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Another revolution for the Nissan Micra

By raccars Published


Transformed next-generation 2017 Nissan Micra is revealed at the Paris motor show.

The new Nissan Micra for 2017 heralds a major change for the model as it aims to satisfy European demands. Gone are the ‘world car’ and ‘all-markets’ aspirations of the previous generation, making way for a strikingly-styled vehicle packed with features and gadgets.

The car was unveiled to the press at the start of this year’s Paris motor show and it showed off styling that was first seen on the Sway concept car at the 2015 Geneva show.

The Nissan Micra aims to be striking and sharped-edged, offering a sporty feel, whilst still giving the impression of being airy. A range of Fiat 500 and BMW Mini-style options also allow for plenty of personalisation. These include various trim options and the choice of some pretty lurid colours, all developed at the Nissan design centre in Paddington, London.

Sporty inside and out

The sporty feel of the new Nissan Micra continues inside thanks to the low seating position which should allow the driver to feel at one with the road. The airiness is defined, meanwhile, with a dash designed to be clean and uncluttered.

It does not offer the most cabin space in its class but it should be enough for many, and the finish is high-quality, featuring high-spec and soft-touch surfacing; far more so than that usually found in a small hatch.

A bumper package of Nissan Micra technology

The level of technology on offer is one of the most striking aspects of the new Nissan Micra, together with the styling, of course. Options include emergency braking which comes complete with pedestrian recognition. This is still relatively unusual even on large premium cars let alone on small hatches.

There is also the option to have a 360-degree monitor offering an ‘all-around’ view; high-beam automatic lights; a lane departure prevention system; and a surround-sound system from Bose which includes built-in speakers in the driver’s headrest.

Many of these Nissan Micra features are firsts in the segment. Apple Carplay, meanwhile, together with a range of apps, can be accessed through a seven-inch display in the centre of the dash. This can also be used to control mobile phones, the sat nav, and the car’s audio capabilities.

Under the bonnet of the Nissan Micra 2017

A line-up of economical small engines accompanies the new Micra. There is a choice of a 0.9 litre turbo triple producing 90bhp and a four-cylinder 1.5-litre diesel. There will be a non-turbo 1.0-litre petrol engine, offering 75bhp, available in the future. The Micra is underpinned by a new modular platform which improves upon the Clio and the Micra’s ride and handling, with the objective of competing with the ever popular Fiesta.

A new era for the Micra

The Nissan Micra is becoming renowned for its ability to swing backwards and forwards in the style stakes. The first generation was a ‘safe’ boxy, lightweight offering, whilst the Sunderland-built second generation became a European Car of the Year.

The third generation of the Nissan Micra was also made in the UK and was a popular supermini thanks to its Avant Garde styling and technical prowess before this made way for another safe styling option displayed in the fourth generation.

The fifth generation Nissan Micra embodies an increased level of design courage. Sales of this model will begin in March for the UK market and prices will compete with the Polo and Fiesta, whilst increasing slightly from those of the previous Micra.

The car is produced at Renault’s Flins plant in France, alongside the likes of the Zoe and the Clio. Flins was also the production plant for the old Renault 4.

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