused headlights integrating into Nissan’s new corporate hexagonal grille. The profile features a distinctive “squash line”, giving it motion, and flowing into the dramatic taillights.

The interior is modern and spacious, with the high-tech instrument cluster and touchscreen centre console juxtaposed by the uncluttered steering wheel and simple console surface between the front seats.

Innovative features enhancing the driving experience include Nissan’s Advanced View Monitor, which improves the driver’s perception when reversing and parallel parking, as well as Nissan Safety Shield Technologies, which the automaker says interacts with the environment to keep the driver aware of what is happening around the car.

More details on the Nissan Invitation concept will be revealed at the Geneva show, which kicks off on March 6.




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