Drawing its styling inspiration from the recent Sport Sedan concept - now transformed into the new Maxima - and the big new Murano, the Sway represents another step toward a sharpened look for the Nissan brand.
Hints of this styling have made their way across the carmaker’s latest range, particularly in the headlights and tail lamps of the new Qashqai and X-Trail, but the Sway represents the most aggressive iteration of the look yet.
“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 design boss Shiro Nakamura.
“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.”
Standout features with the Sway include long slender headlights either side of a deep grille design, tightly folded waving character lines through the body, a wraparound glasshouse and big new hooked tail lamps.
The Sway concept measures 4010mm long and rides on a 2470mm wheelbase, making it noteably longer across both spans than the current 3780mm/2450mm fourth-generation Micra.
An all-new Micra is due to enter production sometime in the middle of 2016, so we can likely expect Nissan to reveal an even more evolved version of the Sway in the months ahead.