The covers have finally been pulled from the new Nissan Micra supermini. While previous versions have never made much of an impact in a sector dominated by the Ford Fiesta and the Volkswagen Polo, the new model promises big improvements. Could it be the one to dethrone the class kings? Read on to find out…
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2017 Nissan Micra styling
The new Micra hasn’t strayed far from the styling previewed by the Sway Concept earlier in 2016. This means the body is still defined by a strong line running from the front wheelarch to the brake lights, helping break up the sheet metal. Those lines stray further into the bonnet and meet an angular grille not dissimilar to the one on the Qashqai. A range of 10 colours will be offered along with a range of personalisation options.
New to the model is a Mini-like ‘floating’ roof, achieved using a blacked-out C-pillar connecting the roof to the rear haunches. It’s not known whether Nissan will offer a three-door bodystyle along with the five-door shown here, but the rear door handles have been integrated into the C-pillar to give the impression of a sportier three-door body similar to the Renault Clio.
2017 Nissan Micra interior
Inside, the new Micra claims to have more interior space thanks to a lower, wider body putting it among the most spacious in its class. The wide dashboard that Nissan’s dubbed a ‘gliding wing’ helps the interior feel much more modern than its predecessor. In addition, drivers will find it easier to find a comfortable sitting position thanks to more adjustability in the seat and steering wheel compared to the old model.
To help make passengers even more comfortable, Nissan has located the driver’s seat lower in the car than the old model making the driver feel more secure on the move. In addition, the position of the pedals and the gearstick has been optimised for even better driving ergonomics.
2017 Nissan Micra driving and engines
Nissan has worked extensively on the new Micra’s driving experience – a weak point of the old car. Systems from the Qashqai have been installed on the Micra including Active Ride Control that uses the brakes to minimise diving and pitching over big bumps and Active Trace Control that uses the brakes to tighten the car’s line in a corner, reducing understeer.
A new electric power steering system claims to offer even better feel than the old model – hopefully minimising the straight-ahead vagueness that can cause fatigue on long journeys.
Refinement has been improved over the old car thanks to better noise insulation and drastically reduced aerodynamic drag. The new Micra achieves a very impressive drag coefficient of 0.29Cd – among the best in class – which reduces wind noise at speed along with fuel consumption.
From launch, a 0.9-litre turbocharged petrol engine and a 1.5-litre diesel engine will be offered. both with 90hp. Later on, an entry-level 1.0-litre non-turbo petrol will be offered for those mainly driving around town. A six-speed manual will be standard but it’s not clear whether Nissan will use the new twin-clutch automatic from the Renault Twingo or the noisy CVT automatic that’s blighted previous Micras.
2017 Nissan Micra specs
A range of safety systems make their way into the Micra for the first time including lane-departure warning, automatic emergency braking, a 360-degree camera, traffic sign recognition, automatic high beams and blind spot monitoring.
A seven-inch infotainment screen features sat-nav, Bluetooth telephone preparation, a range of apps and Apple CarPlay compatibility. An upgraded Bose audio system will also be offered with the car that features a range of posh speakers to provide a great listening experience.
2017 Nissan Micra price and release date
No pricing data has been released yet but we don’t expect it to cost much more than the current model. This means entry-level versions could cost from as little as £8,000 rising to £14,000 for top-spec versions. Nissan says the car will go on sale in Europe in March 2017.
2017 Nissan Micra latest news (updated June 2016)
Nissan looks set to completely revamp its Micra supermini for 2016. The Ford Fiesta rival is set to ride upon a new platform and feature the latest safety and driver assist systems, as well as getting a complete styling change – as these photos from Motor1 show.
2016 Nissan Micra styling
The current Micra has been with us since 2010, and it wasn’t exactly a revolutionary piece of car design when it was released. Fortunately, Nissan looks set to ensure that the new model looks radically different.
Taking cues from the handsome Sway concept, the next Micra is set to be lower and longer than before, while the formerly rounded but ultimately dull styling has been thrown out in favour of something much more contemporary and aggressive.
Based on the latest spy images, we can see that the front sports large, angular headlights and the latest iteration of Nissan’s grille design. The sides won’t quite carry the same sculpted lines of the Sway, but swollen wheel arches and rear door handles integrated into the C-pillar should add to the visual drama.
2016 Nissan Micra interior
While the outside looks set to bear a clear resemblance to the Sway, the concept’s striking interior looks set to provide only a loose inspiration for the new Micra’s cabin. While the layout might look vaguely familiar, the colours, materials and in-car tech will be more conventional for the production model.
Thanks to the extended dimensions of the new model, we’d expect cabin accommodation to improve with it. The current Micra’s 265-litre boot is below average for the class, therefore we’d expect the replacement to improve on that figure.
New Nissan Micra driving and engines
The driving experience of the next Micra should take a significant step forward over the outgoing model. A new platform, co-developed with Renault (and also set to underpin the next Nissan Juke) should not only improve ride and refinement, but should improve on the current model’s four-star Euro NCAP safety rating. This will be helped by the introduction of driver assists such as autonomous emergency braking, too.
Very few details have been revealed about the engine lineup so far. However, we can expect many Renault-sourced units to feature, including variants of the frugal 1.5-litre diesel. The Juke range is crowned by a hot Nismo version, and we wouldn’t rule out a version of the 215hp 1.6-litre turbocharged motor featuring here, possibly in a Micra Nismo RS model.
New Nissan Micra prices
The current Micra majors on value for money, but we’d expect the jump in quality to bump up the price of the new model. The Renault Clio, which shares many oily bits with the next Micra, starts from just over £11,000 – significantly more than the outgoing Micra’s £7,995.
New Nissan Micra release date
An official release date has yet to be confirmed, but we anticipate the car to be revealed towards the end of 2016.
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