Slotting into its international range between the light Micra and the Juke crossover (and just beneath the new C-segment Pulsar) Nissan says the Invitation draws its name from its "generous interior space, cleverly packaged within compact overall dimensions".
Arriving more as a thinly-disguised production car than a true concept, the Invitation is expected to hit the UK market early next year before expanding to mainland Europe.
On the styling front, the concept shares little with its stablemates. It features a version of the wide grille worn by the Juke and the new Pulsar, but its sharp profile and futuristic lighting shares more with the 370Z coupe than any of the brand's passenger cars.
Technical details for the Invitation have not been revealed, although Nissan says the most efficienct variant in the range will release less than 100 grams of CO2 per kilometre - low enough to rival the Lexus CT 200h, suggesting a hybrid could be on the cards.
Technology available with the Invitation will include Nissan's Around View Monitor, which uses exterior cameras to display views from all around the vehicle on the in-dash monitor.
Watch for more details to come at Geneva early next month.