Although Nissan already has a subcompact, fuel efficient hatchback in the U.S. market in the form of the 2012 Versa hatchback, the Japanese automaker has just released details on an inviting new subcompact concept car it plans to unveil at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. 

Called the Nissan Invitation, the five seat hatchback is most likely to be a little smaller than the 2012 Versa, although Nissan hasn’t yet published any official dimensions. 

What it has said, however, is that the subcompact will eligible to wear Nissan’s Pure Drive badge -- a sign that its engine will most likely be a three- or four-cylinder, turbocharged, small capacity unit capable of 40 mpg or better.

Styling-wise, the Invitation looks sporty, with an aggressive front grille, sweeping headlights and integrated rear spoiler. 

Designed to look appealing to the younger buyer, Nissan promises that the Invitations looks aren’t just for show, either. It will, the automaker says, be among the top performing cars in its segment.

For the record, that's a segment already dominated by sporty, high gas mileage cars cars like the 2012 Chevrolet Sonic, 2012 Hyundai Accent, 2012 Ford Fiesta and 2012 Toyota Yaris. 

Sadly however, although the Invitation is in its concept stages, Nissan has already said that the subcompact hatchback won’t be destined for the U.S. Instead, the Invitation hints at Nissan’s next subcompact European-market car -- due to be launched some time in 2013. 

And that’s a shame, because although Nissan is due to launch a redesigned 2013 Versa Hatchback at the 2012 New York Auto Show in April, the current indications are that the 2013 Versa Hatchback won’t look quite as sporty as the Invitation. 

But what do you think? Do you like the Invitation concept? Let us know in the comments below. 


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