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Nissan Sway is a Micra from the future

Geneva Motor Show: Nissan has pulled back the curtain on the Sway, a concept compact hatchback that shows the next Micra may have claws. Really sharp ones, in fact.

Nissan says the Sway is a glimpse at how a future generation of compact Nissan models might look, when it comes to a European hatchback. It has been deliberately made ’emotional, edgy and exciting’ because apparently Europeans like all that. 

The 4m long, 1.78m wide and 1.385m tall exterior is a far cry from the old people’s Micra, thanks to an aggressive V-motion grille flanked by twin V-shaped quarter bumpers, ‘boomerang’ headlamps and angular lines aplenty. It is, quite honestly, way too trendy for the pipe and slippers brigade. 

Atop the car is a panoramic roof, which appears to be floating because there is no central B-pillar. To make it easier to get in and out, the back doors are rear-hinged. 

The interior uses dark blue and contrasting ivory colours and design techniques usually associated with industrial architecture to wow you, but while keeping things simple by using a three-spole steering wheel and aluminium struts in the doors that double up as a handle. 

Continuing the theme of simplicity are two instruments in front of the driver. All other car controls are taken care of with a trapezoidal tablet in the centre of the dashboard. So old and young will find it a doddle to drive.

Nissan senior vice president and chief creative officer Shiro Nakamura said: “We believe that the Sway continues our tradition of challenging the status quo in market segments by bringing something fresh, distinctive and striking, much as we did with Qashqai and Juke.” 

Nissan Sway concept pictures

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