Nissan reveals radical new Sway concept

Following a teaser picture released last month, Nissan has officially unveiled its new Sway hatchback concept at the Geneva Motor Show.

Nissan describes it as “emotional, edgy and exciting”, and says it offers a glimpse at how the future generations of compact Nissan hatchbacks could look with the marque’s new design language.

Rumoured to be a preview of how the next-generation Micra could look, the Nissan Sway concept is certainly far removed from the last Micra, with a dramatic and striking new appearance.

Fresh idea for the hatchback market

Shiro Nakamura, Nissan’s senior vice president and chief designer, said: “With this new concept car for Geneva, we are experimenting to see how Nissan might be able to bring fresh ideas to the compact hatchback segment.

“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.”

Featuring swooping lines, a bold colour scheme and a striking new nose and grille design, Nissan says that the Sway was created specifically to shake up the “conservative” and predictable hatchback market.

The exterior features highly distinctive elements like the ‘V-motion’ grille present on the Qashqai and other modern Nissans, plus a floating roof and the same ‘boomerang’ lamps as on the Pulsar.

A pinched-in waistline adds a sleek and agile look, while the Sway is completed with twin trapezoidal exhaust pipes and a floating, panoramic glass roof, along with an eye-catching blue and orange finish.

On the inside, the Sway is upholstered in deep blue with contrasting ivory and orange colours to match the exterior paintwork, while the cockpit comes complete with a stripped back dashboard.

Nissan says that “elegant simplicity” was the inspiration for the dash, with the result an interior which places function as its main priority instead of mere decorative effect.

“Elegant simplicity”

Even the door pulls and three-spoke steering wheel have been stripped down to the bare bones, while only two basic instruments face the driver to reduce distractions.

All other functions are contained on a large trapezoidal tablet that sits in the centre of the dashboard and which can be used by either the driver or the front seat passenger.

The exposed vibe continues to the seats, which are covered in a faux-suede fabric and feature stitching techniques which Nissan says features predominantly on luxury handbags.

Whether or not the Sway will be put into production as the next Micra remains to be seen, but Nissan has already confirmed that the next-gen Micra will be built in France.

No estimation of when it will arrive has yet been given either, but it’s possible that the new Nissan supermini could arrive sometime next year.