Recently at the Paris Auto Show, Nissan unveiled the new generation of the Micra, which was quite a shocker to the automotive world. Except for the name, the new 2017 Nissan Micra shares absolutely nothing with its predecessor. As you might recall, the predecessor model was under-engineered, had low-quality technologies and a host of plastic surfaces. The model was targeted to those buyers looking for the cheapest car in the market. The model was sold to developing economies and as such was not a delight to anyone.
Well, you can imagine the shock when Nissan unveiled quite an attractive hatch with the European buyers in mind. The new model has a stylish exterior and features an array of technologies that no one would expect to find in a vehicle of its size and stature. The last version of the Micra was released 6 years ago. In fact, the Nissan Micra features technologies no one would have dreamed about back then.
Gone are the days of lackluster design; now the new model will be able to compete with the likes of Honda Jazz and Ford Fiesta without looking out of place. It is unfortunate though that the model won’t be offered in the US. Read along to find out what Nissan has packed in the new Micra, a car that threatens to unsettle the super-mini segment.
2017 Nissan Micra Exterior
We always knew Nissan was doing something special with the Micra ever since we captured spy shots of the model under heavy camouflage. Wherever you look, there is something new or upgraded. To start with, at the front, Nissan has enlarged the V-motion grille. It features a wider and larger chrome V. In addition, its plastic louvers on the upper side of the grille also feature a flattened V shape. The hood is more aggressive and still carries muscular bodylines that run into the fenders and onto the side profile. The headlights are also new and are integrated with running lights on their inner edges. The fascia also features rectangular-shaped fog lights.
On the sides, the Micra features new side mirrors, which are mounted farther down on its front doors. The rear doors don’t have a weird curvature as the automaker has opted for a more straight design. The area below the bodyline but above the side skirts has a 3D effect that adds to the stylish design of the side profile. The aggressive lines on the hood curve into the fenders and the doors to finish off the excellent side profile of the Micra.
At the rear, the 2017 Nissan Micra features a bold overhang while the lower part of the hatch features prominent bodylines. The new taillights rise from the body to create a 3D effect. Reverse lights have been integrated into the center of the taillights. The model also features a wider black insert as well as a horizontal air vent just below the insert.
In general, Nissan’s design team went into overdrive to make the 2017 Nissan Micra one of the models to watch in this segment. It is just unfortunate that the model won’t be offered in the States. Once more, the American market misses on an affordable hot hatch.
2017 Nissan Micra Interior
Just like the exterior, the interior has been completely overhauled. The model comes with a smaller and rectangular-shaped HVAC mounted above the center stack. A 7-inch display is mounted at the center of the dash. At each end of the dash is a circular vent, one of the only features carried over from the outgoing Micra. The vents are however more pronounced and feature a bright chrome surround. The display is used to control the vehicle’s navigation system, audio system as well as manage the Siri voice control via Apple CarPlay. The model comes with a 6-speaker Bose audio system, which is customized for this model.
Further, the new Nissan Micra features a flat-bottomed steering wheel. The model also comes with anew instrument cluster. The instrument cluster has a refined look, which features a small TFT display at the center flanked by a tachometer on the left and a speedometer on the right. The lighting of the instrument cluster adds to the Micra’s modern interior look.
The model comes with sporty front seats that are upholstered in a quality fabric. The seats are bolstered with a perforated gray material and feature enhanced backrests that offer improved support. The rear seats fold down to increase the hatch’s cargo space. Although official information is not out, Nissan claims the model will offer cargo room that will be among the best in the segment.
Tech-wise, the new Nissan Micra is well equipped for a model in this segment. It features emergency braking, pedestrian recognition, an intelligent round view camera, high beam assist, traffic sign recognition as well as blind spot monitoring.
Engine specs and performance
The new Micra will be powered by three drive-trains. The base engine is a 1.0 L, naturally-aspirated 3-cylinder mill good for 75 hp. For more power, Nissan offers a 0.9 L, turbocharged 3-cyliner powerplant that produces 90 hp.
There will also be a turbo-diesel engine with a displacement of 1.5 liters. This engine produces 90 horses just like the 0.9 L, petrol mill. The three engines are mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox.
Price and release date
The 5th generation Nissan Micra will be delivered to dealerships starting March next year. The model will be manufactured at the Renault’s Flins factory in France since the two companies have an ongoing alliance.
As for the price, Nissan is yet to release official information. However, insider sources reveal that the model could start at around $10,000 in some markets. We will update you with more information close to the model’s release date.
The last generation of Nissan Micra struggled to compete with other rivals. However, the new model will compete with the Ford Fiesta and Honda Jazz.