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Nissan Invitation, Hi-Cross concepts look ready for production (photos)

Nissan debuts a pair of concepts, the Invitation and Hi-Cross, that are small in stature, but big on efficiency.

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Nissan Hi-Cross concept

Nissan is thinking small at the 2012 Geneva auto show with a pair of concepts that aim to shrink their respective physical and carbon footprints.
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Nissan Hi-Cross concept

The first concept is the Hi-Cross, a hybrid crossover that aims to match the power of the automaker's current 2.5-liter engine by pairing a 2.0-liter direct-injected engine with a lithium-ion-powered electric hybrid system.
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Nissan Hi-Cross concept

The nose takes elements present on the current Murano crossover (and a pinch of Infiniti FX/EX proportion) and extrapolates them into the future.
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Nissan Hi-Cross concept

The Hi-Cross uses Nissan's Xtronic CVT, which has been modified to work with the all-wheel-drive system.
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Nissan Hi-Cross concept

21-inch alloy wheels look good on a concept but definitely wouldn't make it to showrooms on a road-going hybrid.
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Nissan Hi-Cross concept

The Hi-Cross doesn't look very large in person, but Nissan assures us that it seats seven passengers.
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Nissan Hi-Cross concept

This dashboard and center console are unlike anything in current Nissan vehicles, making extensive use of virtual displays.
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Nissan Invitation concept

At the other end of the scale is the Nissan Invitation concept, a small hatchback that immediately evokes comparison with the Honda Fit.
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Nissan Invitation concept

You'll never hear me actually say that the Nissan Quest is an attractive vehicle, but the Invitation concept makes great use of design elements cribbed from the minivan.
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Nissan Invitation concept

Interestingly, Nissan seems keen on building the Invitation. Expect the European launch to happen in 2013. Don't expect these sweet LED headlamps to make the cut.
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Nissan Invitation concept

Being based on underpinnings that are similar to the Nissan Micra, we expect that the B-segment Invitation will be front-wheel driven.
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Nissan Invitation concept

The "squash line" crease that sweeps along the concept's door gives the Invitation a sporty character.
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Nissan Invitation concept

For a vehicle that's supposedly production-bound, Nissan is surprisingly light on the details surrounding the Invitation's power train. All that we're told is that Nissan is "aiming for an ultra-low CO2 emission target of under 100g/km."
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Nissan Invitation concept

Nissan has loaded the Invitation with cabin technology, including its around-view monitor. That seems a bit excessive on such a small vehicle, but we'll take it.
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Nissan Juke

Nissan's entire line of models was on display at the Geneva Auto Show, including the segment-bashing Juke. Hey, how do you make a Nissan Juke look good? Pose a pretty lady in front of it.

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