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Nissan Sway Concept Previews Sporty New Hatch in Geneva

Posted by Stephen On Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

2015 Nissan Sway Concept

The 2015 Geneva Motor Show is finally underway, and our first piece of coverage is for an all-new hot hatch from Nissan. Last week we saw our first couple teasers for the new Nissan Sway Concept, and now we finally have an in-the-metal look at this dynamic compact concept car.

It’s clear that the Nissan Sway Concept has been “designed to shake up the traditionally conservative B- segment hatchback sector.” The Japanese automaker is taking the same approach in the compact hatch segment that they’ve already successfully executed in the crossover segment with the Nissan Juke and Qashqai.

Now that we have a full look at the Nissan Sway Concept, it’s much easier to evaluate its design. There are a few key design elements that Nissan pointed out in their presentation today at Geneva…

First, the V-motion grille, which basically forms the visual foundation for the rest of the hatch’s design. The boldly sculpted bodylines curve over the bonnet and wheels to straighten out along the side of the car. The boomerang headlights perfectly accent the dynamic, fluid movement of the grille with a piercing, eye-like design. Nissan notes that they’ve broken the norm by making the boomerang LED one solid lamp and inserting separated LEDs within.

2015 Nissan Sway Concept rear

The swooping body lines extending from the front of the Sway Concept pinch in the middle and kick back up for a highly elevated C-pillar. This creates an extremely sporty profile that’s further accentuated by the heavily sculpted rear-end.

Finally, the coup de grace is the panoramic floating roof, which is a design element we’ve grown to love from Nissan’s recent concepts. This time they’ve used a C-shaped orange construct to span from the A-pillar to the top of C-pillar (no B-pillar) and into a slight rear spoiler. This perfectly contrasts the blue-steel aesthetic of the body. Inside the C-shape is a supportive X-shaped structure (see below) which sits directly above the front seat.

2015 Nissan Sway Concept floating roof

With a design like this, you can see why Nissan highlights ‘dynamic’ and ‘sporty’ as key words when describing their goals for the new Sway Concept. And believe it or not, the interior is just as cool.

2015 Nissan Sway Concept interior

The Nissan Sway Concept was carefully designed from the inside out to appeal to the demands of today’s European drivers. Designers were instructed to look at current European fashion trends to select a color scheme and materials for the Sway’s cabin. The result is a rich indigo and silver interior with white and orange accents. The materials used are a mixture of leather, fabric and metal. They’ve also implemented their ‘Gliding Wing-shaped dashboard’ to ensure that the front dash feels spacious, comfortable and intuitive.

Unfortunately, Nissan didn’t confirm exactly when or how their new Nissan Sway Concept would come to market… Only that it would definitely be doing so. Our guess is still that this is a preview for the new Micra, but we’ll just have to wait and see.


New Nissan Hatchback Making Its Sway to Geneva

Posted by Stephen On Monday, March 2nd, 2015

We officially have a hot new car to look out for at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, which is less than a week away. That car is the Nissan Sway Concept, which you can see in our first official preview below.

Nissan Sway Concept

The Sway is a new hatchback concept from the world’s second-largest Japanese automaker. Nissan barely hit 100 words in their press release that came with this image, but they did offer a couple juicy tidbits about what we can expect from this new concept car.

First, Nissan says that the “Sway is a glimpse at how a future generation of small Nissan models could look if the company’s striking new design language was applied to a European hatchback.” Apparently, Nissan is looking to apply the same out-of-the-box thinking and next-level quality standards to the small hatch segment as they have to the crossover segment.

In other words, the Sway concept will be Nissan’s next status quo challenging vehicle, just like the Juke and the Qashqai before it.

The teaser image on its own doesn’t offer too much information. However, there are a few key design elements we can see in this new concept, such as Nissan’s hallmark V-motion grille, some angry looking daytime running lights and relatively thin fog lights, which may outline some sort of front vent design. We can also see an aggressively sculpted body that honestly doesn’t look like it’s all that far from production.

Unfortunately, we probably won’t learn anything more about the Nissan Sway Concept until it makes its official debut next week at the Geneva Motor Show. However, we have a highly relevant Japanese car auction find for you to tide you over ‘til then:

Japanese Car Auction Find – 2013 Nissan March 12X

2013 Nissan March 12X

Nissan already has a small hatchback available in Europe, and that car is the Nissan Micra, aka. the Nissan March. We’re guessing that the Nissan Sway Concept previews the next generation of Nissan’s already-existing hatchback offering.

2013 Nissan March rear

You can see here that the current Nissan March is a great looking car, but not one that really breaks any boundaries the way Nissan has with the Qashqai and Juke. As a Nissan March 12X model, this car comes fitted with a 1.2L straight-three engine that produces 79 hp and 80 lb-ft of torque. It’s the same engine used in the Nissan Note.

The current Nissan March has been on the market since 2010, so if the Sway Concept previews a new version of that car, it would certainly make sense as a 2016MY.

For more information about this Japanese car auction find, keep reading below the auction sheet:

2013 Nissan March 12X auction sheet

“Interior A, first registered October 2013, 12X model, FAT, AC, power steering, power windows, service book,, airbag, intelligent key, CD, idling stop, marks as per map”