Our spies have grabbed on camera Nissan's upcoming Volkswagen Golf rival which has been confirmed for a 2014 launch.

Our spies have grabbed on camera Nissan's upcoming Volkswagen Golf rival which has been confirmed for a 2014 launch.

It will be a replacement in Europe for the rather unpopular Tiida and promises to adopt some styling influences seen on the 2012 Invitation Concept. Judging by the extremely familiar appearance of this prototype which looks a lot like the 2013 Pulsar / Tiida hatchback, this is possibly (and hopefully) a test mule to hide a completely different design.

Nissan previously said the new model will get the firm's V-grille and the front fascia will be a "little bit leftfield, a little bit edgy." It will forgo the Tiida moniker in favor of a familiar name which will "evoke something from the past."

The C-segment hatchback will be built in Barcelona, Spain where Nissan is investing more than 130M EUR to prepare the plant for the new model. At the same facility they will boost output of the Navara (aka Frontier) and make transmissions for the Leaf and eNV200.

A public debut of the Golf rivaling-Nissan could occur in September at the Frankfurt Motor Show, before the car goes on sale in early 2014.

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